MEC, Bonakele Majuba matriculated at Mehlomakhulu Senior Secondary School and obtained his Senior Teachers Diploma with the then Transvaal College of Education in 1991.

He practiced as a teacher from 1991 until 2000 at St Joseph’s Comprehensive School. In 2001 he was elected as the SADTU Regional Secretary for the Western Regional Office (KwaMhlanga) and served until 2006 wherein he was elected as the SADTU Deputy Provincial Secretary.

In 2004 he was elected as SACP District Chairperson for Ephraim Mogale District. In the period 2007 to 2008, he was deployed as the Acting Provincial Secretary of SADTU and was later in 2008 elected as the Deputy President of SADTU. He discharged his national responsibility until 2009, when he was deployed to serve as a Member of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature by the African National Congress. In the same year, 2009 he was elected the Provincial Secretary of SACP, Mpumalanga. A position he is currently serving on. 

In the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature he served in nine (9) portfolio committees between 2009 and 2014 which amongst them are SCOPA, and the Portfolio Committee Responsible for Education. He chaired the Portfolio Committee on Public Works, Roads and Transport (2009 – 2012). Between 2014 and 2018 he further served in the Education portfolio and other four (4) Committees. In March 2018, he was elected as the Deputy Speaker for the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature.

Despite his deployment and responsibilities, he continued to equip himself with education as he furthered his studies with Wits University and Regeneysis respectively. He is a seasoned people servant having spent most of his leadership years as a SADTU leader in the Education sector.

On 29 May 2019, the Premier of Mpumalanga, Mrs. RM Tsipane appointed Mr. Bonakele Majuba as the MEC for Education in Mpumalanga.


Niel Steinmann is a specialist business consultant and registered Industrial Psychologist. He is an author, public speaker and South Africa’s leading authority on mentorship. He founded Peoples Dynamic Development in 1999, a consulting firm that assist people and organisations to significantly increase their performance capacity.

Niel is the author of Fundamentals for effective mentoring: Raising giant killers which received international recognition and endorsement from prominent and renowned Leadership consultant Dr Ken Blanchard.

Furthermore to his contribution to notable South African & International companies, he is recognised and respected for his ground-breaking work in the social sectors, including education, health care, faith based organisations, entrepreneurial ventures and non-profit organisations.

He has an established track record with notable firms both locally and internationally. Regarded by many as the “Lion man” for his remarkable studies on lions. He is also described by friends as a struggling golfer, a passionate cyclist, a proud father and a loving husband.


It is well known that technology has the power to transform teaching by bringing in a new model of interaction between teachers and learners. This model links teachers to their learners and to professional content, resources, and systems to help them improve their own instruction and personalize learning. This is well aligned to the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is characterised by emerging technology breakthroughs in a number of fields, including robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, The Internet of Things (IoT), decentralized consensus, 3D printing and autonomous vehicles. The biggest impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is to improve the quality of life, reduce inequality of the world’s population and raise income levels. The underlying basis for 4IR lies in advances in communication and connectivity rather than technology. The presentation will touch on the latter aspects in relation to teaching and learning.


Dr. David Molapo is the Founder and President of the I CAN Leadership Co. Africa. He is also the foremost management consultant, educator and renowned inspirational speaker. Using a fine combination of humor, an incredible stage presence, and his personal life experiences, David has a unique ability to mesmerize any audience with his message of hope. For more information about his work with various government departments, corporates and faith based organizations kindly check ( www.icanleadafrica.com)

Through his public appearances in the media, David effectively motivates, inspires, and impacts more than 5 million people in Africa each year, providing them with the confidence and tools to change their lives, as well as those of the people around them.

At the age of 13, David was imprisoned for political activities. While in prison, he had an encounter with God. It is in jail where he started an amazing process of changing his life that led him to be the successful businessman, leader, husband, and father that he is today.

Dr Molapo was the Chairman of the Billy Graham Ministry for 7 years, President of the Promise Keepers Southern Africa and General Secretary of the Interdenominational Youth Organization.

In August 1994, David became a finalist for the Junior Chamber International Award of Ten Outstanding Young People of the World, and has appeared in the Who’s Who in South Africa since 1995. In July l999, he was awarded the prestigious PMR Silver Arrow Award as Best in Motivational, Incentive, and Business Consulting.

Dr Molapo is no stranger to the corporate world. He was the Chairman of Transformation for South African Airways and held directorships in companies such as Lexmark International, Clientelle Life, Katanga Properties, Excellerate Holdings, Imperial Logistics and Dimension Data Holdings.

