Kasonkola - Human Resources Director - Johannesburg, GP, South Africa

Kgomotso Kasonkola

Johannesburg, GP, South Africa


Human Resources Director


Generalist HR skills, including specialist skills to establish employee wellness programmes and organisational restructuring. Have participated in Boards as Chair (Provident Fund at VUT and Bestmed) and member (Bestmed Medical Scheme, Audit Committee of the University of Pretoria Retirement Fund and PROTEC). Have been a mentor to HR Consultants

Work History

University of the Witwatersrand as a member

Board for the Center of Deaf Studies

external examiner

University of Cape Town's

for a Masters thesis

Senior Director


From September 2011

Human Resources responsible for the strategic leadership of the human resources, employee relations, compensation and benefits, human resources information system, training and development, and transformation and equity functions, both at the Central and Faculty levels of the University. By virtue of my portfolio, I serve on the University Senate and am a member of the Remunerations Committees of both the Wits Health Consortium and Wits Commercial Enterprise. I am required to make presentations to the Human Resources and Remunerations Committees of the University Council, as well as to Council on human resources matters. I am chairing an ad hoc committee to review the Medical Aid Scheme of the University, serve on Boards of Trustees for medical aid and retirement funds of the University and fulfil the role of the Chief negotiator in salary negotiation processes. I am also a member of the Higher Education Sector Directors' Forum and have been appointed by the Institute for Personnel Management as its Ambassador in the Sector, including further education and training institutions. I am also serving on the HESA Steering Committee on Academic Salary study, as well as on the Global Academic Executive Forum (HR Directors in leading universities).

• Reviewed some human resources policies to achieve equity
• Established a collaborative forum for central and faculty human resources practitioners
• Facilitated workshops on performance management processes at the University

mentor to a Master

Vaal University of Technology

s student under the auspices of the Vaal University of Technology's Hubs and Spokes model

Chairperson of the Employment Equity Forum

Human Resources Strategy

• Transformed the focus of the human resources function from administrative to strategic by developing strategies and programmes including, but not limited to: Human Resources Strategy; Employment Equity and Diversity Policy; Employee Wellness Strategy and programmes; Establishment of an Employment Equity Forum; HR policy reviews and development.
• Rationalised the university's accumulative leave in order to reduce the liability for the employer.
• Revised the union recognition agreements to align with the labour relations dispensation in the country.
• In this portfolio I was appointed as Chairperson of the Employment Equity Forum (until 2008); Chairperson of the Vaal University of Technology Provident Fund underwritten by Old Mutual; founding Chairperson of the Multi-union Forum; nominated to the Bestmed (National Medical Aid Scheme) Board as an employer representative; Nominated to the PROTEC Board.

Board Member

Board of PROTEC

Appointed to the Board of PROTEC.

Member of HE-AIDS Committee, Remunerations Team

HR Directors Forum

under the auspices of the HR Directors Forum in Higher Education.

Chair the Pension Fund

Board of Trustees of Bestmed

and as a member of the HR and Transformation Committee of Bestmed.

Deputy Executive Director


November 2005 - November 2005

Human Resources responsible for the Employment Equity function of the university. I was headhunted back to the Vaal University of Technology.

Nominated as an HR Mentor

Sithole Human Capital

2004: Provided advice to MOLTENO regarding the revision of their Performance Management and Development System

Part-time Consultant

for PROTEC facilitating the development of a Performance and Development Management System, revision of human resources policies, and labour relations advice

Executive Director


May 2002 - October 2005

Human Resources responsible for the strategic leadership of human resources function, including policy and strategy formulation for the University. I was providing secretarial services to the Human Resources Sub-Committee of Council of the Vaal University of Technology.


People as an Internal Advisor

Human Resources Development

July 2001 - April 2002

responsible for the establishment of the new Directorate in the Department. The Directorate was responsible for the development of an integrated human resource development strategy, including programmes for Quality of Worklife, Training, Career Development and Performance Management and related policies. I was nominated and received training on Investors in People as an Internal Advisor.

Achievements included:

• Approval of the Quality of Worklife Strategy and programmes; Human Resources Development Strategies and related policies;
• Launched the first Employee of the Year Awards;
• Revised Performance Management System;
• Piloted Investors in People standards in the Department; and • Introduction computer-aided ABET programme.


AIDS Support Group

in the Akasia Lutheran Church

Chief Director

Human Resources Management

September 1999 - June 2001

responsible for strategic human resources management functions in the Department. This was during the transition period from old personnel administration systems (PAS) to new human resources practices. I was responsible for the initial re-engineering project of the department and aligning of HR systems with the Public Service Regulations. I was called upon to act in the portfolio of Chief Director from time to time.

• A revised HR strategy and structure; Integration of the former TBVC employees into the department; Implementation of the Public Service Regulations and related programmes; the Establishment of the Bargaining Chamber for the Department; and the management of an outsourced project regarding the transformation of the department in accordance with proclaimed human resources standards in government; Appointed to the Financial Control Committee and Departmental Procurement Board as a member; Represented the Department in the Diplomacy, Intelligence, Defence, Trade Education and Training Authority (DIDTETA).

