New HR Executive Director hits the ground running

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Achieving proper communication, consultations on matters affecting staff and negotiation where necessary, are just some of the undertakings and targets set by the newly-appointed University of Zululand’s  Executive Director for Human Resources, Nolufefe Ngqubekile-Ali.

Outlining her vision which includes making UNIZULU an employer of choice, Ngqubekile-Ali said achieving these targets is important in ensuring the trust of the stakeholders is gained.

“That being done will set a foundation on which a trust relationship can be built and surely a positive staff attitude will follow”.

She has already hit the ground running by setting in motion a situational analysis which she envisages would be completed by the end of this month. The fact-finding process entails consultations with all stakeholders including the HR team, union representatives, management, students and external stakeholders.

“Regardless of what the results of the Situational Analysis will reveal, Human Resources will definitely play a role in ensuring that it is an enabler, providing outstanding support and service to its key stakeholders being Staff, Organised Labour, Line Managers, Management, DHET, KwaDlangezwa Community, Service Providers, and so on,” she explained.

Human Resources, Ngqubekile-Ali added, intends to build a “culture of predictability” through policies, processes, initiatives, programmes, projects  that will enable staff to know where the University stands on various issues, including job grading, data integrity, talent management, performance, promotions, staff development, and Employee Relations.

The East London-born Ngqubekile-Ali describes herself someone who is highly inspired by a sense of achievement. “I get excited when things get done and get done right,” she declared.

Ngqubekile-Ali herself boasts many achievements which include being the country’s first African female HR professional to be certified as a PRINCE 11 Project Management Practitioner and also achieving a clean HR Audit for 3 consecutive years.

Her colourful CV reveals she studied at Fort Hare (Bachelor of Administration Honours in Industrial Psychology); Unisa Business School (MBL); Fort Hare (Mphil Information Systems) and is currently studying currently Stellenbosch Business School towards an M.phil in Management Coaching.

Ngqubekile-Ali started her HR career as an HR Graduate Trainee at Mercedes Benz SA’s headoffice in Pretoria where she grew to become an HR Accounts Executive. Subsequent jobs include:
• Siemens SA Midrand: Corporate HR Manager;
• Alexander Forbes SA Sandton: Head of Human Resources for Investment Solutions Division;
• Pricewaterhousecoopers: Senior Manager HR Consulting and
• Fort Hare University: Executive Director HR.