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SABEC 2014 Plenaries Speakers

Ms Gail Campbell

Organisation: Zenex Foundation,
Topic: Welcome

Gail Campbell is Chief Executive Officer of the Zenex Foundation, a non-profit, independent donor organisation that supports mathematics, science and language education. She has been involved in developmental grant making for over 15 years with a particular emphasise in school education. Ms Campbell has a Social Science background and practiced as a Social Worker working with women and youth. She also lectured in the field of Social Work at the University of Natal for five years before joining ABSA as General Manager of Corporate Social Investment where she was responsible for the ABSA Foundation with a strategic portfolio which included education and health and she pioneered the Employee Involvement Programme.

Gail currently serves on the boards of a number of non-profit educational organisations including the board of Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, the Gauteng Education Development Trust and the KwaZulu Natal Education Development Trust. She also serves on the recently formed, National Education Council which is part of the National Education Collaboration Trust. She contributes extensively in various forums drawing on her knowledge and experience in social development and education in particular. She is a strong proponent of monitoring and evaluation as a tool for measuring impact and learning from practice.

She has clerked for two Constitutional Court judges: Justice Pius Langa and Justice Edwin Cameron. She is a member of the Johannesburg Bar and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2003.

Prof Mary Metcalfe

Organisation: School of Public and Development, University of Witwatersrand
Topic: Welcome

Professor Mary Metcalfe has worked in education since 1974. She was appointed as the Gauteng MEC of Education in 1994, and as MEC for Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Land in 1999. She was the Head of the School of Education at Wits from 2004 and appointed as DG of the Department of Higher Education and Training in 2009.

She worked at the DBSA from 2011 to 2013 and is now the working on large-scale system improvement in education. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, and is a Visiting Adjunct Professor at Wits. She is the chairperson of the Education Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations.

Mr Mohamed Enver Surty

Organisation: Deputy-Minister of Basic Education
Topic: Address

Mr. Mohamed Enver Surty has a BA degree and an honours degree in Philosophy, a B.Proc degree, an LLM degree in Constitutional Litigation and a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.

He practiced law as an attorney in Rustenburg between 1977 and 1994. In 1994 he became a Member of Parliament and was actively involved as a negotiator of the Bill of Rights for the ANC. In 1999 he was elected Chief Whip of the NCOP and served in that capacity until 2004. In 2004 he was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Education until September 2008 when he was appointment as Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development. He is currently the Deputy Minister of Basic Education since May 2009.

Mr Khulekani Mathe

Organisation: Head of National Planning Commission

Khulekani joined the public service in 2007 as Senior Policy Analyst in the Policy Coordination and Advisory Services in the Presidency. He moved to the National Planning Commission Secretariat, as one of the sector experts in March 2010. He was responsible for all education, health and social protection work in the National Planning Commission Secretariat during the development of the draft National Development Plan.

Prior to joining the public service, Mathe worked for Procurement Dynamics, a development consultancy and a number of education NGOs in KwaZulu Natal. He was Programme Manager at Operation Upgrade of South Africa (1995 – 1999) and Executive Director at Tembaletu Community Education Centre (1999 – 2003).

Mathe served on many committees in the education, skills development, and the welfare sectors in the 1990s and 2000s. He was an Alternate Board Member of the Unesco Institute for Lifelong Learning representing South Africa (2009 – 2012). He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Education Policy Unit in the University of Witwatersrand; External Advisory Board: DataFirst, University of Cape Town.

Mr Jay Naidoo

Organisation: Global Alliance for improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Jay Naidoo is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) headquartered in Geneva and launched at the 2002 UN Summit on Children as a public private partnership to tackle malnutrition facing 2 billion people in the world.

Jay Naidoo sits on the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation established to promote African development through a focus on promoting good governance. He serves in an advisory capacity for a number of international organizations including the UN Broadband Commission and the UNSG`s Lead Committee on Nutrition. He is the Patron of ‘Scatterlings of Africa’ a paleontological foundation linking archaeological sites across Africa. He then served as Minister responsible for the Reconstruction and Development Program in President Mandela’s office (1994 – 1996) and as Minister of Post, Telecommunications, and Broadcasting (1996 – 1999). Naidoo was General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions from 1985 to 1993.

For his accomplishments he has gained many honors, including becoming the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honor), one of France’s highest decorations, and received the ‘Drivers for Change Award’ from the Southern African Trust and Mail & Guardian newspaper in October 2010.

