Meet Mr Sibongiseni Michael Dlamini, a Durban University of Technology alumnus and a seasoned-committees administrator, who has now joined the DUT family as the new Head of Department of the Committees Administration.
He has a culmination of 15 years of experience, having worked for the Ugu District Municipality since July 2002 and the eThekwini Municipality as the Manager of the Ward Committees since July 2013. “I am proud to accentuate the point that by the time I left the eThekwini Municipality I had personally trained more than 500 officials responsible for secretariat duties within Council and its Units. The primary focus of the training was on committee and meetings management skills as well as secretarial communication skills, to equip them with the wherewithal to provide an efficient and effective administrative support system to their respective departmental committees . I am also honoured to serve the institution that produced me. Also, as the newly appointed HOD of the Committees Administration, I have a duty to maintain and improve the performance of the department towards achieving the purpose for which it was established. I can achieve this by ensuring that there is personnel with prerequisite skills necessary for the assignment with which the department is entrusted,” he said.
Mr Dlamini also added that he will ensure that the department provides professional and effective administrative, governance and secretariat functions to Council, Senate, Institutional Forum, Executive Management committees and their respective sub-committees.
“I am appointed to ensure that there is coherent and prompt communication for the implementation of decisions as well as the maintenance of the records of decisions taken through various governance structures. Moreover, in the process, I should not forget to keep the council communique flowing and intact to ensure that the DUT community is informed. That is my assignment in this institution,” he said.
Mr Dlamini has a Bachelor of Technology degree in language practice from DUT, a certificate in report writing from the University of Zululand in partnership with Africa Governance Transformation and another certificate in committee and meetings management from the KWANALOGA School of Excellence. He is currently completing another local government related course.
“My aims and objectives are dictated to by the needs of my customers, who happen to be members of all committees of the University. Moreover, I will keep the necessary rapport with the Vice-Chancellor, the Chairperson of Council and the Registrar. The department serves as a storehouse that keeps seeds mummified for use in the future, hence, the accuracy of records and decisions must be kept intact at all times, to avoid the distortion of facts. Sifting a wheat from chaff is never an easy exercise, yet the department has to meet that standard,” he said.
Mr Dlamini enjoys spending his spare time with his family; reading books ranging from the bible, to psychology, philosophy and politics, to stimulate and challenge his mind. Prioritising has always been an elixir to juggling his career and family, as a person who is also active in the affairs of the church and the community where he resides. “I try by all means to find the time and space for my work and for my family. My family is my primary focus and work is my secondary focus; therefore I find balance in that respect,” he added.