Secretary General of Ports Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA)

Ms NoziphoMdawe, PMAESA Secretary General was prior to her appointment as the General Manager for Mineral Mining and Chrome Business Unit (GM MMC BU) at Transnet Freight Rail (TFR). She had served Transnet in Operations and Human Resource over many years in various senior and executive management positions, including the Business Unit Executive at Transnet Port terminals where she got the Leadership Award for the transformation of two diverse terminals. She was promoted to the position of GM MMC BU in March 2012 where she was tasked with the responsibility to start and lead a new business unit. Achievements in the business unit under her leadership include amongst others, the Chief Executive Award in 2013 for efficiency improvement through the successful implementation of cost containment initiatives through the Lean Six Sigma Methodology.

Her role at TFR afforded her an opportunity to interact and work with neighbouring countries in the transportation of freight, regional integration as well as economic growth through efficiencies. Nozipho is credited with piloting the Transnet Value Chain Co-ordinator concept in 2013 which was subsequently adopted by the Transnet Group for a number of key corridors. Sheis the first female to be appointed and the eighth PMAESA Secretary General since the Association’s inception in 1973 and was appointed during a special Council meeting held in Windhoek Namibia on May 9th, 2015.

The new SG is a doctoral student at South Africa’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, She holds an MBA (2004) from the same institution and has since done courses on Global Executive Development Program; Advanced Strategic Management Program IRSMI Management Development Program at the University of France between 2008 and 2009 and a course in Finance for Non-Finance Program from Witwatersrand Business School in 2007. Nozipho is a ‘Dynamically applicable Management Professional’ with a distinctive ability to customise and personalise service delivery. She utilizes logic as well as reasoning to identify various strengths and weaknesses of the alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to continuous business challenges. She has extensive interpersonal and communication skills with developed ability to analyse problems, find tangible solutions and implement new systems and procedures in a fast-paced business environment. Possess a strong drive to achieve set goals and objectives by always delivering high standards of service excellence in line with the company’s vision.