His most recent awards include The Ellen Kuzwayo Award from the University of Johannesburg, awarded in November 2012 as well as an Honorary Doctorate Technology Degree in Engineering and the Built Environment from the Durban University of Technology, awarded September 2013. He writes a blog at

Dr John Nyambe

Organisation: Continuing Professional Development Unit
Topic: Supporting Teachers

Professor Jita has published many articles on Instructional Leadership, Teacher Development and change, Science and Mathematics education and has presented papers at local and international conferences. He also supervises Masters and Doctoral students in science and mathematics education, instructional leadership, teacher education and curriculum studies. He is a C-rated NRF researcher.

Dr Ursula Haadley

Organisation: School of Education, University of Cape Town
Topic: Supporting Teachers

Dr Ursula Hoadley is an Associate Professor working in the School of Education at the University of Cape Town. Her areas of research and publication lie in the sociology of education, and her work reflects a particular interest in the relation between education and social stratification, especially social class and the differential social and academic outcomes engendered through educational processes. Her work focuses on curriculum, pedagogy and schooling at the primary level.

Prof Loyiso Jita

Organisation: School of Maths, Science and Technology, University of Free State
Topic: Supporting Teachers

Professor Loyiso C Jita began his career as a teacher in Sebokeng, after graduating from Wits University in 1988. He later took up a lectureship position at the University of Zululand from where he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the USA. After completing a MA in Curriculum and Teaching, he joined the Education Policy Unit (EPU), at the University of Natal-Durban as a researcher.

While at the EPU, he coordinated the formation of the National Association of School Governing Bodies (NASGB) and also compiled, with the SANGOCO, the submission on the Violation of Educational Rights of South Africans to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). In 1999, Loyiso completed a PhD at Michigan State University (MSU) and returned to South Africa after a post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago.

He joined the University of Pretoria (UP) in 2001, where he was appointed the Director of the Joint Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (JCSMTE). Eight years later, he moved to Unisa where he was subsequently appointed the Director of the School of Education. In 2011, he became a full professor and was appointed the acting Deputy Executive Dean in the College of Human Sciences at Unisa. He left Unisa at the beginning of 2012, to join the University of the Free State as a Research Professor in the School of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology Education, where he leads two major Research and Development Projects: One on the Use of Lesson Study for Teacher Development and Change – funded by the ETDP-SETA; and another on Instructional Leadership for science and mathematics - funded by the NRF.

Mr Allison Rouse

Organisation: EdVillage
Tpoic: Supporting Teachers

Allison has worked in the field of education for over 17 years. During that time he has been employed at all levels of education from primary schools to universities, public, private and corporate entities including the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and the KIPP Foundation. In 2007, Allison began working in South Africa as an education consultant and then became the Regional/Country Director for Room to Read based in Pretoria. In 2011, he co-founded EdVillage, a global non-profit organization that supports educators and education entrepreneurs seeking to improve the quality of education made available to children from economically disadvantaged communities. Allison lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and son.

MEC Barbara Creecy

Organisation: Gauteng Department of Education
Topic: Closing Address

Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy grew up in Johannesburg where she attended the University of Witwatersrand and became involved in the student movement in the 1970s. She was part of the South African Students’ Press Union and used her journalism skills in ANC underground structures.

She became active in supporting political detainees and this led to a permanent position in the offices of apartheid defense attorney Priscilla Jana.

During the 1980s she worked at the Civic Desk of the United Democratic Front. In the early 1990s, she was part of a non-governmental organisation that specialised in organisational development of trade unions and community-based entities, where her she gained experience in adult education, community fieldwork and organisational development.

Creecy was elected to the Gauteng Legislature in 1994 and two year later was appointed Chairperson of the Social Welfare Committee. From 1999 to 2000 she was Deputy Chief Whip and in 2001 took over chairpersonship of the Education Committee.

Since 1997, she has been a member of the ANC Executive Committee of Greater Johannesburg and was the party’s National Coordinator for the 2004 elections.

She currently serves on the Provincial Executive Committee, on which she was responsible for managing the Gauteng ANC’s 2009 general election campaign. She has a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of London. In 2004, she was appointed MEC for Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture, and in 2009 was appointed MEC for Education.

Mr Sizwe Nxasana

Organisation: First Rand Limited
Topic: Talking Points

Mr. Sizwe Errol Nxasana BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA (SA), is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of FirstRand Limited the second largest banking group in South Africa by market capitalization. Sizwe graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Fort Hare in 1979. He also holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (honors) degree from the University of South Africa.

