Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council

Changes in the ECSECC Board of Directors

Published: September 19, 2023

At the Annual General Meeting held on 31 August 2023, the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council (ECSECC) welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors. The new members are Ms. Thobile Buthelezi, who replaces Mr. Mbulelo Sogoni as the representative of government and Chairperson of the Board, and Mr. Zolani Ndlela from the organised labour constituency, who replaces the late Mr. Tabile Kunene. 

ECSECC also wishes to announce the departure of two board members, Mr. Phumzile Ndendela from NAFCOC and Ms. Denise van Huyssteen from the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. 

About the new board chairperson

Ms. Thobile Buthelezi has 32 years of cumulative work knowledge and experience spent in the banking business sector, governmental strategic development, management, and monitoring as well as policy analysis, development, implementation, and review processes roles. She is Acting Chief Director for Policy Coordination and Advisory Service in the Office of the Premier where she oversees Infrastructure & Budget Support: Economy Trade and Investments and Social Protection and Human Capital development. In this role, she has been exposed to the launch of both the Provincial Investment Council and Provincial Infrastructure Coordinating Committee. 

She has been a Board Member of the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) through which she served in various committees including but not limited to; Finance & Investment Committee and Governance & Nominations Sub-Committee and as Chairperson of the Human Resource Remuneration & Social/Ethics Committee. Her leadership capabilities and stellar experience in governance make her a  valuable asset to the Board of Directors at ECSECC.

About Mr. Zolani Ndlela

Mr. Zolani Ndlela is the current chairperson of both the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Eastern Cape. He is also the Divisional Council Chairperson of the South African Local Bargaining Council. He has a community involvement career spanning over 25 years. 

Mr. Ndlela cut his teeth in the labour movement 19 years ago when he was appointed SAMWU BCMM Shop steward. He holds a Batchelor of Administration Degree, Certificate in Municipal Finance Management, Diploma in Public Management and is studying towards his Honours Degree in the same field. 

Message from the outgoing Board Chairperson 

In his farewell speech outgoing ECSECC Board Chairperson Mr. Mbulelo Sogoni said he leaves a robust Board that has been consistent in providing good governance at ECSECC. It was this good governance he said that has ensured that ECSECC achieves 11 consecutive clean audit opinions. Mr. Sogoni also reflected on the unwavering support given to six Administrations of government by the ECSECC Board and encouraged the 29th year incoming Board members to continue doing the same. "Those who are joining ECSECC Board for the first time you have a duty to unlearn what you might have thought of what ECSECC is, learn and relearn from this collective experience," Mr. Sogoni said.

Mr. Sogoni thanked the outgoing Board Members for having served ECSECC with "commitment, diligence, dedication, and integrity." "Collectively you have been good stewards of this first ever Social Compact (compacting Government, Business, Labour, Civil Society, Organised Local Government, and Higher Education) of the Eastern Cape Province," he said.

Mr. Zolile Tini, Mr. Sonwabo Gqegqe, Mr. Luthando Jack, Mr. Khulile Jacobs, Dr. Nangamso Nombekela-Madiba, Mr. Humphrey Maxegwana, Mr. Mkhawuleli Maleki, Ms. Lizelle Maurice, Professor Munacinga Simatele and Mr. Daluthando Xotyeni were all confirmed and remain ECSECC Board Members.

"To those Board members whose constituencies have nominated you back to serve another year your is to continue with the good work, take ECSECC to higher levels of its maturity," Mr Sogoni said. 

You can view all our Board members here


ECSECC works to advise and assist the Eastern Cape provincial government in achieving an integrated development strategy for the province and its constituent regions to address the economic development of the province, particularly the needs of deprived communities and underdeveloped areas. The organisation achieves this by facilitating and coordinating the implementation of development programmes between all key stakeholders in the province; facilitate development by providing an avenue for formal inputs into the policy-making process of government; support government in advancing efficient service delivery; empower communities and grassroots structures of civil society to engage in development; and to assist the Provincial Government in developing policies and strategies to facilitate the growth of the provincial economy.

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