Mrs O’hara Ngoma-Diseko

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Commissioner Ngoma-Diseko is a full time Commissioner at the CGE and she sits on the Finance and Fundraising, Legal and Complaints, Human Resources and Good Governance Committees of the CGE. She holds a BA (UNISA), Master of Education (Wits), Master of Public Administration (University of Pretoria), a Higher Education Diploma (UNISA), a Higher Diploma for the Educators of Adults (Wits) and a Senior Executive Programme certificate (Harvard/Wits).

She is a teacher by profession, and her interest in education evolved from school to adult education with an interest in learning for transformation and empowerment. This passion evolved over many years of activism in the struggle for liberation, as a teacher, a community worker and an organiser for the Federation of Transvaal Women (FEDTRAW).

She has worked with women in several communities, trade unions and the church. Her work involved organising and coordinating women’s development projects like early childhood development, income generation and women’s health focusing on cervical cancer. Following the democratic elections, Commissioner Ngoma-Diseko worked as a civil servant since 1996 as one of the first senior managers employed in the first Department of Public Service and Administration to drive the rationalization and creation of a single public service. During her tenure as a public servant, she served as Chief Director for Conditions of Service and Chief Director for Human Resource Development and finally as Deputy Director General for Corporate Services. Her experience in this regard involved legislative reform, policy making, training and education for the new public service.

In her post-civil service work, she went back to her origins, engaging with women’s and children’s issues at an advisory and grassroots level. Commissioner Ngoma-Diseko was once the Special Advisor to Minister Shabangu and served on the Board of Malibongwe Women’s Development Organisation and Basadi Ba Kopane. In her role as a public speaker, Commissioner Ngoma-Diseko has addressed audiences in South Africa and Namibia on the women’s struggle and gender equality.

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