2016 Judges

Mathibela Mankge

Mathibela Mankge

Mr. Mathibela Mankge is working for the National Department of Tourism (NDT) as a Director for Tourism B-BBEE Sector Transformation. He is responsible for the development and monitoring of implementation of transformation policy in the tourism sector and management of the Charter Council. He was instrumental in the development of the new B-BBEE Code, which saw the sector becoming the first to gazette the Amended Tourism B-BBEE Sector Code in 2015, showing the commitment of tourism stakeholders to the empowerment and transformation of the sector. Prior to joining the NDT, Mr. Mankge was a Deputy Director for Presidential B-BBEE Advisory Council at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). He also worked for Parliament of the Republic of South Africa as a Committee Secretary for Portfolio Committees on Finance and Home Affairs assisting and advising Members of Parliament (MPs) to amongst others consider Bills, deal with departmental budget votes, oversee the work of the departments and investigate any relevant matter of public interest. Part of his significant outcome was the solemnisation of Civil Unions in 2006, which made South Africa the first in Africa and one of the few countries in the world to provide for the legal recognition of same sex marriages. He started his career as a Research and Policy Intern at the Centre for Education Policy Development (CEPD), which was primarily responsible for developing a number of major policy documents to influence the direction of education policy in the country. He was later seconded to the Department of Education (DoE) as a Cordinator for the Ministerial Committee on School Governance and Management. Mr. Mankge holds a Masters Degree in Development Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand with majors in Economics and Sociology of Development. He also obtained a Bachelor of Social Science Degree from the same institution and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Wits Graduate School of Public & Development Management. He received several accolades in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement and esteemed leadership role. Overtime, he also received several short term training on Corporate Governance & Leadership, Rural Development and Enterpreneurship, Policy Monitoring & Evaluation, including Impact Evaluation, from various institutions such as the Universiti Utara Malaysia, Harvard University jointly with the World Bank, and lastly Wits Business School. He has more than 14 years of work experience on policy development, including 10 years on management levels in various organisations. He is very passionate about transformation and community development. He likes traveling and interacting with people.