Author: Sungula Nkabinde
Articles by Sungula Nkabinde
Blue Label Telecom Group HC Professional Services Executive Brigitte Chetty on being “The Olivia Pope of HR”
Asked how she landed the nickname, Brigitte says it all began when she was at Massmart.
Discovery’s Steven Teasdale is a lifelong student of leadership
Steven realised at an early age that there wasn’t a much better feeling in the world than helping people grow.
EPPF head of HR Shyless Nkuna says servant leadership is paramount
If the global financial crisis was the mock exam, Covid-19 presented the real test for HR leaders, says Shyless.
McDonald’s SA's Brigitte Da Gama says their culture is what gets them through tough times
It is also why Brigitte won awards for Transformation & Empowerment and Talent Management at the 2020 CHRO Awards.
Tiger Brands CHRO S'ne Magagula on finding new ways to unlock potential
In her two years at the FMCG giant, S'ne and her team have transformed Tiger's people agenda and talent development approach.
Autoboys CHRO Kyle Chetty has been working 16 hours a day for as long as he can remember
The 2020 Young CHRO of The Year tells the story of what one can achieve if they’re willing to work hard.
Nando’s SA chief people officer Lucia McMullan says their culture is their secret sauce
Lucia says their employer brand is, in some ways, not dissimilar from the company’s witty consumer brand.
Disebo Ramonyalioa “still in shock” at how the world of work has changed
Ntiyiso Consulting Group’s HC director took an eight-month sabbatical before joining the firm.
Tshepo Yvonne Mosadi describes Heineken SA as her first love
Now its HR director, she joined the beer maker before it was registered in South Africa.
Kgomotso Molobye on why she chose Massmart
Kgomotso joined Massmart as vice president: people partner for Massmart’s wholesale business.
DPE supports pilot lockout after negotiations fail
Government approves SAA pilot lockout.
Resignation with immediate effect does not negate the disciplinary process
Webber Wentzel’s employment team revisits an important judgment for employers.
GBCSA and Zutari launch guidelines for safe return to work
GBCSA healthy workspaces collaborate on guidelines to assist employers to reopen safely.
Health department faces legal action for failure to place medical graduate
Trade Union Solidarity is fighting on behalf of an intern doctor awaiting placement.
TalentSmith webinar reveals how war for talent has gone global
Global talent gurus Hung Lee and Tony de Graaf discuss the new reach of recruitment.
2020 CHRO and Young CHRO of The Year speak at year-end get-together
HR and finance leaders came together for the final Community Conversation of the year
Don't miss this world-class talent acquisition disruption masterclass
Hung Lee and Tony de Graaf are the special guests in an upcoming CHRO webinar.
Join the upcoming webinar on future-proof onboarding
Robbie Williamson, the EMEA relationship manager at Enboarder will dazzle attendees with his ideas.
Discovery's Tswelo Kodisang is the 2020 CHRO Of The Year
The second annual CHRO Awards celebrated the best and brightest of SA’s HR leaders.
Intimate community conversation offers time to reflect on impact of job cuts
HR leaders lent each other comforting ears in the face of having to executing retrenchments.
How to make the workplace more arthritis-friendly
Alexander Forbes’ Myrna Sachs on managing arthritis in the workplace.
Deloitte sponsors Strategy & Leadership Award
Deloitte Human Capital Consulting’s Pam Maharaj will be handing out the award on Thursday.
Mondelēz International’s Cebile Xulu remains a steadfast champion of D&I
Cebile is the co-chair of the Mondelez International sub-Sahara African D&I Council, which was instituted in October.
Community Conversation revisits gender pay parity
Mercer CEO Tamara Parker led the discussion, saying salary transparency was the best way to correct pay disparity.
Join Old Mutual’s Celiwe Ross in the talent war webinar
Come and hear from Old Mutual’s human capital director in this Friday’s webinar.
5 pillars of a future-proof Employee Value Proposition
In a recent CHRO webinar, Momentum Consultants and Actuaries’ Emda Fourie explored the tenets of a great EVP.
Compliance Online delivers policy writing masterclass
In a recent webinar, experts explained the dos and don’ts of effective policy writing.
CHRO SA to host webinar on how to write an effective policy
Attendees will hear from experts on how to write a policy that drives its intended behaviour.
Webinar highlights the importance of fostering human connection
Experts from Oracle and MMH shared ideas on boundary setting and facilitating connection.
HR leaders impressed by Eskom’s Covid-19 resurgence plan
CHRO Community Conversation hears how Eskom is preparing for the second wave of infections.
