Executive Management of the Information Regulator

Mr Mosalanyane Mosala: Chief Executive Officer

PPIR MemberMr Mosalanyane Mosala has more than 38 years experience in the public service of which 15 years were spent in the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development as a Senior Manager at Chief Director level (13 years). He was then seconded to the Information Regulator as an Acting Chief Executive Officer (2 years) 1 November 2017-31 March 2019 and December 2020- 30 June 2021, to assist in establishing the administration of the Regulator and provide strategic leadership.

He has worked as an educator, and gained 17 years of experience in understanding service delivery challenges at a local government level, which enhanced his problem solving abilities at a coalface level. He also worked as a manager in the Office of Director General (ODG) in the Free State Provincial Government for 5 years where his responsibilities were coordinating and managing the activities in the ODG’s office.

His expansive experience in the public service has seen him acquire skills in policy formulations. He was robustly instrumental in developing implementable policy frameworks such as the; Research Framework and Complaints and Compliments policy.

Mr Mosala hails from Bloemfontein in the Free State Province. He holds a Baccalaureus Artium (BA) degree majoring in Education and English and Baccalaureus Educationis (B Ed) Hon degree he further holds a Magister Educationis (M Ed) degree and a Magister in Public Administration degree. He expanded his knowledge to equip him better for the public service as a manager by completing the following courses successfully and obtaining the following certifications; International Development, bridging the worlds of theory, policy and practice.

Mr Mosalanyane Mosala has a passion for service excellence which he has portrayed through his advocacy and leadership in the Batho Pele Excellence Awards, where he adjudicated the National Batho Pele Excellence Awards and as well as the KZN Premier Excellence Awards. His passion for ensuring that the service delivery standards are at of the highest level to ensure efficient service delivery to the citizens of South Africa saw him being appointed as the National Chairperson of the Batho Pele Excellence Awards from 2016-2020.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Mr. Mukelani Dimba: Executive: Education and Communication

PPIR MemberMukelani Dimba is the Executive for Education and Communication at the Information Regulator. He is a policy specialist with a focus on transparency and anti-corruption, and has technical expertise in the thematic areas of information rights law, transparency, accountability, open contracting, multi-stakeholder initiatives, strategic planning and monitoring & evaluation. He has a wealth of expertise in design, development and delivery of training projects on transparency and accountability policy areas.

As the erstwhile executive director of the Open Democracy Advice Centre, a law centre that specialised in freedom of information laws and protection of whistleblowers, where he worked for 18 years, Mukelani Dimba has vast experience in leading public policy training and advocacy on the rights-based approach to transparency and accountability as essential elements of enhancing good governance. This work has entailed training public representatives, government officials and civil society groups regionally and globally on enactment of enabling laws to improve transparency and accountability and development of regional and global standards for incorporating transparency and accountability as essential tools for good governance.  This work has been conducted in countries such as South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Egypt, Maldives and Brazil. 

Mukelani has worked at high levels as part of teams coordinating the development of global and regional standards on information rights issues such as; the African Union’s Model Law on Access to Information, Judicial Colloquium on the Right to Information, the Global Principles on National Security & Access to Information, the Open Government Partnership and the African Platform on Access to Information. As a former faculty member of the International School for Transparency (IST), originally a joint project of the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and the Södertörn University (Sweden) he was involved in designing and delivering leadership training programmes on transparency and open governance policy issues for senior level government officials (ministers & permanent secretaries) from Uganda, South Africa, Bangladesh and Jamaica.

Mukelani is the former global co-chair of the Open Government Partnership and currently serves as its chairman of the board of directors. He also serves as the deputy chairperson of the board of directors of the Open Contracting Partnership. He is the former chairperson of the Africa Freedom of Information Centre.

 

Page updated: 16 Jul 2021

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