David speaks on many subjects, including Leading Effectively In Difficult Times, Quality Management, Communication, Work Life Balance, Team Building, Emotional Intelligence and Accepting Change. Some of the books he authored include Growing Up Spiritually, The 10 Exciting Keys to Success, If You Are Not Growing…You Are Dying, Choose to Change, I CAN Counsel, Business Ethics and Taking Charge In Times Of Challenge.

David and his dynamic team offer purpose-driven coaching which focuses holistically on increasing self- awareness, changing mindsets and frameworks for action and fostering sustainable behavioural shifts.

Dr Molapo is widely known overseas for his presentation on “Leadership Lessons From Nelson Mandela”. He was coached and mentored by this icon and was honoured to be part of the organizing team during the memorial services held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

David’s motto in life is “We are no longer prisoners of our past but pioneers of our future”.


Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli is currently the Director-General of Basic Education. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in Education with Honors, a Bachelor of Administration in Industrial Relations with Honors, and a Master’s Degree in Development and Management.

He has occupied various positions in the public service and civil society. Prior to being appointed to his current position as the Director-General of Basic Education, which he assumed in August 2015, Mr Mweli served, inter alia, as the Head of Department of the North West Education Department, the Deputy Director-General for Curriculum Policy, Support and Monitoring in the Department of Basic Education, and the Administrator of the Eastern Cape Education Department where he impacted education positively.

He has led delegations and missions to attend and present at a number of global events on behalf of the sector and the country. The experience and expertise gained while holding these portfolios and his participation in global events have equipped him to serve as efficiently as he does, as he heads Basic Education in the country.

As Director-General, Mr Mweli believes in engaging with key role players in the value chain of delivery. He has taken the role of monitoring and support of provinces, districts and schools very seriously. He holds engagements and visits all provincial and district officials as well as principals six times a year. These efforts are informed by the quality assurance philosophy of what gets measured and monitored gets done. He has been part of the team which has seen a steady increase in the improvement of learning outcomes, and the introduction of skills and competencies for a changing world in the curriculum as well as established a world class curriculum and public examination system.


Joseph James Ndlebe is a qualified Life Science Teacher.  He taught at several high schools in Soweto, moving from teacher, HOD, Deputy Principal and eventually principal. He managed an ABET Centre for 10 years in the afternoon and evenings while teaching full time. He worked at several districts at the Gauteng Department of Education as a Circuit Manager and Chief Education Specialist responsible for Circuit Managers respectively.

James is the Director of Education Management and Governance Development at the Department of Basic Education where he is responsible for all school management, SGBs and RCL matters. He is currently the Acting Chief Director for Education Human Resources Development which include Initial Teacher Development and Continuous Professional Teacher Development


Preamble:   He is an energetic, ambitious and hardworking person who is results oriented. He has developed a mature and responsible approach to any task that he undertakes or situation that he is presented with. He does not fear to venture into things he has never done before. His leadership philosophy is based on creating friendly working environment where every member feels free to harness his or her potential for the fullest benefit of the organization concerned.

Education:  He holds Bachelor of Laws from the University of Venda (2002). Master’s degree in Human rights law from University of Venda (2004). Master’s degree in management and development law from University of Limpopo (2008) and Master’s degree in labour law from University of Limpopo (2011).

Work experience: Admitted as an Advocate in 2003, and has been working as an Advocate, Academic and legal consultant. He has 20 years’ experience in leadership, 14 years in teaching and/ or lecturing, 10 years in facilitation, 5 years in management, he has excellent track record in presenting, extensive background in law and wide experience in advocacy. He is currently the director of legal services in the Mpumalanga Provincial government, department of Human settlements.

Skills: Leadership, communication, Facilitation, management, and problem solving skills.

Community engagements:  He has served as a commissioner for the small claims court at Mankweng and Seshego court respectively in Limpopo Province for the period of 9 years uninterrupted.

‘communication in Education: School Safety and Discipline’.

There is no more important endeavor than safe guarding the welfare of our children and youth. Creating safe and supportive schools is central to this purpose and must become a national priority. School safety shall never be achieved with a single program or piece of security equipment. Rather effective school safety begins with prevention; provides for student’s mental health; integrates physical and psychological safety; and engages schools, families, and communities as partners. The following subtopics shall be covered during the course of the presentation:

  • Legislative framework
  • Effective School Safety Program
  • Partnership for achieving school safety and success
  • Physical and psychological safety
  • The importance of creating a safe learning environment


Was born at Tlangelani Mdabula in the Malamulele area. Matriculated at Giyani high school in 1975. Completed junior Secondary Teacher ‘s Course at Tivumbeni training institution in 1977. Taught at Hlalukweni high school for seven (7) years. Became the principal of Rivubye high school from 1985 to June 2008. The school was well known of its outstanding grade 12 results for both quantities and qualities. In 2007 he was awarded a presidential award for constantly producing good results. In 2001 he became the first black president of the South African Principal’s Association. It gave him an opportunity to visit all districts in the Limpopo Province and addressed principals on managerial role that the principal could play for the better performance of his / her institution.