Dieter Veldsman on the 5 ‘Rs’ that shaped MMH’s response to Covid-19
In an upcoming webinar, Dieter will share lessons from their return-to-office future plans.
Novel 360-feedback approach wows webinar attendees
Experts from ooba proved that HFMtalentindex’s 360-degrees-on-steroids approach works.
Webinar takes deep dive into SAP SuccessFactors
Experts explore the transformational journey of HCM tech implementations.
Community Conversation explores employer liability regarding employee safety
Bowmans senior associate Chloё Loubser discusses workforce-related legal issues during the pandemic.
Barloworld's Tantaswa Fubu talks about her journey with depression
Tantaswa's experiences led to her becoming the poster girl for mental wellness within the organisation
Employee engagement guru Debra Corey, on embracing the chaos
HR experts shared some of the positives that have come from the pandemic.
Join upcoming webinar to learn advanced 360-degree feedback methodology
HFMtalentindex incorporates potential and Learning Agility into this traditional performance management technique.
3 tips for instantly improving employee wellness
In a recent CHRO SA webinar, Alexander Forbes’s Myrna Sachs advised on how to improve wellness.
Find out what’s next for employee engagement in upcoming webinar
Don’t miss the employee engagement masterclass with TalentSmith Technology.
CHRO Community Conversation hears about the importance of values
Employee engagement guru Debra Corey talked about the power of company values during Covid-19.
Learning & Development practitioners should accelerate their own learning journeys
CHRO webinar explores the importance of reinventing learning and development beyond Covid-19.
Tackling new onboarding techniques
HR leaders discuss new approaches to onboarding in this week’s CHRO Community Conversation.
Mars Africa’s Nerisha Charlton is never demoralised by adversity
Nerisha says she has always found the strength to overcome even the most strenuous of life’s challenges.
Why building a resilient workforce matters
Oracle’s Rob Bothma says only resilient workforces have thrived in this “forced evolution”.
Contemplating the cost to company caused by Covid
Momentum Corporate’s Elna van Wyk explores the impact Covid-19 will have on employees’ mental health and disability claims.
Google HR Cluster Head for SSA Avanthi Maharaj on leading with compassion
Avanthi says joining Google was a dream come true.
Jaguar Land Rover SA's Tanya Ramlagan's career has been a pursuit of purpose and balance
It was only after 18 years into her career that Tanya took her first HR role.
CHRO SA webinar explores how to handle labour relations online
Experts from Bowmans and erNavigator discuss online disciplinary hearings among other things.
4 roles leaders must be able to play in this 'new normal'
MTN's Paul Norman told Community Conversation attendees what they should expect from their leaders.
JSE HR director Donald Khumalo on the introduction of 'No-Meeting Wednesdays'
JSE employees have the first and third Wednesday of every month blocked out in their calendars.
Don't miss the Oracle's masterclass on enabling the remote workforce
Join Wednesday's webinar to better understand how the world of work has changed, and how you could empower your workforce to meet the new demands.
Standard Bank CMO Thulani Sibeko explains new brand promise
Marketers Community Conversation hears how the new 'It can be' slogan came about.
Investec's Lesley-Anne Gatter delivers organisational culture masterclass
This week's CHRO Community Conversation reminded HR leaders why culture is so important.
Community Conversation delves into how to cultivate a sense of belonging in the workplace
This was one of the key elements of Deloitte's 2020 Human Capital Trends report, presented by Fortune Gamanya.
Igniting human potential is everything to Tiger Brands CHRO S'ne Magagula
"In my view, human resources is about connecting the art of possibility, individual and team potential with organisational performance. It is how innovation comes to life and that's what inspires me the most about leading change in an organisation like Tiger," says S'ne.
Talent optimisation in the spotlight at CHRO SA Community Conversation
HR leaders discuss how they made the best of a bad situation talent-wise during Covid-10 lockdown.
What does Covid-19 mean for employee benefits?
Join the CHRO Webinar in which Sanlam Corporate will reveal the results of its 2020 research around employers, retirement funds and professional consultants.
6 phases of the employee experience and how to enhance them
CHRO SA's recent webinar featured Torque MD and employee experience expert Sally Acton.
PPC's Phindokuhle Mohlala says their Change Ambassadors have been a godsend
Phindo introduced Change Ambassadors to ease turbulence in times of transition and uncertainty.
Samela Holdings CEO Bongani Hlophe was drawn to HR by its political wonder
Bongani pivoted from a career in law when his political heart strings were pulled.
