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DEL appoints Phakathi as new SEE CEO

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The DEL has announced Sibusiso Phakathi as the new CEO for the Supported Employment Enterprises, following the departure of Silumko Nondwangu.

The Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) issued a statement on Wednesday, 22 September 2021, announcing the appointment of Sibusiso Phakathi as the new CEO for Supported Employment Enterprises (SEE). SEE is an entity seeking to promote supported employment for persons with long-term physical, mental or sensory impairment disabilities.

The department confirmed that Phakathi has been officially appointed on a five-year renewable contract, with effect from 1 September 2021. He will be replacing the Public Employment Services Deputy Director-General, Sam Morotoba, who has been acting in the position since the departure of former CEO, Silumko Nondwangu.

The newly appointed SEE CEO appealed to government departments to intentionally support the entity so that it is able to thrive and fulfil its mandate. Phakathi’s immediate focus will also be to make sure business directorates like business development and finance are strategically aligned towards a common objective.

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Where was the new SEE CEO born?

Phakathi was born in the Embali Township in Pietermaritzburg. He did his BCom Honours majoring in Economics and Strategic Management from the University of the Western Cape. Phakathi also holds an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration and a Masters in International Trade Law.

When was the SEE established?

The SEE, which was formerly known as the Supported Employment Factories (SEF), was established in 1949 as a government post-Second World War intervention to alleviate the plight of returned soldiers, and the disabled people in general to play an active role in the labour market.

What has Phakathi had to say on his appointment and future SEE plans?

In response to his appointment, Phakathi stated, “I am privileged to join SEE at this time. There is more investment that has just been made in factory infrastructure. I have an abiding faith in the management team I have found here.”

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