Second Term Board of Directors (2017 - 2022)


Dr Sethole Reginald Legoabe

Chairperson of the Board
Editor: African Journal in Education & Transformation (AJET), ISSN 2788-6379

Dr Legoabe is a corporate governance specialist; Research Supervisor & Labour Law Consultant with advanced experience in the private, NGO & public sectors with advanced knowledge of SCM & Treasury regulations; strategic planning, audit, governance & risk issues with vast experience on Boards & governance Committees (audit & risk, HRM, Finance, Accreditation & CPD), municipal infrastructure, capacity development in the built environment professions; programme accreditation & Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

In his career in the public sector, Dr Legoabe has spearheaded various flagship national capacity development interventions supporting Town & Regional Planning & Civil Engineering professions leading to professional registration of Candidate Technicians with the Engineering Council of SA (ECSA) & SA Council of Planners (SACPLAN) including vast experience in development of Project & Construction Managers, Construction Health & Safety professions, Building Inspectors as well as Artisanal trades. Dr Legoabe serves as Research Supervisor (NRF Scholarship Recipient, 2016) supervising Masters & Doctoral students.

Dr Legoabe has served on the Network's 1st Term inaugural Board as Executive Director (2011 - 2017) & has served in various fulltime management capacities with amongst others the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA); National Productivity Institute (Productivity SA); Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (MISA) & SA Council for the Project & Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP).

Dr Legoabe serves as Editor on the Editorial Board of the African Journal in Education & Transformation (AJET), ISSN 2788-6379. He holds a D.Tech (Business Administration) doctoral degree from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT); Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) & Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from North West University (NWU); National Diploma (HRM) & Associate in Management (AIM) from University of Cape Town (UCT) & Certificate in Management Studies from MANCOSA. The title of Dr Legoabe's doctoral thesis is "Barriers Affecting the Professionalization of Civil Engineers in the South African Local Government Sector".

Seboka Kopung

Dr Seboka Kopung

PhD (NWU); MBA(Thames Valley); B.Ed (Hons) (NWU); B.Sc. Ed (NWU); B Min (CFCI), B Min(Hons) (TICU), GDE (Civil)(Wits)
Deputy-Chairperson of the Board
Editorial Board: African Journal in Education & Transformation (AJET), ISSN 2788-6379

Dr Seboka Kopung is a water Specialist and former Lecturer in the management sciences at the North West University (NWU) with over 27 years in the water sector and over 10 years lecturing Project Management; Financial Accounts; Quality Management; Strategic Management & Business Policy and Business Ethics at the NWU Mafikeng Campus and is currently Project Manager at Walter Sisulu University (WSU)

Dr Kopung serves as member of the Editorial Board of the African Journal in Education & Transformation (AJET), ISSN 2788-6379 and holds over 18 years experience facilitating Water Demand Management; Water Conservation and Wastewater Management courses as former National Co-ordinator of the War on Leaks programme for Limpopo, Gauteng and Mpumalanga.

Dr Kopung is a Research Supervisor and supervises student research work at both Honours and Masters levels and holds a PhD degree from North West University; Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Thames Valley University as well as an Honours degree (Project Management in Education) from the North West University (NWU).

Dr Kopung is a Director of Aqua Afrika Management Solutions and his doctoral thesis is titled "An operational framework to improve municipal infrastructure grant spending in North West Province, South Africa".

Mothepane Seolonyane

Ms. Mothepane Ledicia Seolonyane

MBA (NWU); PGDM (NWU); ND. Fin Man (Taletso FET)
Executive Director
Editorial Board: African Journal in Education & Transformation (AJET), ISSN 2788-6379

Ms Seolonyana is an experienced financial management practitioner, Accountant and Auditor across the public & private sectors. Ms Seolonyana has worked as a Senior Forensic Auditor, Accountant, and Finance Manager at amongst others the North West Provincial Council on Aids, North West Provincial Legislature (NWPL) as well as a Lecturer at North West University (NWU) and currently a Research Supervisor for Masters (MBA/MPA) students at MANCOSA.

Ms Seolonyane serves on the Editorial Board of the African Journal in Education & Transformation (AJET), ISSN 2788-6379 and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) majoring in Finance; a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) with the North West University as well as a National Diploma (ND) in Financial Management from Taletso FET College. She possesses specialist knowledge in the functional areas of Income Tax, Financial Accounting, Cost and Management Accounting, Corporate Finance, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, Financial Institutions and Interest Rates, International Finance, Derivatives and Risk Management, International and Corporate Finance as well as Financial Planning. She is currently completing her PhD Degree in Business Administration at North West University. The topic of her doctoral thesis is titled "Authentic Leadership in the Public Finance Performance: An Improved Framework".

Orapeleng Daniel Matshediso

Mr. Orapeleng Daniel Matshediso

BA Political Science (NWU)
Deputy Executive Director

Orapeleng Daniel Matshediso is a motivational speaker, socio-political scientist and community activist who served on the previous Board of the Network from 2012 to 2017. He is a former Secretary General of the CSRC (2011/2012) and President of the ISRC (2012/2013) at NWU and a former President of the Golden Key International Honour Society (2011/2012) at NWU Mafikeng Campus.

He previously worked as Personal Assistant and Political Advisor to the former Executive Mayor of Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality in the North West province from 2014 to 2016 and is currently employed as the Public Relations Officer at Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality where he also serves as Shop Steward on the Branch Executive Committee of the SA Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the North West University, Certificate Programme in Good Governance in Africa (Thabo Mbeki Leadership Institute / UNISA) and Programme in Human Resource Development for Good Municipal Governance from Stellenbosch University.