Leading HR in a law firm is no child's play, says Webber Wentzel HR director Rachel Masuku
Rachel says credibility is the most important trait that one needs to have in a law firm.
From classroom to boardroom: Meet Tamara Parker, CEO of Mercer South Africa
Never one to shy away from making bold changes, Tamara welcomes new adventures.
Discovery SA's Trevor Kunda on the current state and future of L&D
Trevor says South Africa's entire learning and development ecosystem is outdated.
ClarkHouse Human Capital sponsor CHRO Award for transformation and empowerment
Co-founder Deborah Booth says they back HR leaders who think differently about true diversity.
Talking motorbikes and tattoos with Mercedes Benz SA's Abey Kgotle and his wife Nthabe
Following Abey's experience at Lonmin, the pair found healing on a pair of Harley Davidsons.
Hellmann's Marlize Kriel's lessons from a 10-year journey through the Middle East
Wherever she went, Marlize's motto was always to 'add value, make a difference and leave a legacy.'
Discovery SA's Tswelo Kodisang on the parallels between running and being an HR leader
Tswelo runs marathons as a way to explore new cities around the world.
ENSafrica's Lebitso Mokgatle on finding the HR sweet spot
She says society's culture of immediate gratification has had negative consequences on human behaviour.
Working wonderwomen share dinner and advice they can ACT on
Women took time out to talk about how to better thrive in both business and personal life.
Employee engagement key to successful digital transformation, says Nedbank's Deborah Fuller
"Gone are the days when command and control are the way to operate," she said at a recent HR conference.
MTN Group CHRO Paul Norman on how employees became the focal point of their growth strategy
The group's global EX strategy highlighted superior employee experience as a critical business imperative.
Old Mutual's Celiwe Ross on why HR must drive the data and analytics agenda
Celiwe was speaking at the recent ClarkHouse Data, Digital and Talent thought leadership event.
Aurecon's People Leader Dean Naidoo found his purpose in Africa
Strong business acumen widens the influence and impact HR leaders can make, says Dean.
You need to have your CEO's ear, says Pioneer Foods group HR executive Nandipha Ngumbela
Nandi says this is crucial to aligning the people agenda with the organisational strategy.
Engagement is a vehicle for driving culture, says Cell C's Juliet Mhango
But there is no one-size-fits-all approach to employee engagement.
Without trust you have nothing, says Virgin Mobile's Michelle Ribeiro
Michelle tried some interesting tactics to win the trust of employees.
Summit gets executives thinking bigger
HR and finance professionals share ideas on big thinking and collaboration at Get Smart Summit.
Q& A with Paramount Group HR Director Martie Baumgardt
Martie's career journey has been tough, but at the centre of it all is empathy.
Samsung's Africa head of HR Bess Skosana has a talent for turning things around
Throughout her career, Bess been involved in massive HR projects that were crucial to the success of the businesses she represented.
CHRO Summit: HR directors reflect on their career journeys
HR leaders shared career development lessons from their own experiences at the last CHRO summit for 2018.
Old Mutual's Celiwe Ross on the importance of focusing on adding value
It's an approach that has held her in good stead since the very beginning of her professional career.
Humans are appreciating and flexible assets, says Korn Ferry's Malcolm Pannell
Malcolm is an engineer turned HR practitioner who is intrigued by the science of maximising human potential.
Pernod Ricard's Shireen Maharaj says young professionals need to be more deliberate in their actions if they are to succeed
Shireen says young professionals need to be willing to constantly reassess their ambitions and capabilities to keep pace with the constant change in the workplace.
Dimension Data's Michaela Voller shares insights about the company's HRI successes
Ultimately, HR tech is about simplifying business processes to improve the customer and employee value propositions.
Clicks Group's HR director Bertina Engelbrecht on how they got their ESOP right
The company's employee share ownership programme has transformed its talent attraction and retention efforts.
Take a chance on people, says Alexander Forbes Group CHRO Christian Schaub
One year into his new role, Christian shares his thoughts on his move from the US to South Africa and a more daring approach to talent management.
HR Indaba Africa 2018: Pearson's professional programmes provide the tools for career advancement
The knowledge and education company believes in continuous learning.
BAT's Leslie Rance on leveraging global scale and technology
Leslie talks about the latest evolution of their HR model, the implementation of the company's integrated systems platform on SAP and the impact on their businesses.
It's about having connected employees, says Deloitte's Andre Vermeulen
Andre explains that there are different applications of HR tech depending on industry and employee profile.
