As a national government agency that promotes and contributes to socioeconomic development and empowerment, the NAC is at the forefront of tapping into the reservoir of excellence offered by South African women, in particular, those serving the organisation in leading roles. Five individuals who are worth mentioning as shining examples of leading women in the public service are NAC Deputy Chairperson Jabu Dlamini, Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) Avril Joffe, Chairperson of the Human Resources Committee (HRC) Erica Elk, CEO Rosemary Mangope and Arts Development Manager (ADM) Julie Diphofa.
With qualifications in the humanities, education and project management, and having worked for the Department of Education for a number of years, Dlamini brings a passion for education, social development and creativity to the NAC Council, which she was appointed to in 2016. Given her vast experience and knowledge, there is no doubt that Dlamini’s influence on the NAC will be felt for years to come.
Dlamini is the current culture sector champion in Mpumalanga under the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP). She holds five champion Kamoso Awards, having been recognised for implementing the best innovative projects in the culture and social sector. Her work impacts positively on job creation, poverty reduction and economic empowerment. Projects implemented by Dlamini enhance social cohesion while reducing unemployment. They speak to the country’s priorities to build communities with sustainable livelihoods through the creative industries.