Prof Nomafrench Mbombo
Dr Nomafrench Mbombo became the first woman to be appointed as MEC for Health in the Western Cape at the beginning of 2015. She is the first black woman to hold a ministerial post in the province and the first nursing professional to be appointed to the position (all her predecessors were medical doctors).
Dr Mbombo completed her undergraduate studies in Nursing Science at the University of the Free State and received her Master’s in Maternal and Child Health from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She was awarded a PhD in nursing science at UWC, where she served as lecturer, senior lecturer and associate professor in the School of Nursing. Dr Mbombo previously worked in provincial and local government health departments in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
Dr Mbombo has worked with local, provincial, national and international stakeholders, with a particular interest in engagement with the populations most at risk, including pregnant and rural women and minorities. While at UWC, she held positions in or consulted to a number of organisations and entities, including serving on the National Committee of Confidential Enquiries on Maternal Death.
Dr Mbombo has been a visiting fellow and research associate with several international universities and organisations, including NEPAD and the UN Office of Human Rights: Women & Gender Directorate and Special Rapporteur on Health.
She entered the Western Cape political arena in May 2014, when Premier Helen Zille appointed her as Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport.
As MEC for Health, Dr Mbombo plays a key role in moving the healthcare system from providing curative, reactive healthcare, to providing preventative, primary healthcare, and contributing to providing greater access to appropriate quality healthcare for the whole of the Western Cape community.
Dr Ivan Meyer
Former civil servant, academic, author, poet, politician, and Western Cape Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Dr Ivan Meyer, was appointed in May 2014 as the Minister of Finance in the Western Cape Government. He has also been given political responsibility for the Western Cape’s International Relations Portfolio. Prior to taking up his most recent portfolio Dr Meyer served as Minister of Social Development (2009- August 2010) and Minister of Sport and Cultural Affairs (September 2010- May 2014).
Minister Meyer was a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Local Governance at the University of Stellenbosch at the time of his election to the Provincial Legislature in April 2009. Before that he served as the Chief Director: Provincial Training in the Western Cape Provincial Administration.
He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as a number of international certificates and diplomas. He has published widely in the fields of education, housing, local government and public administration.
A firm believer in the promotion of language rights which is a founding principle of the SA Constitution, Dr Meyer is fluent in Afrikaans, English, and German. A number of his poems were published in the anthology, Teater van ‘n Velore Tyd in 2012.
While Minister Meyer would be the first one to admit that he does not get onto his bicycle enough, he does try to cycle as often as possible. His other passion is chess which he believes teaches one valuable life lessons. Staff can certainly expect to be invited to either a gentle cycle ride or a very intense game of chess.
Dr Meyer is a proponent of fiscal discipline in all spheres of government, and champions the idea that public servants should create public value.
Trevor Manuel served as a Cabinet Minister from 1994 to 2014 under the first four Presidents of democratic South Africa: Mandela, Mbeki, Motlanthe, and Zuma. He was first appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Trade and Industry in May 1994, a portfolio he held for two years. In April 1996, he became Finance Minister, steering the South African economy for 13 years as one of the world’s longest serving finance ministers. During his last term in office, he served as Minister in the Presidency responsible for the National Planning Commission, a position he held from May 2009 to May 2014. During his two decades as a Cabinet Minister he also served as a Member of Parliament, representing the African National Congress in a system of proportional representation.
His ministerial career highlights have tracked two decades of major social and economic development in the South African economy. As Minister of Trade and Industry, he led the process of reintegrating South Africa into the global economy after decades of sanctions and disinvestment. Domestically, he introduced extensive support measures for small, medium and micro-enterprises to boost local economic development and grow business enterprise. During his lengthy tenure as Minister of Finance he stabilised the macro-economy returning the economy to growth, significantly transformed the fiscal system in respect of taxation and public spending, reduced South Africa’s fiscal deficit and debt, and introduced an intergovernmental system to efficiently manage expenditure across the three spheres of government. He spearheaded the Financial Sector Charter, a first of its kind in the country, aimed at transforming the financial sector and providing financial services to the majority of South Africans previously excluded from the formal economy. As Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, he oversaw the drafting of the broadly-accepted and first National Development Plan for the country.
During his Ministerial career Mr Manuel assumed a number of ex officio positions in international bodies, including the United Nations Commission for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Bank, the IMF, the G20, the African Development Bank and the Southern African Development Community. He was elected by his peers as chair of a number of these bodies. He served two terms as Chairperson of the Development Committee of the World Bank.
He was also appointed to serve in various capacities in his own right. He was thus Special Envoy for Financing Development on two occasions, in 2001 and 2008, by successive Secretaries General of the United Nations. He served on various international commissions including the Task Force on Global Public Goods (2002/3), the Africa Commission (2005), the Commission on Growth and Development (2006 to 2010), the Global Ocean Commission (2012/4 – which he also co-chaired) and the Commission on the New Climate Economy (2013/4). He was requested to chair various Task Teams including on IMF Governance Reform (2007/8) and the World Bank Doing Business Report (2013).
Mr Manuel has received a number of awards and recognitions, including Africa's Finance Minister of the Year and the Woodrow Wilson Public Service award. He has 8 honorary doctorates from South African tertiary institutions in a range of disciplines Commerce, Law, Technology and a Doctor of Laws from MacMaster University, Ontario Canada. He has served as the Chancellor of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) since May 2008 until 2013.
He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Development Policy & Practice at UCT (since 2015) where he is a Senior Political Fellow, and as Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Johannesburg (since 2014).
Mr Manuel is Chairperson of Old Mutual Group Holdings and serves on the boards of Old Mutual Plc and Old Mutual Emerging Markets. He serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of SwissRe. He is a Senior Advisor to and the Chairperson of Rothschild. He also serves as a Trustee on the Allan Gray Orbis Endowment Trust. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Centre for African Cities at UCT.
Mr Manuel was born in 1956. He matriculated from Harold Cressy High School in Cape Town. He has a National Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering from the Peninsula Technikon and completed the Executive Management Programme - a joint programme between Stanford University and the National University of Singapore. He is married to Maria Ramos and they live in South Africa.
Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng
Mamokgethi Phakeng began her term of office as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town on 1 July 2018, where she had been serving as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation since January 2017. Previous to this appointment she served as Vice Principal for Research and Innovation at the University of South Africa (Unisa) for five years, after serving three years as Executive Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at the same university.
She holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand, and is a highly regarded B1 NRF-rated scientist with over 60 research papers and five edited volumes published. She has won numerous awards for her research and community work, including the Order of the Baobab (Silver) conferred on her by the President of South Africa in April 2016.
In August 2014, CEO magazine named her the most influential woman academic in Africa, and in August 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Award in the education category. In 2016 she was appointed by the then Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, to chair the Human Resource Development Council standing committee on Mathematics and Science Education.
Kgethi is founder of the Adopt-a-learner Foundation (www.adopt-a-learner.com), a non-profit organisation that started in 2004 and provides financial and educational support to students from township and rural areas to acquire higher education qualifications.
Erwin Schwella studied Law, Sociology, and Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University.
He is a Professor of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch and Tilburg Universities, and a Professorial Fellow at Leiden University. He has held visiting academic positions at renowned universities, including the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Leiden University, and Leuven University.
He is well published with more than 100 academic publications. He has completed many high level consultancies for governments globally.
He is globally involved in senior leadership education and training in governance.
Current research interests include socially innovative leadership in governance, and he is a rated researcher in South Africa.