Executive Management of the Information Regulator

Marks Thibela: Chief Executive Officer

PPIR MemberMarks Thibela is an experienced executive with more than 20 years in the public sector specialising in strategy development, monitoring and evaluation, corporate governance, human capital and general management. He completed a Master of Business Administration from Wits Business School, Master of Public Management from Tshwane University of Technology, Bachelor of Technology degree in Public Management from the University of South Africa and a Diploma in Paralegal Studies from the University of Johannesburg.  He also obtained various certificates in Executive Development Programme from the University of Stellenbosch, Management Development Programme from the University of Pretoria; Project Management from the University of Pretoria; Corporate Governance from the International Management Institute in India; and Population and Demography Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Prior to his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Information Regulator in June 2019, he held the position of Chief Operations Officer, and simultaneously acted as CEO at the Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA) where he introduced policy frameworks, guidelines and systems that resulted in the achievement of the first ever unqualified and clean audit opinions; served as Deputy CEO at the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications and was responsible for setting up governance structures, systems and policies in terms of legislative changes that replaced the Board of Directors with the Accounting Authority responsibilities vested to the CEO and Deputy CEO; served as Chief Director for Strategy Management and Public Entity Oversight at the Department of Trade and Industry and was responsible for the Strategy Development and Monitoring and also Public Entity Oversight which entailed proving oversight on governance and performance over the public entities and other statutory bodies reporting to the DTI;  served as Director for Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Department of Water Affairs were he implemented an automated monitoring and evaluation system; served as Director: Strategic Planning and Performance Monitoring at the South African Social Security Agency and was responsible for setting up the strategic planning and monitoring function and developed policy frameworks, systems and guidelines as the entity was still in its first year of establishment; and also served as Deputy Director for Strategy Development and Policy Coordination at the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport in Mpumalanga where established the functions from scratch and developed policy frameworks, systems and guidelines. He spent the early days of his career as a Resource Development Practitioner and Administrator at the Office of the Premier and the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport within the Mpumalanga Provincial Administration.

As the CEO of the Regulator who is entrusted with the responsibility of being the Head of Administration and Accounting Officer, he hopes to draw from his experience and skills to ensure that an efficient and effective Administration is established to support the Regulator in pursuance of its legislative mandate.

 

Mr Prakash Narismulu: Chief Financial Officer

PPIR MemberPrakash Narismulu is a qualified chartered accountant with more than twenty-five years’ experience. He has served in various Financial Management and Auditing roles in both the Public Sector and Private Sector.

Prakash was appointed as the Financial Manager (Financial Accounting) at Transwerk, a division of Transnet Limited, and served there from 1997 to 2000.

Prakash has also served as the Chief Financial Officer at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs (2001-2004) where he was tasked with the establishment of a PFMA compliant Finance Division within the Branch – Administration. Prakash was able to implement good financial management practices that complied with the PFMA and Treasury Regulations, and which resulted in positive external audit outcomes.

Prakash has also served the Auditor General South Africa (AGSA) as a Senior Manager and Deputy Business Executive. In these roles he assisted in the development of the Compliance Auditing methodology of the AGSA for the public sector, while also serving large clients such as Cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni. Prakash has represented the AGSA in Parliament, Provincial Legislatures, Municipal Councils and internationally on Audit Standard Setting Committees.

More recently Prakash served as an Audit Partner at EY Africa based in Johannesburg. He fulfilled the role of audit engagement partner to several multinational companies, an international Non-Government Organisation and to the Gauteng Provincial Treasury. 

Prakash holds the following qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce (Natal), Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (University of Durban-Westville), Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management (Natal), Chartered Accountant (SA).

 

Ms. Varsha Sewlal: Executive: Legal, Policy, Research and Information Technology Analysis

PPIR MemberVarsha Sewlal was admitted as an attorney in 1998 and practised as an attorney specialising in litigation and drafting. She thereafter joined the Office of the Public Protector in Durban from 2001 to 2008 investigating maladministration and corruption and served as the Provincial Outreach Manager.

Varsha was appointed as the Master of the High Court, Durban in January 2009 serving the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. During her tenure as Master of the High Court, Durban she was concurrently appointed as the Acting Chief Director Research and Project Leader dealing with the Transformation of State Legal Services where she developed policies on briefing, the transformation of state legal services and advanced the uptake of Mediation by state institutions to mitigate excessive legal costs.

