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HR Business Partner Conference 2019 | Durban



Pre-Conference Workshop: 20 August 2019
Two-day conference: 21 and 22 August 2019

Over the years, there has been a great shift in the role(s) of the HR Business Partner (HRBP).

Previously, most HRBP-related responsibilities dealt with administrative or transactional activities, however today, most of this administrative work shifts to the HR service delivery function, leaving the HRBP to focus on strategic initiatives. The modern HR Business Partner must not only must serve as a mediator between employees and management, but also ensure strategic and transformational target are met.

So how can the modern HRBP rise to the challenge? And what crucial skills are required?

The 2019 HR Business Partner Conference will bring together CHROs, line managers, business leaders and senior HRBPs to share key insights on the future of the HR Business Partner role.


  • Discover how the role of HRBP will change in the new world of work
  • Hear case studies from companies with the best HRBP models
  • Get insights and examples of improved business results through effective implementation of the HRBP role
  • Learn how to create a meaningful workplace through driving purposeful organisations
  • Discover how to translate your organisation’s strategy into an effective and actionable HR strategy
  • Build a strong and credible relationship with line management after hearing how to be an internal consultant
  • Learn the critical success factors for establishing and keeping employee engagement high within your organisation


  • HR Business Partners
  • Human Resources Managers
  • HR Executives managing and developing
  • HR Practitioners
  • HR Directors
  • Talent Managers
  • HR Consultants
  • Line Managers (who would like to collaborate better with HR)

For more information about the seminar, please contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba on or +2711 706 6009.


DAY ONE • 21 AUGUST 2019

07:30–08:30 Registration | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources Registration Staff

Introduction and Welcome  by chairperson           


The Business of HR: Getting your HR department future-fit

Dr Jerry Gule,
CEO, Institute of People Management


Business Acumen: What every HR Business Partner should know
Business acumen is a skill that needs to be given higher priority, particularly with leaders in Human Resources.

Nadine Gieseler,
Head:HR, Miladys

10:30–11:00 Morning Break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry


The role of the HRBP in building and protecting the employer brand

Ruan Minnaar,
Director: Human Capital and Marketing, Bigen


HR as a change catalyst

Thami Msubo, GM: Group HR Services, Toyota South Africa

12:30–13:30 Lunch | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal


HRBP as an internal consultant

Nontuthuko Mgabhi, General Manager: HR, Richards Bay Coal Terminal


Applying Agile Methodology to HR

15:00 Wrap up of Day-1 | Networking tea break and departure


DAY TWO • 22 AUGUST 2019

07:30–08:30 Registration | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources Registration Staff

Welcome & introduction by chairperson


Is Performance Management really worth all the hassle?

