Risk Man­age­ment an In­te­gral Part of RAL Strat­egy


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Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) hosted its first en­ter­prise-wide risk man­age­ment ‘Risk Cham­pi­ons’ train­ing work­shop at the Agency’s of­fices in Polok­wane, Limpopo re­cently.

The theme of the work­shop, held un­der the aus­pices of RAL’s Gov­er­nance, Risk and Com­pli­ance unit, was “Un­lock­ing the value of the en­ter­prise-wide risk man­age­ment through bench­mark­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tions.” And true to form, risk man­age­ment pro­fes­sion­als from other or­gan­i­sa­tions, namely, the Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (TUT), Spe­cial In­ves­ti­gat­ing Unit (SIU) and Transnet Freight Rail hon­oured the in­vi­ta­tion to share their knowl­edge and ex­per­tise with their provin­cial peers.

Ac­cord­ing to Ko­mane Ma­phutha, RAL’s Se­nior Man­ager for

Gov­er­nance, Risk and Com­pli­ance, the pur­pose of the work­shop was to em­power the ap­pointed Risk Cham­pi­ons with rel­e­vant tech­ni­cal knowl­edge, ex­per­tise and skills to be able to per­form en­ter­prise-wide risk man­age­ment func­tion and du­ties.

Risk Cham­pi­ons are mem­bers of staff ap­pointed to rep­re­sent var­i­ous busi­ness units within RAL, and to act as am­bas­sadors for the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of the en­ter­prisewide risk man­age­ment strat­egy.

“They ought to have pas­sion and drive to sup­port the set or­gan­i­sa­tional ob­jec­tives and as­pi­ra­tions,” says Mr Ma­phutha.

“Risk Cham­pi­ons act as change agents in the en­ter­prise risk man­age­ment value chain and they do not as­sume the role of risk own­ers but pro­vide guid­ance in mit­i­gat­ing, pre­vent­ing or avoid­ing po­ten­tial risk ex­po­sures which be­come threats in achiev­ing set ob­jec­tives.”

RAL’s Risk Cham­pi­ons are ap­pointed by the CEO on a two-year term. They should pos­sess rel­e­vant skill and knowl­edge in their area of re­spon­si­bil­ity, and must have lead­er­ship qual­i­ties re­quired to cham­pion as­pects of the en­ter­prise risk man­age­ment.

The cur­rently serv­ing Risk Cham­pi­ons are Mathabo Masegela (En­gi­neer­ing), Pi­lot Ma­bilu (CEO’s of­fice), Itume­leng Kekana (Fi­nance), Makhitha Ch­e­sane (Cor­po­rate Ser­vices), Katlego Le­godi (ICT) and Phedisho Nch­a­be­leng (Le­gal Ser­vices and Com­pany Sec­re­tariat).

Mr Ma­phutha said the work­shop is aimed to en­sure the cul­ti­va­tion and nur­tur­ing of an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment to­wards the growth of en­ter­prise-wide risk man­age­ment cul­ture at all tiers of RAL, and for the Agency to be a Risk In­tel­li­gent En­ter­prise. This, he says, to­gether with en­ter­prise risk man­age­ment prin­ci­ples, will cul­ti­vate the cul­ture of learn­ing and growth across the Agency.

“In short, the work­shop sought to po­si­tion Roads Agency Limpopo’s en­ter­prise-wide risk man­age­ment sys­tem on the right path in sup­port­ing the ac­com­plish­ments of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s five-year strate­gic ob­jec­tives and tar­gets,” said Mr Ma­phutha.

The suc­cess of the en­ter­prise risk man­age­ment in the 21st cen­tury, par­tic­u­larly in the pub­lic sec­tor, de­pends to a great deal on the col­lab­o­ra­tion and syn­er­gies be­tween all the or­gans of state to en­sure they meet their man­dates in­de­pen­dently and that of gov­ern­ment col­lec­tively.

Mdu Nx­u­malo from the SIU spoke on how Risk Cham­pi­ons are ex­pected to play a key role in in­still­ing the cul­ture of ef­fec­tive risk man­age­ment in their re­spec­tive func­tions and ar­eas.

“Risk Cham­pi­ons should ad­vo­cate for the buy-in of the top man­age­ment in this en­ter­prise risk man­age­ment process to ef­fec­tively spear­head its im­ple­men­ta­tion,” said Mr Nx­u­malo.

The Gov­er­nance, Risk and Com­pli­ance unit is a fairly new unit at the Agency. It was set-up in March 2017 as part of the Agency’s 2015-2020 turn­around strat­egy for the then be­lea­guered pre-2015 RAL. The unit is a four-mem­ber team headed by Mr Ma­phutha.

The unit’s man­date is to pro­vide in­ter­nal gov­er­nance, risk and com­pli­ance ad­vi­sory ser­vices in the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of the mul­ti­mil­lion-rand pro­jects at the Agency, i.e. that the Agency achieves its goals and ob­jec­tives of de­liv­er­ing pro­jects on time and within bud­get.

The Risk Cham­pi­ons train­ing work­shop was done in the spirit of the cost sav­ing drive as is­sued by the (Limpopo De­part­ment of) Provin­cial Trea­sury, which the Agency is com­mit­ted to up­hold­ing to en­sure com­pli­ance and ef­fi­ciency.

The plan is to have the Risk Cham­pi­ons train­ing work­shop an­nu­ally, and to in­vite other or­gan­i­sa­tions from both the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors. Mr Ma­phutha hopes the work­shop will strengthen RAL and po­si­tion the Agency’s en­ter­prise risk man­age­ment sys­tem amongst those of the top or­gan­i­sa­tions in this re­gard, na­tion­ally and against in­ter­na­tional bench­marks.


At­tend­ing the Risk Cham­pi­ons train­ing work­shop were, from left to right, Pi­lot Ma­bilu (RAL’s As­sis­tant Man­ager In­ter­nal Au­dit), Itume­leng Kekana (RAL’s Man­ager Proac­tive As­sur­ance), Vi­no­liah Maepa (RAL’s As­sis­tant Com­pany Sec­re­tary), Nh­lanhla Dik­iza (TUT’s Qual­ity As­sur­ance Ad­vi­sor), Mathabo Masegela (RAL’s Se­nior Man­ager Plan­ning), Mmabotse Mooke-Moyo (TUT’s Risk Co­or­di­na­tor), Mdu Nx­u­malo (SIU’s Risk Man­ager), Mamoloko Chuene (Transnet Freight Rail’s Se­nior Risk Con­sul­tant) and Ko­mane Ma­phutha (RAL’s Se­nior Man­ager Gov­er­nance, Risk and Com­pli­ance). Also in at­ten­dance were RAL’s Cor­nelius Ruiters (Ex­ec­u­tive Man­ager En­gi­neer­ing) and Katlego Le­godi (Man­ager In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy).

Mdu Nx­u­malo, Risk Man­ager at the SIU in Pre­to­ria in­ter­act­ing with one of the Risk Cham­pi­ons train­ing work­shop pre­sen­ters, Mmabotse Mooke-Moyo (stand­ing), Risk Co­or­di­na­tor at TUT.

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