He went on retirement at the end of December 2015. He is now serving as provincial monitor under UMALUSI monitoring examinations at the Independent and Public schools, Circuits, Districts and TVETS. He is passionate to education and as such in 2017 he adopted eight secondary schools in Colins Chabane Munisipality to assist these schools to produce quality results in grade 12. Of the eight schools one has emerge as the best performing school in the Vhembe district. He also adopted one school at Nkowankowa Circuit which has produced 21% in2016 and now has produced 75% pass in 2017 At Sout Pansberg East Circuit One School obtain 98% pass and 65% bachelor pass in the 2018 results He is not assisting these schools only as he is  invited to other schools in the Mopani and Vhembe Districts addressing learners and parents. He has addressed various circuits at their strategic management workshops. Once been an examiner of history grade 12. He has completed the following degrees through correspondence: BA, BED, MED and DOCTORATE. which he completed in 1998. He has done an indepth research on contributory factors which affects performance of learners and broader community involvement in schools. Heis a member of The Evangelical Presbyterian Church in South Africa


Moloko is currently employed by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF). He is employed as a manager for the Science Education Division. He has been a teacher, lecturer and education specialist in the area of mathematics, science and technology. He participated extensively in curriculum development including mathematics, mathematical literacy, technology subjects as well as now recently with the development of technical mathematics and technical science grades 10-12. His qualifications include technical qualifications, NND(Mechanical), NND(Electrical), MSc (Electronics) and currently engaged in a comparison study on the  employment prospects of learners taking electrical engineering technology subjects in technical high school and in TVET colleges.


Skills and Expertise

Daniel is a Science Specialist at Moipone Academy Science Centre. He is responsible for developing and implementing the STEMI Education programmes. He has extensive knowledge and experience in STEMI education and Science Communication in both public and private sectors.

B Tech: Chemical Engineering (Tshwane University of Technology)
ND: Chemical Engineering (Cape Peninsula University of Technology)
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (North-West University)
Total Quality Management (University of South Africa)

November 2018- present, Board of Director, SAASTEC (Southern African Association of Science & Technology Centres)
March 2017- present, Chairman, ASTEMI (The Association of Science; Technology; Engineering; Mathematics and Innovation)
March 2016 – March 2017, Vice-Chairman, ASTEMI (The Association of Science; Technology; Engineering; Mathematics and Innovation)


Dr Melodie de Jager is the founder of the Mind Moves Institute and author of ground breaking programmes and books on preconceptual care, birth, child development, learning, leadership and quality of life – irrespective of age.

Melodie regularly hosts workshops, is a frequent guest on radio and TV, and much in demand as a keynote speaker. Her true passion is the empowerment of disadvantaged communities through quality education.

B.Prim.Ed / B.Ed Psych / M.Ed Psych / D.Phil
Mother / Author/ Developmental Specialist/ Keynote Speaker


Mr. Patrick Sibusiso Zwane is the Director for Further Education and Training Development in the Mpumalanga Department of Education assigned to curriculum management and administration of independent schools in the province.

He is passionate about improving learner performance and enhancing teaching and learning. His enthusiasm about a stimulating and encouraging classroom atmosphere is informed by his assertion that all learners, irrespective of their backgrounds, are capable of realizing their dreams given the required support in an exciting, inviting, positive and enabling environment. He continuously engages teachers, school management teams, curriculum planners, subject advisors, education officials and stakeholders in crafting, implementing, monitoring and reviewing learner performance improvement strategies across all grades and subjects.

He will share with you innovative and practical ways and means of implementing learner improvement strategies that work and deliver the intended outcomes in pursuit of excellence that we all yearn and strive for.


Mr Mfana Lushaba is currently employed by Mpumalanga Department of Education. He is a Chief Director for District Coordination and Management in the Department. He holds qualifications of Bachelor of Arts in Education from University of the North; Bachelor of Education from University of Zululand and Masters in Education from Rand Afrikaans University.

He has been working with schools as a Principal of Sidlamafa Secondary School, District Head of Malelane District, District Director of Ehlanzeni District, District Director of Bohlabela District, and later appointed Chief Director District Coordination and Management in Mpumalanga Education Department.

Mr Lushaba is currently responsible for education accountability from schools, circuits and districts to the Provincial Department of Education on matters of performance in the classroom ecology



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