Ronnie Toerien, HCM Sales & Strategy Lead, Oracle  


The new role of HRBP in the new world of work

Cebile Xulu, HR Director, Mondelez

10:30–11:00 Morning Break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry


Hiring talent based on capability vs. competency

Lerato Semenya,
Managing Executive, talentCRU – an Adcorp Company


How HR Business Partners can leverage inclusion to drive engagement            

Ayesha Mathuthu, Head: Talent, Aspen

12:30–13:30 Lunch | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal


Wellbeing in the workplace: What HRBPs should know

Navlika Ratangee, Clinical Operations Director, ICAS


HR strategy that delivers

Russell Van Rensburg,
Group People Director, Mr Price Group

15:00 Close of conference


Janko, Managing Director and Organisational Psychologist, Human Interest
Janko is an Organisational Psychologist and holds a Master’s Degree in IO Psychology at Unisa (Cum Laude). His other qualifications include a BCom Sport Management, BCom Hons Industrial Psychology, Certificate in Marketing & Customer Centricity (Cum Laude) and an Intensive Coaching Training Accreditation (Cum Laude). He is the Founder of Human Interest, a bespoke talent management consulting firm that partners with organisations to create a high-performing, integrated talent ecosystem – characterised by highly motivated, engaged and committed people. He has extensive consulting experience and has designed and delivered people solutions across various industries.
Thami Msubo, GM: Group HR Services, Toyota South Africa
Born and bred in KwaMashu Township (North of Durban, South Africa), Thami is proud, privileged and honoured to serve Toyota South Africa Motors family where he leads a strategic and operational Group HR Services portfolio which services 8000 Team Members in Durban and Johannesburg operations. Thami’s HR and business leadership experience in both listed (public) and private companies including pre-IPO companies is his tool of trade and competitive advantage. His professional career is built on strategic, operational, collaborative and high-performing team approach to create a sustainable workplace culture where everyone feels valued. Prior to joining Toyota Thami spent a short stint as GM HR at Rio Tinto's Richards Bay Minerals and more than 5 years as Chief of HR at Telkom where he led Group HR portfolio during business turnaround. His professional career started when he was a Business Administration Trainee at Siemens AG in Munich, Germany in 1989. And his leadership experience started at the tender age of 15 when I was a leader of boy scouts in KwaMashu Township, North of Durban. Thami’s highest academic achievement is a Master of Administrative Sciences Degree with majors in Administrative Sciences and International Organisations from German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer, Germany. He currently serves on the Academic Advisory Board for Human Resources and Management Science at Durban University of Technology (DUT).
Lerato Semenya is the Managing Executive for talentCRU, an Adcorp company
Lerato Semenya is the Managing Executive for talentCRU - enabling organisations to revolutionise the fulfilment and management of their workforce strategy using customised talent solutions. Smart, swift and compliant solutions for building permanent and contingent workforces. Communication and advocacy in the workforce strategy is her passion, developed and honed through her 16 year career which has spanned across IT, Strategy Development and Execution, in the Mining, Financial Services, Oil and Gas, IT industries. She is interested in constantly evaluating the influence of technology in the solutions available for the South African employment landscape, including the distillation of hype in latest trends in Human Resources and Talent Management, to ensure that trend evaluation is always done in conjunction with the business imperatives and strategic drivers.
Ruan Minnaar is Director of Human Capital and Marketing at Bigen
Ruan MinnRuan Minnaar is Director of Human Capital and Marketing at Bigen, an innovative, solutions-focused infrastructure development Group striving to improve quality of life across Africa. Since joining Bigen in 2017, he has already successfully spearheaded the Group’s rebranding and culture re-engineering process, helping to strengthen its market positioning as a socio-economic development activist. With a strong people focus and passion for the transformation of our African continent complementing his outstanding academic and business record across a range of disciplines, Ruan has consistently been recognised as a principled leader who get things done to the highest of standards.
Ayesha Mathuthu, Group Talent and Organisational Effectiveness Manager, Aspen Pharmacarer
Ayesha is a passionate and proud HR professional, who has been blessed to work in various industries and multinationals in her HR journey. She did not necessarily seek out a career in the field but found it to speak to her belief in the human spirit. Having an Honours degree in HR, coupled with her 22 years’ experience, she presents a sound view on the value that HR can contribute in an organisation. Ayesha has worked across HR functions both from a tactical implementation perspective and strategically in order to find People solutions for business challenges. As the Group Talent and Organisational Effectiveness Manager for Aspen Pharmacare, Ayesha leads a purpose driven team and always focus on ensuring our service and solutions have relevancy and relatability.
Ronnie Toerien, HCM Sales Development and Strategy Lead, Oracle
Ronnie is currently the HCM (Human Capital Management) Sales Development and Strategy Leader, for the Africa region at Oracle. Ronnie has been involved in Human Resources since 1990, first in Training and later in the implementation and support of HCM solutions. Ronnie Toerien studied Law through correspondence at UNISA and his first job was at the State Attorney in Johannesburg. Ronnie has presented at numerous local and international events and at the World HRD Congress in Mumbai where he was awarded the Global HR Excellence – Strategic Award. He occasionally guest lectures to HR master’s students at the University of Johannesburg as well as at the University of Pretoria where he is also on the examination panel for Masters students.
Navlika Ratangee, Clinical Operations Director, ICAS SA
Navlika Ratangee is a qualified clinical psychologist and is also a GIBS MBA graduate. She is currently the Clinical Operations Director at ICAS SA, a behavioural risk and employee health and wellness company. She has diverse experience in human capital management, behavioural risk, change management, managerial consulting, global management consulting leadership, organisational resilience and organisational strategy. She also has an abundance of experience in dealing with mental health in the workplace and has consulted to many South African corporates in this regard.
Renzo Tognocchi, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting
Renzo is a Senior Manager in the Actuarial, Reward and Advanced Analytics practice within the Deloitte Human Capital practice. He is also registered as a Chartered Reward Specialist with the South African Reward Association. Renzo has consulted extensively throughout Africa and the Middle East, and is uniquely positioned to provide cutting edge reward and recognition designs. His work experience includes Expatriate Pay modelling; Employee and Executive Compensation Design; Employee Benefit Structuring; Recognition and Motivation Schemes; Organisational Design; Job Profiling an Evaluation; Performance Management; Mergers & Acquisitions as well as Reward Governance & Compliance.

