Thulisile Manzini appointed as Brand SA acting CEO

Thulisile's appointment comes amid a number of organisational challenges that the company recently faced.

Brand South Africa has appointed Thulisile Manzini as acting CEO with immediate effect.

Thulisile’s appointment comes amid a number of organisational challenges that the company recently faced. 

Among these challenges is the suspension of Dr Kingsley Makhubela as CEO, due to a number of charges currently being pursued through a disciplinary process. 

According to a press release Thulisile is a multifaceted executive leader with more than 20 years’ experience in the public service, having held various roles in the South African government. 

About her appointment, Thulisile said: 

“Brand South Africa’s mandate is to ensure that South Africa is positively positioned, domestically and internationally. That mandate does not change. Importantly, we want to get South Africans excited again about our nation brand. Increased levels of pride and patriotism amongst South Africans are of utmost importance. I am humbled to be a part of the vision, to be a nation brand that inspires its people and is admired globally.”

Prior to her appointment at Brand SA, Thulisile was the deputy director-general for governance and administration at the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS). She has served on a number of committees within the DTPS.

Her other senior and executive management roles include acting as director general, COO, chief of staff, chief director of corporate services at the Department of Public Service and Administration and head of corporate services at the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (MISA)

Brand SA chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama said: 

“We believe that Ms Manzini is the right person to drive the organisation forward during this period. Her experience has more than prepared her to fulfil this role with excellence, we are confident that she will propel the many strategic initiatives that Brand South Africa undertakes, to inspire and unify our stakeholders, partners and employees, to continue the work of building the reputation of South Africa, so as to contribute to its global competitiveness.”