The SASDC Team
Chief Executive Officer
Gary Joseph is the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Supplier Diversity Council NPC. Prior to his appointment as SASDC CEO, Gary joined the National Business Initiative (NBI) as Director: Corporations & Linkages in October 2009. Within this role, he was overall responsible for the Corporations and Linkages component of South African International Business Linkages (SAIBL), a USAID-funded enhanced business linkage programme, implemented as a partnership between the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), ECIAfrica Consulting and the NBI. One of the core deliverables of Corporations and Linkages component of SAIBL is the establishment and operationalising of the South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC). This process, in collaboration with several leading South African Corporations, took all of 2010 to finalize with the SASDC formally incorporate in terms of section 21 of the Companies Act (1973) in January 2011.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science, a Higher Diploma in Education, as well as, a Post-graduate Diploma in Organisation and Management from the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining the NBI, Gary spent 8 years with De Beers, during which he held several roles related to SMME development, preferential procurement and supply chain management. He was instrumental in the development of the Preferential Procurement Progression Plans that were critical in the successful conversion of all of the De Beers Consolidated Mines mining licenses.
He firmly believes that the Supply Chain is a seriously under-valued, yet strategic element of any business, and in that regard needs to step up as a discipline and demonstrate its value at an integrated transactional, strategic and transformational level.
Personal Motto – “We are the change that we have been waiting for!”
Member Services Manager
As a Member Services Manager, Manoj Ramjith provides support services to both Corporate Members and Certified Suppliers. Manoj is responsible for Corporate Members in ICT, FMGG and infrastructure sectors as well as certified suppliers located in the Eastern Cape, KZN, Mpumulanga, Limpopo and Gauteng provinces. In addition, he provides functional support to the Certification Committee.
Manoj joined the team with over 18 years of experience of which 8 years was spent in senior management roles covering contracts, vendor, procurement, facilities/property management, telecommunications infrastructure build and customer relationship management. His career spans across many industries such as telecommunications, consulting and banking with players across the African continent.
Manoj is currently studying towards his MBA at Henley South Africa and has previous qualifications in Project Management and Business Administration.
Manoj chose to work for an organization that understands the plight of previously disadvantaged minorities in South Africa and shares the SASDC’s passion for promoting and advocating supplier diversity and preferential procurement. He believes he is fortunate to have this opportunity of assisting minority-owned businesses gain exposure in Corporate South Africa, thus contributing to sustainable economic growth of the country.
As a family oriented person, Manoj loves to spend time with his wife and three daughters. In his spare time he enjoys a good movie, snooker and golf.
Personal Motto: "A team is only as strong as its weakest member."
Member Services Manager
As a Member Services Manager, Sebastian Preston provides support services to both Corporate Members and Certified Suppliers. Sebastian is responsible for Corporate Members in the resources, automotive and logistics sectors as well as certified suppliers located in the Western Cape, Free State, Northern Cape, Northwest and Gauteng provinces. In addition, he provides functional support to the Capacity Building Committee.
To the SASDC he brings an array of skills and experience across different sectors and industries with expertise in Project Management, BBBEE and Procurement Consulting and Business Strategy Development.
Sebastian’s career began at the Legal Aid Board as a Paralegal and later moved to the Department of Transportation Roads where his team was responsible for the vetting and compliance of tenders and SMME development. Sebastian was also the first BBBEE Programme Manager at Africon, now Aurecon, where he assisted the implementation of their Verification Strategy and drafted the BBBEE Strategy for the company.
After Africon, Sebastian joined Edcon as the Enterprise Development Project Manager for the group, where he was responsible for the management and optimisation of their internal ED Programmes as well as managing and rolling out the very first Edcon Supplier Development Programme.
Sebastian is also the owner of two businesses called Modsebe Spares and Workshop and Dukes Services. In his spare time, Sebastian enjoys motivating youth in and around Eldorado Park to embark on the journey of Entrepreneurship.
Sibusiso MtsetfwaRelationship Development Specialist
Sibusiso Mtsetfwa is a Relationship Development Specialist at the SASDC. In his role he manages stakeholder relationships between our certified Black-Owned businesses and the Corporate members, including both the certification process and recruiting Black-Owned Businesses on to the Council. He is quite passionate about the role of the Council within the Business sector of South Africa.
Sibusiso has over 10 years of experience in General Management and Human Resources working for various companies including the Aludi Group of Companies where he gained expertise in customer service and operations management. He later joined the Mine Employees’ Pension Fund in the Trust Department where he specialized in Consulting, Communication and Section 37c Death Investigations. Within this company he was a member of both the Employment Equity and Sub-Claims committees.
In addition, Sibusio is one of the Founding Directors of Sibukhu Investigations and Tracing Services, a specialist consulting company servicing the Retirement Fund Industry specializing in investigative and tracing services.
Sibusiso holds a BA in Applied Psychology from Bond University and is currently pursuing his MBA through Regent Business School. His hobbies include travelling, reading and watching movies.
Communications and Business Strategy Adviser
Shalane Yuen is a Communications and Business Strategy Adviser for the SASDC. Shalane is a recent MPA graduate in International Nonprofit and Public Management and Policy from New York University and also holds Bachelors degrees in Economics and Sociology. To SASDC she brings experience conducting research and impact assessments in countries across the African continent including Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa.
The first time she visited South Africa Shalane found herself in the Western Cape assessing the impact of black economic empowerment legislation and Fair Trade certification on the South African agricultural sector as an Ambassador for FairTrade USA by conducting interviews with farmers and workers of Fair Trade certified producer organizations. This time Shalane has returned to South Africa to apply her BEE knowledge and passion for facilitating partnerships and collaboration across sectors to the SASDC.
In September 2013 Shalane joined the SASDC team with enthusiasm. She looks forward to engaging in dialogue with corporate members and black-owned suppliers, incorporating their input into developing innovative strategies that maximize the value of SASDC certification and membership. By enhancing SASDC’s brand awareness through targeted communication utilizing social media platforms and stimulating exchanged conversation between all stakeholders, Shalane intends to create a community environment conducive for increased business linkages.
Thato Ntshona is a Communications Assistant for the SASDC. Thato is a recent BA Honours graduate in Strategic Communications, and also holds an under graduate degree in Marketing and Communications. Prior to her appointment at the SASDC, Thato worked as a Marketing Research Assistant at an Enterprise Development Specialists SME. Currently studying a short-course in Social Media Marketing, Thato brings youthfulness and enthusiasm in copywriting and social media management towards the e-Communications Strategy of the SASDC.
Thato has a passion for communication facilitation and solution creation and looks to pursue a Master’s Degree in Organisational Communication in the near future. Thato describes her interests as being diverse but emphasises wanderlust as a denominating encourager for her hard work. She hopes to be successful enough to afford herself the opportunity to explore the world at large and learn about different cultures in order to have a worldview perspective of life.