Varsha thereafter headed the largest Masters office in the country and served as Master of the North-Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) in 2016. She was later appointed as Chief Director, Legal Services where she headed Legal Services for the Department of Labour, Workman’s Compensation and the Unemployment Insurance Fund. She has served as part of numerous international delegations representing South Africa.

She is currently the Executive Officer heading Legal, Policy, Research and Information Technology Analysis and is the Deputy Information Officer at the Information Regulator.

Varsha is engaged on both a national and international level in promoting internet governance and ICT Policy development.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Social Science (UKZN),Baccalaureus Legum LLB(UKZN),Admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa (1998),Masters in Commercial Law (UNISA),Certificate in Intellectual Property Law  (WIPO (Geneva)-UNISA),Doctoral Candidate LLD, (Unisa) Information Communication Technology Law.

Certificate in Project Management, Certificate in Conveyancing, Certificate in Tender Management, Leadership Development Programme for Enhanced Public Service Delivery (Administrative Staff College of India Bella Vista: Hyderabad (India),Certificate in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution ,University of Cape Town Conflict Resolution Centre, Certificate in Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Mediation: Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO),Certificate in Internet Governance North American School of Internet Governance (San Juan, Puerto Rico),Certificate in Challenges of Internet Governance- Institut Barcelona Estudis Internacionals/ University of Catalunya (Barcelona,Spain), Policy Writing ICANN and NCUC (Barcelona).

 

Ms Hellen Shube: Executive: Corporate Services

PPIR MemberHellen Shube holds a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa, an Honour’s Degree in Human Resource Management and Development from the University of Johannesburg as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of the North, now known as the University of Limpopo.

Further to her qualifications, she has obtained a Diploma in Training and Development from Maccauvlei, a Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Development from the Tshwane University of Technology, a Public Management Development Certificate from the University of Pretoria, Labour Relations Certificate from the University of South Africa and a Presidential Strategic Leadership Development Post Graduate Certificate from the University of North West.

Her previous work experience has been in the area of Human Resource Management serving as the Chief Director for Corporate Services in the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), a Director for Corporate Services in the Department of Community Safety Security and Liaison as well as a Manager for Corporate Services in the Department of Education.

Furthermore, she has also held the positions of Assistant Director in Human Resource Management in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature as well as a Skills Development Facilitator in the Office of the Premier in Mpumalanga.

 

Adv. Tebogo Kelaotswe: Executive: Protection of Personal Information Act

PPIR MemberTebogo Kelaotswe, holds a LLM, (Criminal Law and Procedure) Baccalaureus Legum (LLB) and B. Juris degrees from the North West University.  He further obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Law from the University of Johannesburg and Advanced Certificate in Labour Law from University of the Free State. He was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court in 2010 at Western Cape High Court.

In 1997 he accepted an appointment to the Kudumane Magistrate Office as a temporary District Prosecutor for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa and was permanently appointed in 1998 as District Court Prosecutor. From 1999 to 2000 he worked at Schweizer Reyneke Magistrate Office.

From 2000 to 2002 he was stationed at Brits Magistrate Office. He continued his journey as a District Prosecutor at Pretoria Magistrate Office from 2002 until 2005. He was appointed as a Regional Court Prosecutor from 2005 until 2010 based at the Regional Court in Mmabatho and Pretoria North Office respectively. 

From January 2010 to October 2015 he worked as State Advocate in both the Offices of Director of Public Prosecutions in the Western and Northern Cape Provinces. From November 2015 until 29 November 2019 he was appointed as a Magistrate under the Department of Justice. And Constitutional Development stationed at Vanderbijlpark Magistrate Court.

On 1 December 2019 he joined the Information Regulator as an Executive responsible for the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA).

 

Mr Ntsumbedzeni Nemasisi: Executive: Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA)

PPIR MemberMr Ntsumbedzeni Nemasisi completed his LLB Degree from University of Limpopo in 2003 and was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in January 2006. He obtained his right of appearance in the High Court in July 2010. He holds certificates in Contract Drafting and in Digital Government-ICT Governance, both obtained from University of Pretoria. He practiced as an attorney at Moloto-Stofile Inc, wherein he was a Director of the firm.

Mr Nemasisi served in senior management positions, in both the private and public sectors for more than thirteen (13) years and worked as a Family Advocate at the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD; as a Legal Advisor at the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC); and as a Senior Manager for Legal Services at the Independent Development Trust (IDT) and Public Protector South Africa (PPSA) respectively.

Prior to joining the Information Regulator Mr Nemasisi was the Senior Manager for Legal and Compliance at the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) SOC Limited.

 

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