Head of Department
Mr. M.N.G Mahlatsi
I started my tertiary education at Vista University (Bloemfontein Campus) in 1991 where I acquired my BComm degree. I am the founder and the first chairperson of the Economic and Management Sciences Society (EMSOC) at Vista University (Bloemfontein Campus) in 1991.
I completed an Advanced Diploma in Project Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management at Cranefield Graduate School of Management. I have also completed Masters in Business Leadership (MBL) with among other courses Advanced Financial Management, International Financial Markets and Investments and Portfolio Management at UNISA in 2004. I have a certificate in Infrastructure Planning and Partnerships for Local Economic Development from Harvard University and the Infrastructure Development Management System Executive Management course from the University of Pretoria.
I have acquired 21 years working experience in various industries, ranging from the banking; telecommunication; electricity distribution and the public sector. I joined First National Bank in 1992 – 1993 where I was employed as a Senior Savings Clerk. I joined Eskom where I started as an Assistant Management Accounting Manager and finally became the Management Accounting Manager for the North-Western Region. I was subsequently employed at Telkom SA as the Manager for Management Accounting in the Central Region during January 1998 – May 1999 and was later appointed as the Corporate Accounts Manager at the head office in Pretoria.
I am the co-founder of Makomota Financial and Management Services, where I started as the Chief Operations Officer culminating in my elevation to the position of the Chief Executive Officer. I later joined Ernst & Young as a Senior Manager (Management Consulting). In 2008 I was appointed the Chief Financial Officer of Ngwathe Local Municipality where I later became the Municipal Manager. I joined the Department of the Premier in the Free State as the Chief Financial Officer where I obtained clean audits in two consecutive years. I am currently the Head of Department, Free State Provincial Treasury since 2013. During my tenure as the HoD for Treasury I have obtained 3 Clean Audits, I got appointed by the Executive Council as the Administrator for the Provincial Departments of Health and Education where I managed to successfully improve the audit outcomes of both Departments from a qualified to unqualified audit opinions. I was awarded the Batho Pele Excellence award by the National Department of Public Service and Administration as the second best Head of Department in the country. I served as an Audit Committee member of the following institutions: Maluti A Phofung Local Municipality, Dihlabeng Local Municipality, Ngwathe Local Municipality, Fezile Dabi District Municipality and Mangaung Metro Municipality.