Newcastle Municipality’s Strategic Executive Director of Community Services Mandla Sithole is a long-time veteran in government. He believes in the philosophy of improving oneself professionally through education. Sithole says, “I have several degrees including a BA in public policy and administration.” He went on to complete a master’s in policy implementation, his thesis being, The role of local authority in local economic development.
He influenced the forming of the foundations necessary to make Soweto the tourist destination it is today. In 2005 Sithole was made executive director of Environmental Development in Ekurhuleni. “This was the biggest department in Ekurhuleni with an operational budget of over a billion rand,” says Sithole.
After working at the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality for many years and developing his capacity incrementally he moved back to Newcastle.
My current role requires me to perform the same functions but on a smaller scale, allowing me to be the best I can be.
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