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Michael Makhubela
Michael Makhubela

From Chief Operations Officer to Municipal Manager

The W&RSETA’s International Leadership Development Programme (ILDP) not only prepares leaders for the Wholesale and Retail Sector but expands their horizons for opportunities in other sectors including entrepreneurship. This week we celebrate the appointment of our 2014 ILDP graduate Michael Makhubela as the Municipal Manager of Bela-Bela Municipality. Congratulations and continue to fly the W&RSETA and ILDP flag high! #ILDP ’Developing_globally competitive_leaders’

Nabeela Essa
Nabeela Essa, Steinbuild.

From IT Manager to Chief Information Officer

Nabeela’s career has been a whirlwind success since completing the ILDP in 2011. “I started my working career in the banking sector before spending two years overseas at a SAP and Siebel training academy. On my return to South Africa, I held various positions at EOH and Media24 before joining Steinbuild in 2007 as an IT Manager for Timbercity.” Shortly after completing the ILDP, Nabeela was promoted to the EXCO of Steinbuild (a division of the JD Group).

In 2014 she was appointed to the position of Executive: IT and Business Processes at Steinbuild where she was responsible for all IT architecture (including business processes, business applications, networks, infrastructure and telecommunications) for the Steinbuild Group. 2016 was another highlight in Nabeela’s illustrious career when she was appointed at the Chief Information Officer of Steinbuild. “The ILDP has broadened my scope beyond IT to retail as a whole, and developing my learnerships skills. This Programme has had a major role in my career progression.”

Lianne Clayton
Bringing her A-Game to the Boardroom!

From Buyer to Planning Director: Lianne Clayton, Mr Price Group

Bubbly Lianne started her career in retail at Milady's in 2001 from a manufacturing background. She joined Milady’s as a buyer and soon realised that her passion was in the planning field. In 2014, she became a Planner and was promoted to Planning Manager in 2007. 2010 was a watershed year for Lianne when she joined the ILDP which developed her as a leader. A year later, she was promoted to Planning Manager for outerwear and in the same year she acted as Planning Executive for the business. In 2012, Lianne ascended to the directorship of Milady's as its Planning Director.

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Girland Chibaya

From Head of Planning: International Brands to Head of Strategic Planning: General Merchandise

Girland Chibaya, – Pick n’ Pay

Girland was living the retail dream! He has completed the highly acclaimed ILDP in 2013 and was feeling very confident about his future. In 2015, after five years of dedicated commitment to one of the country’s leading retailers, he was appointed as Head of Planning: International Brands. However, the joy of reaching the corporate high was short-lived.

A stroke of luck and blessing came his way when he was appointed as Head of Strategic Planning: General Merchandise. Girland’s belief to a life-long learning found resonance when enrolled for his MBA which he recently completed. In his words, “God always has a bigger plan than ours…he closes one door to open another amazing door”

Hardy Sishange

From Regional Manager to GM:HyperMarkets

Hardy Sishange, Pick 'n Pay

Hardy is one of the 39 delegates who completed the ILDP in 2013. He had joined the Programme as a Regional Manager for Pick 'n Pay in Gauteng; a company he joined in 1998. In 2016, Hardy continued his climb on the corporate ladder when he was appointed General Manager for Pick 'n Pay Hypermarkets.
Making this announcement to the W&RSETA, Hardy said "this is another feather in W&RSETA's cap".


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