Pro­file: An econ­o­mist, and a pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tor

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

TSHEDISO Ma­tona is the Sec­re­tary of Na­tional Plan­ning and Act­ing Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral (DG) of Plan­ning, Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion in the South African Gov­ern­ment.

He was the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the power util­ity Eskom from Oc­to­ber 2014 un­til May 2015. He also served as the DG of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic En­ter­prises since Jan­uary 2011 and prior to that he was DG of the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try from 2006 to De­cem­ber 2010.

An econ­o­mist by train­ing and an ex­pe­ri­enced pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tor, he held sev­eral se­nior po­si­tions in gov­ern­ment through­out his ca­reer, and also served as a trade diplo­mat at the UN in New York and World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion in Geneva, Switzer­land, from 1996 to 1998.

In his cur­rent role he pro­vides tech­ni­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port to South Africa’s Na­tional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, as well as strate­gic lead­er­ship of a multi-dis­ci­plinary team of pro­fes­sion­als in the Depart­ment of Plan­ning, Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion.

He has more than 20 years of se­nior man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence and skills in the fields of in­ter­na­tional trade and diplo­macy, ex­port pro­mo­tion, in­vest­ment pro­mo­tion, in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment, en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment, eco­nomic reg­u­la­tion and cor­po­rate gov­er­nance.

He holds Bach­e­lor & Hon­ours De­grees in Eco­nom­ics and Pol­i­tics from the Univer­sity of Cape Town, a Mas­ters in De­vel­op­ment Eco­nom­ics from the Univer­sity of East Anglia (UK), var­i­ous cer­tifi­cates, in­clud­ing an Ex­ec­u­tive Man­age­ment cer­tifi­cate, as well as a cer­tifi­cate in In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment from Har­vard Univer­sity’s J F Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment.

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