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Thandi Chaane

Thandi Chaane is the CEO of Siyakha Consulting.  Prior to her role at Siyakha Thandi was the CEO of Eva Solutions, the first black owned female management consulting firm. EVA, under the leadership of Thandi, was involved in several Government departments and facilitated the strategy formulation of the Public Service Commission.

Thandi is personally involved with Interventions that include conflict handling, change management, diversity management, and motivational speaking. She has extensive experience in training, facilitation, mediation, project management, change management and business management.

Prior to her work with Eva Solutions, Thandi became the first woman Deputy Director General of the Gauteng Education Department.

Her passion lies in a fully diversified South Africa and she devotes much of her time to work on diversity issues. Recent Diversity Management programmes run by Thandi at Siyakha Consulting include one for Transnet Freight and the multinational company SunGard. 

In her own capacity prior to her appointment as CEO of Siyakha Consulting Thandi Chaane has recently worked on Managing the Diversity Programme for the SANDF Soldiers mobilising  into Burundi, and working with the South African Reserve Bank to manage perceptions of Africa as a continental entity and to encourage the Reserve Bank to view itself as a continental bank. In addition she is registered as a Diversity Management Specialist and is affiliated to the diversity association of the World. 

Dionne Kerr

Founder and Director of Siyakha Consulting, Dionne Kerr has worked as a management consultant focusing on providing solutions to the private and public sectors in performance, productivity and people management since 1999. She is the Chairperson of the National Association of BEE Consultants (NABC).

She has advised companies on issues around Black Economic Empowerment (BEE), human resources, job creation programmes and organisational development for the past 10 years, and has developed BEE strategies for South African and global companies across several industries. Dionne has also engaged with a number of trade missions from all over the world on issues around investment in South Africa.

An avid believer in community development, Dionne's passion lies in Rural and Economic development and she remains actively involved in entrepreneurial development, community development, job creation, disability support programmes and youth development. She is a past recipient of the DIVA Africa award for her involvement in SMME development. 

Kate Shead

Kate Shead is a highly experienced Human Resources practitioner who has worked within the HR industry for over 20 years. Having a particular interest in the 'human element', she made a decision early in her career to move from general management to Human Resources. Kate's career has included her participation in the roll-out of new businesses on the African continent, where she was the primary HR resource responsible for the planning and implementation of all HR related business.  

More recently, with Siyakha Consulting, Kate has focused on how to support businesses in achieving successful transformation. Her extensive experience in this field has honed her expertise in devising, developing and implementing Best People Practice policies and procedures.

Kate believes in the phrase "it makes sense" (and cents) to look after employees, who can only be expected to produce their best if the basic motivational factors are satisfied.'  She works with organisations across industry sectors to ensure effective implementation of HR Strategy, Organisational Development ,Manpower Planning, Skills Development, Employment Equity, Leadership Development ,Recruitment and Selection, Industrial Relations, Performance Management, Career Management and Succession Planning, Remuneration and Benefits, Communication Planning, Organising and Implementation, Programme Management (running multiple projects simultaneously), Budget forecast and Management and Facilitation.