Saki Annah Mokgadinyane (31)

Head of department: governance, compliance, risk and strategy management, CCMA

From a very young age, Annah Mokgadinyane wanted to be involved in government and politics in order to make a meaningful contribution to the development of South Africa. She is the head of the governance, compliance, risk and strategy (GCRS) department of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

“Nothing gives me greater pride than when the organisation I work for delivers its constitutional mandate optimally, to the satisfaction of its intended beneficiaries,” says Mokgadinyane. “At the CCMA currently, every time my team and I develop a new GCRS framework, introduce new systems and processes, or convene a successful conference, it is always with the aim of supporting and assisting the organisation achieve greater service delivery results and achieve its developmental goals in the labour market.”

Mokgadinyane was one of the team leaders who conceptualised and delivered the Inaugural CCMA Conference, held in September 2017, and the CCMA Inaugural Labour Conference, held in March 2018. Jointly, these events attracted more than 1 000 key stakeholders in the labour market to discuss pertinent labour market issues. Mokgadinyane’s research work, which advocated for incremental housing as a means for accelerating housing delivery, has been considered during processes of national human settlements policy development and by public entities in the human settlements space.

She holds a master’s in Public Management from the Tshwane University of Technology, and is pursuing her MBA at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She is inspired, in particular, by Carol Bouwer and Khanyi Mkhize. “To me, these ladies epitomise #BlackGirlMagic. They are passionate and dedicated to their crafts, hardworking women who represent courage, what it means to break new ground and succeed against all odds. My mother inspires me a great deal also: she is love, beauty, strength, resilience, grace and humility personified.”

She is passionate about the youth, and youth empowerment. “Prosperity can only be achieved through an empowered youth, empowered through education, training and opportunities,” she says. “We need to be empowered to be ground-breakers, innovators, and job creators, actively and positively contributing to the economic development of South Africa. I am youth. And as youth … we don’t want handouts, we want empowerment opportunities!” — Aaisha Dadi Patel

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