WOMEN TAK­ING ARTS, CUL­TURE AND TRA­DI­TIONAL AF­FAIRS TO THE NEXT LEVEL IN THE NORTH WEST

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When it comes to the de­vel­op­ment of arts, cul­ture and tra­di­tional af­fairs in the North West, three of the key play­ers are en­er­getic, self-mo­ti­vated and vi­brant women. They hold crit­i­cal po­si­tions that help the De­part­ment of Cul­ture, Arts and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs (Cata) in that prov­ince achieve its goals. They live by the De­part­ment’s mis­sion: “To en­hance job cre­ation by pre­serv­ing, pro­tect­ing arts, cul­ture, her­itage and the in­sti­tu­tion of tra­di­tional lead­er­ship.”

In pay­ing trib­ute to women mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to the lives of many in the prov­ince, we pro­file the three. They are fine ex­am­ples of women mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in so­ci­ety and in­spir­ing oth­ers in the process.

The MEC for Cul­ture, Arts and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs in the North West Pro­vin­cial Govern­ment Ont­lametse Regina (“OR”) Mochware is a dy­namic po­lit­i­cal leader who en­joys tak­ing on new chal­lenges.

Born on 21 June 1960, in the small vil­lage of Ga­manyai near Ganyesa in the North West prov­ince, she has risen to be­come a key fig­ure in both the ad­min­is­tra­tion and po­lit­i­cal life of the prov­ince. She is a mar­ried mother of five – three boys and two girls – who man­ages to bal­ance her fam­ily time and com­mu­nity ser­vice.

MEC Mochware is a teacher by pro­fes­sion, in possession of a diploma in se­condary and higher ed­u­ca­tion, as well as a bach­e­lor of arts in ed­u­ca­tion and busi­ness man­age­ment. She also fur­thered her stud­ies and ob­tained a cer­tifi­cate in executive lead­er­ship in mu­nic­i­pal de­vel­op­ment and a cer­tifi­cate in mu­nic­i­pal fi­nance.

She is a leader; a self-mo­ti­vated woman with im­pec­ca­ble man­age­ment skills, be­ing an ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ta­tor, ne­go­tia­tor and a prob­lem solver.

“OR” started her work­ing ca­reer as a teacher in 1980. From 1997 to 2005 she was a school prin­ci­pal – recog­ni­tion of her com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to her cho­sen trade.

She also served her lo­cal com­mu­nity as a part-time mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor/speaker from the year 2000 to 2005. She later re­tired as a teacher and fol­lowed her po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tion to be­come a full­time coun­cil­lor at Kag­isano Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the Dr Ruth Mom­pati District.

Dur­ing 2006, she was elected as the mayor of Kag­isano Molopo Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity where she served for eight years.

In May 2014, she rose to be­come a po­lit­i­cal ad­viser to the then premier of the North West Prov­ince, a job she per­formed un­til De­cem­ber 2015. Ow­ing to her po­lit­i­cal ma­tu­rity and the level of growth she had gained, MEC Mochware was called by the African Na­tional Congress to form part of the North West Pro­vin­cial Leg­is­la­ture in Jan­uary 2016.

She was later man­dated to be the MEC for the De­part­ment of Cul­ture, Arts and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs in the prov­ince, a po­si­tion she still holds.

Ir­re­spec­tive of her de­mand­ing po­lit­i­cal and pro­fes­sional life, “OR” still finds time to per­form her Chris­tian du­ties, hence she is a church leader and a mem­ber of the Moth­ers Union of Tlakga­meng Methodist Church.

She is a founder and for­mer chair­per­son of Basadi Emang (Women Coali­tion), a for­mer chair­per­son of Boag­isani Ladies Club, a for­mer chair­per­son of Mid­dle School English

Club for Ganyesa and Vry­burg, and a for­mer mem­ber of Vry­burg Core In­duc­tion Team for Ed­u­ca­tion.

Her pre­vi­ous roles in govern­ment in­clude:

• Deputy chair­per­son of SALGA North West.

• Mem­ber of the SALGA NW Bar­gain­ing Coun­cil.

