Local News/28 September 2023,05:20am /Mandla Nkosi
Free State Premier Mxolisi Dukwana: image supplied
By Mandla Nkosi: In a significant reshuffle, the Free State Provincial Government has announced the appointment of new Heads of Departments (HODs) following a rigorous selection process. The departments under review include Community Safety, Roads and Transport, Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, and Social Development.
All shortlisted candidates exhibited a robust understanding of administrative procedures, but only one individual could secure the HOD position for each department.
Dr. Masego Tshabalala has been appointed as the HOD for the Department of Community Safety, Roads and Transport. Advocate Tumelo Phahlo will helm the Department of Social Development, and Mr. Steve Tshabalala has been selected as the HOD for the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation.
The government has expressed confidence in the capabilities and experience of the new HODs. They are expected to perform their respective roles with distinction and make meaningful contributions to the development of their sectors.
Advocate Phahlo has an impressive 25-year long career trajectory in the public sector, where he has served in various capacities such as Director, Chief-Director, and Acting Head of Department since 2020. He holds a B Proc and LLB degrees and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court in 2001.
Dr. Tshabalala has been involved in the public sector for 27 years, both at the national and provincial levels, and has extensive experience in the infrastructure sector. Her academic credentials include two Honours Degrees, an MBA, and a PhD in Business Management.
Mr. Tshabalala brings to the table 28 years of public sector experience. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.
The government extended its gratitude to all applicants and wished the unsuccessful candidates well in their future endeavours.
The newly appointed HODs are now tasked with the responsibility of leading their departments in meeting the expectations of the people of the Free State Province. The government, as well as citizens, anticipate that these appointments will bring about positive changes in the respective sectors.