Get to know your people on a personal level, says Four Seasons HR Director Nokuthula Kamwendo
Nokuthula explains the importance of connecting with employees emotionally.
HR Indaba Africa 2018: Life EHS is Life Healthcare's employee wellness business.
The hospital group is a leading healthcare provider in South Africa and has invested in Life EHS to further support the healthcare of employees.
Girl power in full effect at women's dinner
Corporate South Africa's female leaders in finance and HR enjoyed an inspired dinner and conversation about women in the workplace.
Put people first, says Capitec CHRO Nathan Motjuwadi
Nathan feels fortunate to have worked in companies that place high value on their people.
Discovery's Trevor Kunda on grooming the leaders of the future
Trevor believes more effort should be put into developing leaders capable of weathering these trying and uncertain times.
Target the bad apples first, says labour law expert Jonathan Goldberg
Speaking at a recent Beyond HR conference, Jonathan shed light on how organisations could do better with regard to discipline.
HR Indaba Africa 2018: Antal International is a leader in c-suite recruitment
Antal is a global organisation with over 130 offices in more than 26 countries.
Tackling Technology: HR executives discuss robotics and AI at CHRO SA Summit
HR executives shared insights on how to navigate the impact of technology on their teams and their organisations.
Q & A with Grand Parade Investments Limited's Ebrahim Hendricks
After 33 years working in HR, Ebrahim still relishes being able to change people's lives
HR Indaba 2018: Cohesion Collective building social cohesion one organisation at a time
Founder Roy Gluckman tells us more about the firm, which provides strategic consulting, research and training on all matters relating to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion ("EDI") and organisational culture
HR Indaba 2018: LinkdPro is changing the talent management game
This tech company uses unique computer matching algorithms & machine-learning capabilities to automatically match HR executives looking for niche expertise to freelance professionals and experts within hours.
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr's Aadil Patel says race and gender discrimination in the workplace can no longer be ignored
He says the best way to combat legal faux pas related to such matters is to make sure that all parties are well-informed.
EY Partner Chad Schaefer says more HR practitioners should adopt a consulting mindset
EY's Chad Schaefer says a consulting mindset would go a long way in helping solve complex challenges.
Cowan-Harper Partner Neil Coetzer says employers have to think outside the box when managing labour relations
He says communication is the most important thing to get right, particularly when it comes to automation strategies.
Workday SA launch met with contagious enthusiasm
The event was the company's best-attended country launch globally.
The career evolution of Saint-Gobain's Mhlo Ntshangase
Mhlo attributes his success to an extremely challenging introduction to working in the HR profession
HR's advice to finance
What Vodacom CHRO Matimba Mbungela believes the finance profession should keep in mind about people
Q & A with AECI Group's Khosi Matshitse
Khosi says her consulting background has held her in good stead as an HR executive.
Deloitte's Trevor Page on how to build strong teams
Get the strongest talent you can find and let them do their thing, says Trevor
Tiger Brands' Tswelo Kodisang believes in attracting the right talent from the onset
Even if that means hiring much younger candidates who can be groomed into leaders
Q & A with ABSA's Sungeetha Sewpersad
Outdated notions of a woman's place being in the kitchen are still a stumbling block in the world of work today, says Sungeetha
Sthembiso Phakathi has a unique approach to organisational effectiveness
He believes his job is to make his own role obsolete
Culture, leadership and legacy systems
HR execs gathered on September 14 to share ideas around HR tech and the challenges that come with it
HR Tech: The great disconnector
With a week to go before the upcoming master class, we explore the relevance of HR tech in a changing world of work
The elephant in the boardroom
HR executives tackle transformation at inaugural CHRO SA master class
Clarkhouse Human Capital's Roy Clark on diversity
Roy says there is still too much of a compliance-based approach
Recruitment agencies have to evolve
Clarkhouse Human Capital's Debbie Booth on how run-of-the-mill recruitment agencies are fast becoming obsolete
CHRO Roundtable: Losing the 'human' in Human Resources
CHRO SA hosted its second ever roundtable in which the theme was to rediscover the humaneness of the HR profession
Milicom's Yvette Mujinga on managing HR during a takeover
Implementing HR strategies during a company's sale can be problematic
Q&A with Deloitte's Anneke Andrews
Anneke Andrews, Human Capital Director at Deloitte, has been leading the company's talent solutions division for over 10 years.
New home for HR execs: CHRO SA launch a resounding success
Some of South Africa's foremost HR executives shared experiences, ideas and knowledge during the launch event of CHRO South Africa.