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IPM Newsletter Edition 1 2012

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Message from the CEO

Dear Valued members and partners

2012 was an exciting and successful year with highlights such as the IPM Annual Convention attended by approximately 900 delegates from all over the country and across Africa. The lineup of speakers both local and international was exceptional and it is the objective of the Convention committee and Awards committee to ensure that we continue hosting a world-class event. We are entering 2013 in high spirits and looking forward to a renewed focus on delivering value to our members and to our broader constituency.
Society for Human Resource Management delegation visits South Africa

Representatives from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), led by Howard Wallack, the Vice President Global Business Development, visited the IPM late last year to strengthen relationships between the two sister organisations. Both IPM and SHRM are affiliates of the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA), through their continental federations.

The SHRM representatives were welcomed by the IPM delegation led by the IPM CEO, Rre Elijah Litheko and the IPM National President Raj Seeparsad.

The 2012 IPM Annual Convention an overwhelming success

The 2012 IPM Annual Excellence Awards

The IPM Excellence Awards, designed to recognise and reward individuals and organisations on the basis of their outstanding contribution, were awarded at the illustrious gala event.

The CEO of the Year Award was shared between Mr Bonang Mohale, Chairman and Country GM: Commercial for Shell South Africa Marketing (Pty) Ltd and Mr Isaac Modiselle, CEO of Reakgona Hygiene, for their contribution to HR and driving successful HR strategies from the top. These men acted as ambassadors to promote strategic people management at board level in their organisations.

Last year’s IPM Annual Convention which was hosted at Sun City was according to the delegates’ feedback a resounding success. The theme of the convention was ‘HR leading the way,’ with an aim to offer access to both local and international thought leadership through a range of structured learning sessions and networking events.

This premier HR and Business Leadership event brought together thought leaders and leading practitioners to explore critical challenges and latest trends. The Convention succeeded in equipping delegates for the rapid rate of change and fierce competition businesses are facing in today’s market. There is a stronger need than ever for HR to step up and lead their organisations into the future. The essence of the theme and its sub-themes were confirmed by a recent study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) that has revealed that “good people practices confer a performance advantage”. According to the research report, “this finding is especially important today as companies cope with a growing talent crisis and chronic economic uncertainty”.

The HR Director of the Year Award went to Victoria Ward, director of human resource services for Merchants, a leading business process optimisation solution provider specialising in customer experience and customer interactions.

The HR Business Partner of the Year Award went to Liza Wilmot, Production Academy Manager for Volkswagen South Africa.

The final award, Centre of Excellence of the Year went to Janessa Leita, managing director of Siyanqoba Private FET College.

These deserving winners received a night’s free accommodation on the evening of the Gala Dinner and will attend a programme at GIBS on a complimentary basis. The Award committee is happy with the quality of the winners of awards in 2012. The entrants for 2012 were of exceptionally high caliber and tribute goes to the members of the Excellence Award Committee for the effort that have put in this project.

2013 IPM Annual Convention

Both the Convention and Awards Committees have already begun their preparation for the hosting of the 2013 IPM Annual Convention which will be held from 3rd -6th November at Sun City. Members of these committees are aware that last year’s IPM Convention raised the bar to a great extent and are working hard to ensure that they continue hosting a best in class and world acclaimed event.

We are also grateful for the feedback from delegates as it helps us to continuously improve on our offerings. You are invited to contact us for any additional ideas that you may have that will contribute to improving the hosting of this premier event in Africa which has been ranked amongst the best by the Boston Consulting Group when compared with similar events globally.
SAQA recognises Institute as Professional Body

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Board has approved the recognition of the Institute of People Management (IPM) as a Professional Body for the purposes of the NQF Act, Act 67 of 2008. In addition, the SAQA Board approved the registration of three IPM professional designations on the NQF; IPM Fellow (IPMF), IPM Professional (IPMP) and IPM Associate (IPMA).

According to IPM chief executive officer, Rre Elijah Litheko, this is the IPMs greatest achievement of 2012; “2012 marks the accomplishment of many significant achievements for IPM; a new Code of Conduct was introduced, the governance processes for the selection and re-election of the IPM Board were refined, a new framework for Continuous Professional Development was introduced and IPM facilitated the extension of the 25 year University of Michigan HR Competency Study, to name a few.

Whilst we are extremely proud of all of these achievements, the SAQA recognition stands out above the rest and brings IPM much pride.”

SAQA has certain expectations from IPM. The IPM Board is legally obliged to fulfill those obligations and it is the responsibility of CEO to ensure that none of these obligations are breached. A call is therefore made on all members to work together in the interest of IPM as a professional body to enable it to comply with the SAQA requirements.

On the 29th January 2013 IPM together with all other professional bodies were awarded certificates of recognition. In the above picture, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr. Blade Nzimande is presenting the certificate of recognition to the IPM CEO, Rre Elijah Litheko and Ms Ellen Tshabalala, the IPM Volunteer Ambassador for Government Relations.

Some of the obligations that professional recognition places on IPM are the following:
 To protect the public interest in relation to services provided by its members and the associated risks
 To develop, award, monitor and revoke its professional designations in terms of its own goals legislation and/or international conventions
 To submit a list of members in a form acceptable to SAQA
 To set criteria for, remote and monitor continuing professional development (CPD) for its members to meet the relevant professional requirements
 To publish a code of conduct and operate a mechanism for reporting and investigating of members who are alleged to have contravened the code
 To refrain from applying unfair exclusionary practices in terms of membership admission to the body or when recognising education or training providers
 Make career advice related information available to SAQA

Following the recognition of IPM as a professional body by SAQA, the following structures were established:

Membership and Designations Committee was established and it held its Inaugural meeting on the 5th February 2013. The purpose of this committee is to assess all applications for professional designations and award candidates who satisfy the criteria for the designation applied for as approved by SAQA. The committee agreed that they will be four sittings in a year for assessments during the following months: February, May, August and November.

Members of this committee are:
 David Conradie: Independent Talent Advisor (Chairperson)
 Mpho Letlape: Managing Director, Sasol Inzalo
 Professor Shirley Zinn: Managing Director, Shirley Zinn Consulting
 Nene Molefi: Managing Director and Founder, Mandate Molefi
 Mpho Makwana: Chairman: ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (ACLJ.J)
 Paul Norman: Group HR Director, MTN
 Heather Montgomery: Vice President Global Talent Management HR,
 Rre. Elijah Litheko: CEO & Executive Director, Institute of People Management
 Welile Mabaso – Membership and Professional, Institute of People Management
Alongside this committee, it’s a working group. The purpose of this working group is to develop the IPM Competency Framework that is aligned to our professional designations. This competency framework will also guide the continuous professional development of HR Professionals in South Africa. Two workshops have already been held and the others will follow until the task is accomplished.

Strategic Events

IPM will be hosting strategic events targeting HR Professionals and the Executive teams during the course of the year. In February the remaining will be hosted as follows:  HR Directors Leadership Summit on Tuesday, 26th February 2013 at GIBS, Illovo  Win with Diversity: United we score, breakfast session with international speakers Lenora Billings-Harris and Dr Gustav Gous on Wednesday, 27th February 2013 at Regenesys Business School, Sandton from 07h00 to 09h00  HR Metrics on Tuesday, 26th and Wednesday 27th February at Birchwood Hotel To find out more about the upcoming events, please contact Patricia on 011 7167504 /03 or email

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