Unathi Sihlahla


Job Title: Executive head of human resources and organisational development

Company: Rand Refinery


Unathi Sihlahla is the executive head of human resources and organisational development at Rand Refinery. She started her career as a HR generalist at Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) in 2008. She later took up the role of talent development specialist at the German motoring group.

Unathi has also held a number of other roles, including being the leadership development manager (global) at Sasol, talent development manager at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, country talent manager (Southern Africa) at Swiss multinational technology company ABB, as well as the Africa head of talent management at BASF a German chemicals company.

She holds a BA HR management degree (majoring in industrial psychology, business management, labour relations) from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, a BA (Hons) in industrial psychology from the University of South Africa and she has recently completed an MPhil in change leadership from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.


2021 - Present   Executive Head HR & OD, Rand Refinery
2020 - 2021       Independent Consultant, Roche Diagnostics
2017 - 2019        Head of Talent & OD (Africa), BASF
2015 - 2017        Country Talent Manager (Southern Africa), ABB
2014 - 2015        Talent Development Manager, JSE
2012 - 2014        Leadership Development Manager (Global), Sasol
2010 - 2012        Talent Development Specialist, Volkswagen Group SA
2008 - 2009       HR Generalist (Purchasing & Logistics), Volkswagen Group SA


2021 - 2024    MPhil Change Leadership, GIBS
2010 - 2012    BA Honours Industrial Psychology, University of South Africa

2003 - 2007   BA Human Resource Management Degree (majoring in Industrial Psychology,
                          Business Management, Labour Relations), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University


About Rand Refinery: Established by the Chamber of Mines of South Africa in 1920, Rand Refinery is one of the largest integrated single-site precious metals refining and smelting complex in the world.

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