Board member


1999 - 2002: Served as a Chair in various committees in the Department.
Served as a Board member for Diplomacy, Intelligence, Defence, Trade Education and Training Authority (DIDTETA).
Represented the DTI on Project 4 (Standard for People Development) Steering Committee of the Department of Labour

Member of the Congregational Council and a Ward Leader of the Akasia Lutheran Church

Congregational Council

I am also serving as a lay preacher.

Part-time Training Consultant

for Action Performance.

Manager: Human Resources


July 1997 - August 1999

Manager: Human Resources, responsible for the establishment of a strategic human resources management service to support the objectives of the Council. I also served on the Board of the Council as an invited member on human resources issues.

• Re-engineering of the HR function; Launching of an Employee Assistance Programme;
• Introduced a Computer-based ABET programme;
• Introduced a new performance management system for the Council;
• Implemented a Peromnes Job Evaluation System for the Council; and • Implemented an Employment Equity Programme.

Executive Member

July 1997 - August 1999

of the Science Councils Human Resources Executive Forum that is responsible for the transformation of the Science Councils


January 1997 - June 1997

Manager: Human Resources responsible for Performance Management and Compensation Management at the Office. I also offered an HR generalist service to three components and two provincial offices with a total staff compliment of 274.

• Although it has since been revised, I led a project to develop a Performance Management System for the Office; and • Participated in the rationalisation of the Gauteng Office (Benoni) with staffing implications, but no job losses.


Akasia Lutheran Church

Chairman of the job evaluation committee

Council for Geoscience

November 1997 - August 1999


Balrea Flats Board of Trustees

June 1997 - November 1998


North West Chamber of Business in a Standing Committee

1996 Appointed to North West Chamber of Business in a Standing Committee on Labour and Technical Education

Human Resources Consultant for the Bank

North West Province Office

July 1995 - December 1996

responsible for delivering a generalist HR service to 17 branches with a total staff compliment of 482. The functions were performed during the transition from the old Volkskas, Allied, Trust and United Banks to a new dispensation now called Amalgamated Banks of South Africa (ABSA). During this era I was also involved in change management interventions and trauma counselling programmes.

• Rolled-out a change management programme in the Province.
• Introduced a Staff Development Programme.
• I also served in the Bank's Reconstruction and Development Programme Committee and Fundraising Initiatives for the destitute.
• Represented the Bank in the Provincial Entrepreneurship project.

Part-time lecturer

University of the North West

July 1995 - December 1996

for post- and undergraduate Industrial Psychology students.

Faculty of Administration and Management and the Student Counselling Centre


Executive Member

Lutheran Church Choir

Served as a representative of the Alumni Association on the Governance and Transformation Committee, UNIBO
Executive Member of the Alumni Association, UNIBO (North - West).


School Governing Body, CN Lekalake Middle School

Up to December 1996

Lecturer for under- and post-graduate Industrial Psychology classes


March 1992 - June 1995

I lectured the following subjects at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels: Introduction to Industrial Psychology; Organisational Development and Design; Labour Relations; Psychometrics and Research Methodology; Ergonomics; Consumer Psychology; Human Resources Management

• Facilitated the revision of the departmental programme by undertaking studies on "Industry expectations of Industrial Psychology students" and "Students experiences of Industrial Psychology as a Course".
• I also participated in the EOC programme on economic awareness for Non Governmental Organisations and Local Government Administrations in the North-West, in which I presented a module on "Conflict Resolution".

Moved up the ranks from Selection Officer


January 1989 - February 1992

to Senior Selection Officer at Bophuthatswana Transport Holdings or North-West Star (now being unbundled) responsible for psychometric evaluation of candidates for appointments, promotion and development in the company. This was done under the supervision of a practicing Industrial Psychologist (Mr JM Nieuwoudt). I was also supervising the work of four staff members in the unit.

• Revised the norms for appointment of personnel in the company;
• Achieved professional registration as Psychometrist with the South African Medical and Dental Council (now the Health Professions Council of South Africa);
• Received a bursary to study towards a Masters degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology.

Moved up the ranks from Industrial Relations Officer


February 1987 - December 1988

to Regional Industrial Relations Officer at the Department of Labour (Mmabatho) handling labour relations issues in the region. Co-ordinated the activities of the three regional offices with a staff compliment of 12 and reported to the Director of Labour.

• Facilitated a Commission of Inquiry on alleged discriminatory employment practices at Lehurutshe Transport; and • Assisted in the formulation of basic conditions of service in selected industries of Bophuthatswana.

Regional Industrial Relations Officer, Lecturer


December 1983 - January 1987

Employed on a vacation basis in various Government Departments. I was mainly involved in personnel administration and assisted with the introduction and monitoring of productivity improvement technique (KT2) in the public service



Criteria for workplace-effective mobility for employees with disabilities in South Africa

A research project for PhD qualification

Qualifications & Certifications

University of Pretoria

Industrial and Organisational Psychology

University of Cape Town

UNIBO (now University of the North West) focusing on Industrial Psychology

Industrial Psychology, Public Administration and Political Studies

UNIBO (now University of the North West)

Motswedi High School

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