HR leaders are looking forward to the HR Indaba

The inaugural HR Indaba will be the largest gathering of HR professionals ever held in South Africa.

With over 3,000 HR professionals, 50 amazing speakers and 40 partners and exhibitors, this year’s inaugural HR Indaba Africa will prove to be exactly what HR in South Africa needs.

“The HR Indaba is exactly what the HR community has been yearning for, for quite some time,” says Adams & Adams HR director Marge Mantjie. “It is a platform where diversified HR community members gather, engage and shape the future of the HR profession. I am thrilled to be a member of this community!”

There is no doubt that the inaugural HR Indaba Africa on 3 and 4 October promises to be an astonishing gathering of thousands of HR professional yearning to learn, network and unlock their true potential. From now on, it is the best event on the HR calendar where human resources professionals could get up to speed with the latest trends, technologies and HR hacks. The event brings together thousands of colleagues, suppliers, platforms, universities, specialists, recruitment agencies, CHROs and thought leaders under one roof in the Sandton Convention Centre.

“You can only get true lessons in life through these type of platforms, I can’t wait to participate,” says AngloGold Ashanti’s Dr. James Ramakau. One of his fellow speakers, Tshidi Khunou of FNB Wealth and Investments, is equally bullish:  “It’s going to be epic, I am so excited!”

BHBW’s Malisha Awunor believes the HR Indaba presents “an inspiring opportunity for learning and sharing," and, similarly, Pamela Xaba from Ford Motor Companies said: “It is such an honour and a privilege to be part of the CHRO community, to contribute in making a difference in the development of others and sharing ideas with like-minded professionals.”

The excitement in the HR community has been palpable, ever since the event was announced. “Generations and the way they approach the world are rapidly changing and more and more business leaders realise - or find out the hard way - that the organisation’s strategy needs to be aligned with its HR strategy,” says Maud Meijvis, the community manager for CHRO South Africa. “This is the age of HR! The success of your organisation now depends on the way you as HR directors build the skills, talent and capacity for the future.”

Influential HR experts have been closely involved in putting together the programme. “I’m proud to be part of this platform, because I’m passionate about creating the leaders of tomorrow through people transformation across sectors,” says Absa’s Sthembiso Phakathi and his observation is echoed by Ndivhu Nepfumbada of Transunion: “There are not many opportunities for us as HR professionals to learn from each other and to connect, so the HR Indaba is a unique opportunity to do just that and I cannot miss it!”

Brigitte Da Gama of McDonalds SA is also one of the speakers. She says: “The HR Indaba is a wonderful platform for HR practitioners to learn, network, compare notes and advance the profession; all of which in turn will enhance the capacity of the HR community to tackle the most pressing people challenges facing their respective organisations and the country.”

British American Tobacco’s Candice Watson is equally looking forward to the event: “Businesses don’t transform…people do! And this is exactly why I’m super-excited to share learnings with a community of people passionate about HR transformation.”

CHRO South Africa’s advisory board members Shirley Zinn (a legendary HR leader who worked for many companies) and Jeanett Modise (Sanlam Investments) are also backing the event.I am excited to be part of the HR Indaba,” says Jeanett. “What a powerful platform to connect, learn and share experiences with such a diverse community of professionals!” And Shirley says: “The HR Indaba is a great opportunity for HR professionals to get together and to share the learnings, and also enable and support each other through engagement.”