• Dur­ing the year 2010, she was cho­sen by North West Pro­vin­cial Govern­ment to rep­re­sent the prov­ince at a gen­der main­stream­ing pro­gramme in Swe­den.

• Board mem­ber of the North West Trans­port In­vest­ment. • Deputy chair­per­son of the Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre of the

Free State.

MEC Mochware is a for­mer chair­per­son of ANC Kag­isano Ward 8 Branch, a for­mer ANC Women’s League Re­gional Executive Com­mit­tee mem­ber for Vry­burg re­gion. She is an ANC re­gional executive com­mit­tee mem­ber, ANC Pro­vin­cial Executive Com­mit­tee mem­ber from 2011 to date, ANC Pro­vin­cial Work­ing Com­mit­tee mem­ber from 2011 to date and the ANC Women’s League deputy sec­re­tary of Ward 5 in Kag­isano Molopo from 2013 to date. She is also an ANCWL pro­vin­cial executive com­mit­tee mem­ber and ANCWL pro­vin­cial work­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber from 2017 to date.

Armed with an ar­ray of qual­i­fi­ca­tions in the fi­nan­cial sec­tor, Nono Bapela has been the go-to per­son when it comes to get­ting things right in the civil ser­vice. She has cut her teeth in dif­fer­ent spheres of govern­ment mak­ing a mark in her var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties serv­ing the peo­ple of the North West.

Her ap­point­ment as an ad­min­is­tra­tor of the ail­ing Ngaka Modiri Molema District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in 2015, a mere two months af­ter be­ing named the in­sti­tu­tions act­ing mu­nic­i­pal man­ager, in an in­ter­ven­tion­ist ca­pac­ity un­der the con­sti­tu­tion, is an in­di­ca­tion of the high re­gard in which she is held in gov­er­nance cir­cles.

Bapela has spent most of her work­ing life in pro­vin­cial, district and lo­cal govern­ment af­ter her short stint as a trainee at giant au­dit firm Ernst & Young and just un­der two years as an in­ter­nal au­di­tor at Se­falana Em­ployee Ben­e­fits Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Sebo).

Since then, she has been re­gional di­rec­tor for the North West Of­fice of the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, CFO of the Tswaing Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, chief di­rec­tor at the NW Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment and mu­nic­i­pal man­ager for the Moses Kotane Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Bapela is proud of the work her de­part­ment is do­ing. “As a de­part­ment, we want to be a key player in the coun­try in terms of de­vel­op­ing artists, cul­tural work­ers and tra­di­tional lead­ers and their con­stituen­cies.

“It is a lot of hard work but it is ful­fill­ing. We firmly be­lieve that we can do our bit in help­ing the coun­try work to­wards a united, non-racial and non-sex­ist so­ci­ety that seeks to pros­per. Fur­ther, we have seen that job cre­ation in the arts and re­lated sec­tors is nei­ther a mere slo­gan nor a pipe dream. Over the past few years, we have shown how cul­ture and arts can ben­e­fit com­mu­ni­ties in terms of the econ­omy. In­deed, one of the di­rect ben­e­fi­cia­ries from our en­de­vours is the tourism sec­tor.

“Over the past few years, we have hosted suc­cess­ful na­tional events that have had a di­rect ben­e­fit to our artists and the com­mu­nity in gen­eral. These in­clude the South African Mu­sic Awards, South African Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Achieve­ments Awards and the South African Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards. On top of that, we launched our own Mahika Mahikeng Cul­tural Fes­tiva, which brings mul­ti­tudes to the cap­i­tal city and the prov­ince. That fes­ti­val, in par­tic­u­lar, is grow­ing in leaps and bounds.”

Bapela says lo­cal artists and cul­tural work­ers have ben­e­fited di­rectly through work­shops con­ducted by ex­perts in their var­i­ous fields in the busi­ness of mu­sic and arts in gen­eral.

There have also been ad­vances in work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties un­der tra­di­tional lead­ers. Not only is the de­part­ment work­ing closely and sup­port­ing in­sti­tu­tions of tra­di­tional lead­er­ship, but it has also man­aged to forge links be­tween its work in arts and cul­ture and the cul­tural prac­tises in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“This was demon­strated dur­ing our an­nual cel­e­bra­tions of Africa Day in the prov­ince in the vil­lages and our own Re di neela jaana (This is how we do it/ live our cul­ture). In the case of Africa Day, we get schools around the prov­ince to each rep­re­sent an African coun­try – com­plete with its flag and cul­ture – all put on dis­play by our ru­ral youth.

