A fourth Masters Degree is evidence that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Chief-of-Staff in the Office of the Executive Mayor, Mr Bheza Ntshona, leads by example when it comes to continuous self-improvement through education.
Executive Mayor Benson Fihla, affectionately known as Oom Ben, congratulated Ntshona, for achieving his fifth post graduate qualification which pushed up his tally of degrees to seven. He Masters Degree in information System and Knowledge Management will be conferred at the Stellenbosch University tomorrow (Wednesday, 23 April) at 5pm.
“This is an outstanding accomplishment and deserves appreciation and admiration as Ntshona is continuously working hard towards improving his academic achievements. He is undoubtedly a very valuable resource for the municipality and we would like to encourage him to continue inspiring fellow municipal employees and the public at large to reach for higher heights,” Oom Ben said.
Ntshona received a Masters Degree in Development Studies from the Free State University last year.
“I am no longer excited about graduation ceremonies as I attended quite a number of them as you can imagine, but the value of another academic qualification is immeasurable and very useful in my day-to-day activities as a municipal official,” he added.
Mr Bheza Ntshona matriculated at Cowan High School and enrolled at the University of the Western Cape where he obtained a BA Degree and after that obtained a B-Tech Degree in Human Resources Management as well as a Diploma in Labour Law at the Graduate Institute for Management and Training.
Ntshona, a former Chairperson of the South African Local Government Bargaining Council, obtained his first Masters Degree in Public Administration and Management from the former University of Port Elizabeth. He also obtained a Masters Degree from the Free State University in Governance and Political Transformation.
Ntshona played many leadership roles as he served in the ANC Youth League as Regional Deputy Chairperson, Regional Chairperson, Provincial Secretary and was also a National Executive Committee Member of the ANC Youth League. He also served in the ANC Provincial Executive Committee and was elected as the Western Region Secretary to the mother body of the political party and became the Deputy Secretary of the Nelson Mandela Region.
Ntshona was elected as a Councillor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and served with distinction as the Portfolio Chairperson of Human Resources and later as Portfolio Chairperson for Budget and Treasury.
He further served as the Chairperson of the South African Local Government Bargaining Council, the Salga Finance Committee as well as on the Salga Human Resources Working Group provincially and nationally. He was also the Salga Job Evaluation or Moderation Commission Chairperson and is currently the Chief of the Staff of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Mayoral Office.
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