Thidziambe Phendla

Prof Thidziambi Sylvia Tshivhase-Phendla

PhD (Michigan State University); HELM (Wits); M.Ed (UJ), FDE (UJ); B.Ed (Wits) ; BA. Ed (Univen)
Director: Research
Editor-in-Chief: African Journal in Education & Transformation (AJET), ISSN 2788-6379

Prof Thidziambi Tshivhase-Phendla is an academic, Researcher, gender activist, motivational speaker and international distinguished Fulbright scholar with a passion for social justice. She is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, World Bank Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund and Ernest Oppenheimer Trust Fund scholarships. Prof Phendla is the Chairperson of Council of the Tshwane North TVET College and Head of Organisation & Projects, TVET Colleges Governors Council (TVETCGC). She is a former Dean of the School of Education at the University of Venda; former Director of UNESCO-International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (UNESCO-IICBA) at the Pretoria Node.

Prof Phendla serves as Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal in Education & Transformation (AJET), ISSN 2788-6379 and holds a PhD degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Michigan State University; Higher Education Leadership and Management from Wits, Master of Education (M.Ed) degree and Further Diploma in Education (FDE) both from the University of Johannesburg; Bachelor in Education (Wits) and Bachelors of Arts (Education) degree from the University of Venda . As a PhD Supervisor and top research scholar, she was a recipient of the Excellence in Research Awards for 2009; 2010; 2011 and Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision Award for the same year as the foregoing Awards at the University of Venda. She served as Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Educational Studies (JES) between 2008 to April 2012 at the University of Venda.

She is a past President of the Association of African Women (AAW) at Michigan State University and serves as a Director of The Study Clinic Surrogate Supervision; Fresh-I Holdings; Helping Hands Agency and Domestic Workers Advocacy Forum (DWAF). She currently serves as a Member of the Education Sector of the South African National Commission for UNESCO.

The title of Prof Phendla's doctoral thesis is "Musadzi u fara lufhanga nga hu fhiraho: Black Women School Leaders Creating Socially Just and Equitable School and Communities for Children and Youth in South Africa”


Advocate Thabo Daniel Molea

LLB (Pretoria); Advocate of the High Court of South Africa
Associate Director: Legal Services

Advocate Thabo Molea is an admitted Advocate of the High Court with over 12 years’ experience as a public sector legal professional working in support of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD)’s mandate in investigations, mediations, support and management of children’s courts, divorce courts, domestic violence courts, civil courts as well as ensuring compliance by the state with international conventions affecting the functioning of the SA courts system.

Adv Molea also served as a part-time Facilitator for the Department of International Relations & Cooperation (DIRCO) on international civil child abductions and is currently a practising advocate of the High Court of South Africa and an expert in the Hague Convention on International Civil Child Abduction matters. Adv Molea holds an LLB degree from the University of Pretoria (UP) and specialises in Family Law, Criminal Law, Administrative Law and Civil Law matters.


Mr Isak Ramafala Ramatshosa

LLB (NWU) Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Director: Legal Services

Mr Isak Ramatshosa is a community activist and admitted Attorney of the High Court in private practice since August 2013. His field of legal practice is Commercial law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Labour Law with keen interest in disciplinary hearings. He completed his articles in 2012 at the Centre for Community Law Development and worked as a candidate Attorney for Legal Aid South Africa. Prior to commencing his studies, he was employed as a Messenger and later Office Manager at Shongwe Nkwana Attorneys.

He harbours great passion for legal training and has been spearheading legal education workshops for teachers and community members across the Free State province, Potchefstroom and Ikageng communities and is a regular guest host on legal matters on the broadcasts of the Aganang FM community radio station, which he also served as Legal Advisor. He holds an LLB degree from North West University (NWU) and is currently completing his Masters Degree in Law (LLM) specialising in Labour Law.


Ms. Sibongile Malinga

BA (Hons) (NWU); BA (NWU)
Director: Media Liaison

Ms Sibongile Malinga currently serves as a Quality Assurance Coordinator at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria. As a future strategist she shares her passion for research and policy development in higher education having commenced her career as a Forensic Analyst at KPMG.

She holds an Honours degree in Development and Management specialising in Public and Political Management and Law, as well as a Bachelors in Arts degree in Development and Management from North-West University. She is currently studying towards her Masters degree in Social Development with the University of Witwatersrand.

Lindi Tlou

Ms. Patricia Lindi Tlou

MPA (UWC); HEMP (Wits), B. Admin (UWC); ND. Public Admin (TNT)
Director: Memberships and Subscriptions

Ms. Lindi Tlou is a Public Policy Analyst and Head: Quality Unit at the University of Pretoria. She holds a Master degree in Public Administration (MPA) specialising in Public Policy Management from the University of the Western Cape (UWC); Higher Education Management Programme from the School of Government (Wits University) as well as a Bachelors degree and National Diploma in Public Administration from UWC and Technikon Northern Transvaal (TUT). She is a former Director: National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET); Head of Quality Assurance Unit at the University of Cape Town and served as a Chief Administrative Officer at the University of Venda (UNIVEN) and has been in higher education management for more than a decade helping to improve the quality of teaching and learning, research and community engagement.

She shares her passion regarding issues of equality and equity in higher education and chaired the Transformation Committee within the Institutional Planning Department (UCT) and served on the Vice-Chancellor Transformation Advisory Committee at UCT. She is currently a Council Member (Tshwane North TVET College), Chairperson of Resource and Planning Committee (Tshwane North TVET College), Chairperson of the Board, Xaveri SA and serves as a member of the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC)’s Programme Accreditations Committee.