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[Public Sector/ Local Government including Corporate Environment]

Using strong local government& corporate leadership, management, and strategy experience at Senior Management level to help the organisation to achieve objectives.

Professional Profile

Qualifications - PhD Student; MBA; BsocSci Joint Honours.


Experience - 12+ Years in Local Government in management roles such as Human Resource Manager: Head of Department, Council Support Manager: Head of Department, and Strategy Consultant. Previous experience as Community Development Co-ordinator and Facilitator (2 years), Trade Union Exposure (4 years).


Local Government Experience- Human Resources; Finance; Municipal Council Support (Public Relations,Public Participation, Committee, Mayoral Support).


Summary of Expertise - Leadership, HR Management, Planning, Strategy Formulation, Drafting Action Plans, Facilitation, Research & Policy Design/ Development, Presentations, Workshopping, Public Relations, Events Management, Budgeting, Performance Management, Training and Development, Recruitment of Staff, Change Management etc.

Personal Details

Full Name - Christian Mxoliswa Mbekela

Postal Address - PO Box 19395, Tecoma, Berea, East London, 5214

Education Details

PhD Student at Rhodes University: Sociology Department].

MBA (Master of Business Administration), Business School Netherlands in 2004

[Core-courses Included - Organizational Behaviour, HR Management, Marketing Management, Operations Management, Financial Management, Information Management, Strategic Management & Dissertation Topic: Challenges Facing the Implementation of Affirmative Action at Buffalo City Municipality In Terms of Employment Equity Act No.55 of 1998].

Diploma in Business Management, Business Management Training College SA, 2002

Core Courses: Labour Relations, Business Economics, Management by Objectives and Art of Negotiation.

Bachelor of Social Science (Joint Honours), Rhodes University, 1995

[Joint Majors - Industrial Sociology and International Relations (Political Studies)]

Bachelor of Social Science, Rhodes University, 1992 to 1994.

Career History follows on page 2

Career History

STRAGETY CONSULTANT: Directorate of Finance 09/2004 to 10/2006

Buffalo City Municipality

Requested by the Chief Financial Officer through the HR Dept. to assist with formulating a 5 year strategic plan, formulation of policies, procedures and internal controls.

Overview of Activities

-   {C}Strategic Planning; Policy and Internal Controls Development and Implementation;

-   {C}Ensuring compliance with Finance Management Act, Municipal Systems Act/Rgulations (etc); Identify policy gaps and make recommendations.

CHAIRMAN: Principal Job Evaluation Committee (PJEC) 07/2003 to 09/2004

Buffalo City Municipality

Selected for secondment to represent:SA Local Govt. Association as Chairman for the purpose of evaluating job-descriptions, for all Municipalities in the Amathole District Municipality jurisdictions (Region 1).

Overview of Activities

-   {C}Preparation and planning of the project; Providing strategic leadership and guidance to the committee;

-   {C}Facilitating the smooth running and success of the process; effective spending of the budget, quality, activity of participants, communication between stakeholders, and meeting of deadlines.

STRATEGY CONSULTANT: Office of the City Manager 08/2002 to 06/2003

Buffalo City Municipality

Seconded to the City Manager’s department to facilitate processes leading to the formulation of the following policy related tasks 1) Institutional Performance Management; 2) Integrated Environmental Co-ordination; 3) Institutional Restructuring.

COUNCIL SUPPORT MANAGER: Head of Department 04/2000 to 07/2002

Buffalo City Municipality (East London)

Core functions included Management of the Committee, Public Relations/Communication, and Community Liaison sections and the Office of the Mayor, budgeting, and management of staff.

Overview of Activities

-   {C}Committee Division: General Management of the division including staff, legal, administration, policy, while ensuring that Committees operate within regulations and their activity properly documented.

-   {C}Public Relations/Communication Division: Developing and implementing communication strategy and action plans; Promoting internal and external PR to improve the image of the council; Arranging Civic functions; Media liaison and dealing with correspondence and Public enquiries.

-   {C}Mayor’s Office - Planning and co-ordinating activities of staff; Ensuring that Mayoral speeches and press releases are of suitable standard and are correctly communicated; Strategic support for Mayor.

-   {C}Budgeting - Preparing and controlling budgets and expenditure for all departments.

-   {C}Staff Management - Performance Management; Training and Development, Recruitment; Allocation of work and assignments; Presiding over disciplinary hearings.

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER: Head of Department 03/1996 to 03/2000

Makana Municipality (erst-while Grahamstown Municipality)

General Management and strategic leadership of the HR function in the organisation.

Overview of Activities

Career History continues on page 3

Career History cont.

Overview of Activities (cont.)

-   {C}Development of HR strategies, policies and systems.

-   {C}Controlling and monitoring expenditure and budgets.

-   {C}Manage training and skills development budget for the entire institution.

-   {C}Maintain discipline and Condition of Service.

-   {C}Develop and ensure effective implementation of Affirmative Action plans.

-   {C}Manage and monitor staff performance.

-   {C}Responsible for staff recruitment, selection, induction and placement of staff.

-   {C}Provide leadership, direction and guidance to staff movement.

-   {C}Monitor the payroll and employee benefits administration in consultation with Treasury Department.

-   {C}Ensure compliance with Occupational Health and Safety act and all other labour laws.

-   {C}Manage Change and Diversity programmes in the workplace.

-   {C}Responsible for facilitating Grading of jobs.

-   {C}Manage Human Resource Planning.

-   {C}Administer Condition of Service including Staff Welfare.

-   {C}Manage Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives.

-   {C}Submit HR related reports to relevant Standing Committee and Counci.

-   {C}Summit annual reports on the state of human resources to the last council meeting at the end of each year.

-   {C}Responsible for the management of all HR aspects and so forth.


·        {C}Full Time Student, 1992 to 1995, Rhodes University.

·        {C}National Student Liaison Officer, SA Youth Congress, towards the end of 1990 – 1991.

·        {C}Erst-while Grahamstown Transitional Local Municipality Councillor in 1995.

·        {C}Community Development Co-ordinator/Facilitator, Grahamstown Area Distress Relief Assoc, 1989-1990.

·        {C}In 1985 – 1988, South African Allied Workers Union (SAAWU) volunteer organiser for the Grahamstown branch.




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ReferencesI have known Christian (Chris) Mxoliswa Mbekela since the 1980s when he suffered a great deal under the Apartheid Regime.From 1989 to 1990 he worked as a Community Co-ordinator for GADRA Advice division...