He started his career at Unilever. In 1989 he established Sizwe & Co, the first black-owned audit practice in Kwazulu Natal. In 1996 he became the founding partner of Nkonki Sizwe Ntsaluba, the first black-owned national firm of accountants and was national managing partner. SizweNtsalubaGobodo is now the 5th largest audit firm in South Africa. In 1998 he joined Telkom SA as Chief Executive Officer, a position he occupied until 2005. He was responsible for listing Telkom on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 2003. On 1 January 2006 Sizwe joined the FirstRand Banking Group as Chief Executive Officer. On 1 January 2010 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of FirstRand Ltd.

Sizwe was elected Deputy President of Business Leadership SA in January 2014 and serves as Chairman on the following foundations:
National Education Collaboration Trust
Zenex Foundation
Thuthuka Bursary Fund of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

SABEC 2014 Conference Programme

Monday, 31 March 2014

07h00 – 08h30 Early Morning Sessions
08h30 – 09h00 Break
09h00 – 10h30 Opening Plenary
10h30 – 11h00 Morning Break (Posters & Exhibitions)
11h00 – 12h30 Parallel Sessions – Abstract Driven & Sponsor Sessions
11h00 – 13h00 Skills Building Workshop
12h30 – 13h30 Lunch Break
13h30 – 14h00 "Come Together" Session – feedback from morning sessions
14h00 – 15h30 Parallel Sessions – Abstract Driven & Sponsor Sessions
15h30 – 16h00 Afternoon Break
16h00 – 17h30 Parallel Sessions – Abstract Driven & Sponsor Sessions
17h30 – 18h00 Dinner Break
18h00 – 19h30 Evening sessions
19h30 End of Day 1

Tuesday, 01 April 2014

07h00 – 08h30 Early Morning Sessions
09h00 – 10h30 Plenary Session
10h30 – 11h00 Morning break (Posters & Exhibitions)
11h00 – 12h30 Parallel Sessions – Abstract Driven & Sponsor Sessions
11h00 – 13h00 Skills Building Workshop
12h30 – 13h30 Lunch Break
13h30 – 14h00 "Come Together" Session – feedback from morning sessions
14h00 – 15h30 Parallel Sessions – Abstract Driven & Sponsor Sessions
15h30 – 16h00 Afternoon Break
16h00 – 17h30 Closing Plenary Session
17h30 End of Day 2 – Delegates depart

SABEC 2012 Conference Programme

Monday, 2 April 2012

09:00 – 10:30 Opening Plenary Session
10:30 – 11:00 Refreshment Break, and Poster / Exhibition Viewing
11:00 – 13:00 Parallel Sessions
Track 1: Session 1 Literacy & Reading
Track 2: Session 2 Management Development
Track 3: Session 3 Community Involvement
Special Track 4: Session 4 Right to Education:
Session 4 Right to Education
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break, and Poster / Exhibition Viewing
14:00 – 16:00 Parallel Sessions
Track 1: Session 5 Numeracy & Maths
Track 2: Session 6 Teacher & Professional Development
Track 3: Session 7 Health / HIV
Special Track 4: Session 8 District
16:00 – 16:30 Refreshment Break, and Poster / Exhibition Viewing
16:30 – 18:00 Plenary Session 2 - Improving literacy and numeracy
19:00 – 20:00 Sponsored Cocktail (open to all delegates)

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

09:00 – 10:30 Plenary Session 3 - Teacher development and communities of practice
10:30 – 11:00 Refreshment Break, and Poster / Exhibition Viewing
11:00 – 13:00 Parallel Sessions
Track 1: Session 9 Assessments
Track 2: Session 10 School Improvement
Track 3: Session 11 Social Barriers to Learning
Satellite Session 9 Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break, and Poster / Exhibition Viewing
14:00 – 16:00 Parallel Sessions
Track 1: Session 12 Instructional Strategies
Track 2: Session 13 Community of Practice
Track 3: Session 14 PPP
Special Track 4: Session 15 Language
16:00 – 16:30 Refreshment Break, and Poster / Exhibition Viewing
16:30 – 18:00 Plenary Session 4 - School improvement and system reform
18:30 – 20:00 Movie Night (open to all delegates)
Satellite Session 12: Foundation for Professional Development

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

07:00 – 08:30 Satellite Session: 16 National Business Initiative
09:00 – 10:30 Plenary Session 5 - Characteristics of schools that succeed in challenging environments
10:30 – 11:00 Refreshment Break, and Poster / Exhibition Viewing
11:00 – 13:00 Parallel Sessions
Track 1: Session 16 ICT
Track 2: Session 17 Community of Practice
Track 3: Session 18 Systems
Special Track 4: Session 19 Inclusive ED
13:00 – 13:30 Refreshment Break, and Poster / Exhibition Viewing
13:30 – 15:00 Closing Ceremony
15:00 Conference Ends

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