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The new SA Statistics Council, which was appointed from 1 January 2019, for a term of three years, was officially inaugurated by Ms Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister in The Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, at a meeting in Ekurhuleni on 5 February 2019. The term of this Council will run to 31 December 2021.

The Statistics Council is appointed in terms of the Statistics Act (6 of 1999). The role of the council is to advise the Minister and the Statistician-General on any issue concerned with the production and use of official statistics. This includes:

  • Strategic advice on statistical policy and priorities
  • Technical advice, in general or on specific statistical data collections and methodological issues
  • Coordination of statistical activities.

The Minister appointed Prof David Everatt as the Chairperson, as he has served on the previous Council and provides continuity.

There are 20 members from around the country representing the statistical interests of provinces, organs of state, business and research.

STATISTICS COUNCIL 2019

Members re-appointed nationally

Mr Ian Assam

Mr Assam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Public Administration.  He is a Planning Consultant to the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council (ECSECC).  His areas of expertise are monitoring and evaluation, and using data to transform the public sector. He is the Deputy Chairperson of the current Statistics Council.  He nominated himself.

 Mr Faldie Esau

Mr Esau holds a BA and a Diploma in Datametrics.  He is a Technical Consultant at Tri Dev Works AFP.  His areas of expertise are policy evaluation, research and design, and data mining and analysis. He is the Chairperson of the outgoing Strategy Committee. He nominated himself.

Dr Jacky Galpin

Dr Galpin holds a DSc (Mathematical Statistics). She is a Statistical Consultant. Her areas of expertise are official statistics and methodology. She is the Chairperson of the outgoing Methodology Committee. She was nominated by Mr D Uys, SASA President.

Mr Ettienne le Roux

Mr Le Roux holds an MCom (Economics).  He is the Chief Economist at Rand Merchant Bank.  His areas of expertise are economic and social data analysis. He was nominated by Mr R Gouws, Bureau for Economic Research at Stellenbosch University.

Dr Ariane Neethling

Dr Neethling holds a PhD (Statistics). She is a Statistical Consultant and part time lecturer. Her areas of expertise are sampling, weighting and methodology. She was nominated by Mr D Uys, SASA President.

New national appointments

Dr Thabi Leoka

Dr Leoka holds a PhD (Economics). She is currently an independent Economic consultant. Her areas of expertise are economic research, modelling and forecasting. She nominated herself.

Ms Reshoketswe Mokobane

Ms Mokobane holds an MSc (Statistics and Operations Research). She is the Deputy Director and a researcher of the Population Development Unit, Department of Social Development, Limpopo. Her area of expertise is small area estimation. She was nominated by Dr M Lesaoana of the University of Limpopo (a former Council member).

Mr Thapelo Molahloe

Mr Molahloe holds a BSc (Actuarial and Financial Mathematics). He is a consultant in the analytics space. His areas of expertise are data analytics and predictive modelling. He nominated himself.

Ms Blanche Motsosi

Ms Motsosi holds an MSc (Mathematical Statistics). She is the Senior Manager: Pricing at MTN. Her areas of expertise are data science, technology and pricing. She nominated herself.

Ms Nompumelelo Nzimande

Ms Nzimande holds an MA (Sociology/Demography). She is the Academic Leader of Development and Population Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She was nominated by Prof J May of University of the Western Cape (a former Council member).

Mr Wandile Sihlobo

Mr Sihlobo holds an MSc (Agricultural Economics). He is an Agricultural Economist and Head of Research at the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz). His areas of expertise are economics, agriculture and land reform. He was nominated by Mr J Purchase, CEO of Agbiz.

Provincial appointments

Eastern Cape

Ms Vuyelwa Mantyi

Ms Mantyi holds a BCom Hons (Management). She is the Director for Integrated Strategy and Planning in the Office of the Premier, Eastern Cape. Her areas of expertise are strategy development, planning and monitoring in the public sector as well as digital marketing. She was nominated by P Masualle, Premier of the Eastern Cape.

Western Cape

Ms Zeenat Ishmail

Ms Ishmail holds an MSc (Engineering-Project Management). She is the Chief Director: Strategic Management Information, and Head of the Data Office in the Office of the Premier, Western Cape.  Her areas of expertise are data governance, indicator and data management and evaluation systems. She was nominated by Ms H Zille, Premier of the Western Cape. She was member of the previous Council.

Northern Cape

Mr Kuberin Packirisamy

Mr Packirisamy holds a BCom Hons (Statistics). He is the CFO in the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the Northern Cape.  His areas of expertise are analysis, research and strategic planning. He was nominated by Ms S Lucas, Premier of the Northern Cape.

KwaZulu-Natal

Mr Thulani Bhengu

Mr Bhengu holds an M (Town and Regional Planning). He is the Provincial Manager of the Housing Development Agency, KwaZulu-Natal.  His areas of expertise are strategic planning and human settlements development. He was nominated by Mr W Mchunu, Premier of KwaZulu-Natal.

Free State

Mr Thuso Ramaema

Mr Ramaema holds an M (Public Health). He is the Head: Planning, Research and Strategic Infrastructure in the Office of the Premier, Free State. His areas of expertise are development planning, public health, environmental management and governance. He was nominated by Ms S Ntombela, Premier of the Free State.

Gauteng

Prof David Everatt

Prof Everatt holds a DPhil (Modern History). He is the Head of School: Wits School of Governance. His areas of expertise are development, poverty, youth, and governance. He was nominated by Mr D Makhura, Premier of Gauteng. He was a member of the previous Council.

North West

Prof Andries Monyeki

Prof Monyeki holds a PhD (Health). He is the Principal Investigator: Faculty of Health Sciences, North West University. His areas of expertise are research, health, nutrition (i.e. malnutrition and obesity) and physical activity. He was nominated by Prof T Mokgoro, Premier of the North West Province.

Mpumalanga

Dr Nomusa Mlondo

Dr Mlondo holds a D (Education). She is the Director: Research and Strategic Management Information Services in the Office of the Premier, Mpumalanga. Her areas of expertise are education, development and research. She was nominated by Ms R Mtshweni, Premier of Mpumalanga.

Limpopo

Dr Modjadji Malahlela

Dr Malahlela holds a D (Public Administration). She is the DDG for the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) in Limpopo. Her areas of interest are research, development planning, and management. She was nominated by Mr N Nchabeleng, DG in the Office of the Premier, Limpopo.