“With Re di neela jaana, each vil­lage in the prov­ince comes and dis­plays its cul­tural prac­tices in a day-long fes­ti­val of fun for all. In that way, we keep the youth up to speed with their own cul­ture.”

A sea­soned civil ser­vant and a for­mer aca­demic who takes pride in her work, the de­part­men­tal chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer looks to jump her next hurdle in style by en­hanc­ing her aca­demic cre­den­tials and con­tribut­ing to bet­ter­ing the civil ser­vice.

“My per­sonal am­bi­tion is to com­plete my PhD in pub­lic fi­nance and to con­trib­ute to im­prov­ing our prov­ince in terms of Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment and good gov­er­nance,” says Mme Pu­lane Mo­jaki. “My par­tic­u­lar aim is to con­tinue im­prov­ing our fi­nan­cial per­for­mance at the De­part­ment of Cul­ture, Arts and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs.”

Her chief di­rec­torate is re­spon­si­ble for the fol­low­ing func­tions: fi­nan­cial ac­count­ing ser­vices; bud­get and cash flow man­age­ment; sup­ply chain man­age­ment;

risk man­age­ment; as­set man­age­ment; trans­port man­age­ment; as well as salaries ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment.

Born and raised in Mahikeng’s Mak­go­b­is­tad Vil­lage, the 41-year-old mother of three has a string of aca­demic achieve­ments to her name. She ob­tained a bach­e­lor of com­merce de­gree with ac­count­ing and auditing as ma­jors, fol­lowed by a bach­e­lor of com­merce hon­ours de­gree in man­age­ment and a masters of busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) in fi­nance, all from the Uni­ver­sity of North West.

That was all af­ter at­tend­ing Diphetogo Pri­mary School in Montshiwa (Mahikeng) and Batswana Com­mer­cial Se­condary School, also in Mahikeng.

She has ex­ten­sive and wealth of work ex­pe­ri­ence in the field of pub­lic fi­nance. She has worked in the pub­lic ser­vice for the past 17 years and grew within the ranks from level 06 up to the cur­rent level 14. She has worked for both na­tional and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments.

Mo­jaki has ded­i­cated most of her work­ing life to serv­ing the peo­ple – work­ing her way up the ranks. Prior to be­ing CFO, she held the fol­low­ing po­si­tions: di­rec­tor for fi­nan­cial ac­count­ing at Cata; pro­vin­cial di­rec­tor fi­nance (North West Prov­ince) for the De­part­ment of Home Af­fairs; deputy di­rec­tor (Ff­nan­cial ac­count­ing) North West Pro­vin­cial Govern­ment De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment; as­sis­tant di­rec­tor (fi­nan­cial man­age­ment) North West Pro­vin­cial Govern­ment De­part­ment of Health; state ac­coun­tant (ex­pen­di­ture and bud­get­ing) Na­tional De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion; state ac­coun­tant (ex­pen­di­ture) Na­tional De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Prior to that, she was a ju­nior lec­turer at Tech­nikon North West for one aca­demic year.

To com­ple­ment her aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions, she has un­der­taken train­ing in the fol­low­ing: ad­vance man­age­ment de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme; es­sen­tials of bud­get for­mu­la­tion; sup­ply chain man­age­ment; stan­dard chart of ac­counts; Batho Pele prin­ci­ples; Ex­pen­di­ture and rev­enue man­age­ment; Walker fi­nan­cial sys­tems; gen­eral prin­ci­ples on FMS; state ex­pen­di­ture; ba­sic ac­count­ing sys­tem (BAS); as well as LOGIS lit­er­acy.

MEC ONT­LAMETSE MOCHWARE

HEAD OF DE­PART­MENT – NONO BAPELA

CHIEF FI­NAN­CIAL OF­FI­CER – MS PU­LANE MO­JAKI

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