Pre-Conference Workshop | Sponsors and Exhibitors

Pre-Conference Workshop

HR Transformation: What would your HR Department look like if it was run like a customer-centric business?

20 August 2019 (one-day workshop)

In the knowledge and gigabyte economy – companies with the best talent win. Despite this well-known fact, and the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity facing companies in a highly competitive economic environment, many HR functions are structured and operate as bureaus with a monopoly on internal services rendered. How can HR transform itself away from being a comfortable “internal service provider” and a “grudge purchase” towards offering leading edge, innovative products and services for their unique customers?

  • What can HR learn from the very businesses they serve on how to unlock value for their “customers”?
  • Which well-established business concepts are HR overlooking? Agile? Lean? Continuous improvement?
  • How can HR better understand the needs of their customers (and do they even know who their customers really are)?
  • What does the HR/Talent Value Chain and Operating Models look like for the modern HR organisation?
  • How can HR functions begin transforming themselves towards innovation and customer excellence?
  • What are the individual competencies required to run HR as a business and not a bureau?

Janko, Managing Director and Industrial Psychologist, Human Interest

Janko is an Industrial Psychologist and holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology at Unisa (Cum Laude). He has extensive consulting experience and has designed and delivered organisational development solutions across the globe. Following senior positions at two international consulting firms, Janko founded Human Interest, a specialist Organisation Design and Development firm with the purpose of moving the performance dial through the power of people. Janko and his team thrives in developing interconnected, targeted actions aimed at transforming individuals, teams and organisations. He is passionate about people’s potential and have worked with global leaders, Olympic athletes and league winning sports teams to achieve their goals.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Platinum Sponsor

Modern, integrated cloud applications from Oracle help you re-imagine your business. The best-of-breed SaaS applications in Oracle Cloud provide social, mobile, and analytic capabilities that help you to deliver the experiences that your customers expect, your employees require and with the performance that the market demands. A unified Oracle cloud suite brings together your data to provide you with a deeper and consistent view into your business. This can also be easily extended to include multiple other sources such as finance, operations, supply chain, sales, purchasing and project data. Providing high quality information, in a timely manner, accessed using the devise of your choice and with an engaging consumer-like user experience, will dramatically enhance personal productivity. Your executives and managers will have access to cross-functional data from across the enterprise thereby enabling much better decision-making and as a result your operations can be simplified, streamlined, and better able to support strategic initiatives, address marketplace changes and deliver growth.

What can sponsors and exhibitors expect?

Sponsors will meet a wide range of audiences through our cross country HRBP conferences which will take place in 3 cities, starting with Johannesburg in April, Cape Town in June and Durban in the third quarter of the year.

Already one of our flagship events, the 2019 HRBP Conference is set to be our best one yet!

Significant brand exposure to senior HR Business Partner’s through our integrated targeted marketing campaign

Brand exposure to international associations, blogs and media partners, widening the target audience

Affiliation with a widely reputed and recognised HRBP event

Fruitful networking potential with conference delegates and speakers

High rate of face to face contacts with potential partners and clients

Maximising your time and resources in front of 70-80 targeted HRBP experts over 2 days

Strong Buyer/decision maker attendance

For more information about the seminar, please contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba on or +2711 706 6009 .


  Price (excl. VAT)
HRBP Conference | Pre- Conference workshop 1&2 only
20 August 2019 
R 3 600.00 excl. VAT
Two-day conference
21-22 August  
R7 900 .00 excl. VAT
Pre-conference workshop 1 or 2 and Two-day conference
20-22 August  
R9 500 .00 excl. VAT

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and conference material
SETA grants and accreditation requirements
Many of our delegates enquire about the accreditation of our events. There is a misconception that organisations qualify for SETA grants only for accredited programmes. This is not correct. The payment of SETA grants is regulated by the Government Gazette, no. 9867, Vol. 570, 3 December 2012, no. 35940. These Regulations clearly state that the SETAs “must allocate a mandatory grant to a levy paying employer” that has submitted a WSP and ATR by the regulated date, has provided all the information required in the regulated template, and is up to date with skills levy payments. Furthermore, the template in the Regulations (Section C: Skills Development) allows employers to include ALL planned training in the report; not only accredited programmes.
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  • Register 3 delegates and the 4th delegate attends free of charge!
  • Special discount for registered NPO’s, small businesses (30 or less employees) & full-time lecturers at universities – contact us for more information!

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