The Secretary General

The PMAESA Board appointed Ms. Nozipho Mdawe as Secretary General to lead the PMAESA Secretariat effective July 2015.

She joins PMAESA with a wealth of experience from South Africa's giant freight logistic chain - Transnet Freight Rail (TFR).

Prior to her appointment Ms Mdawe was the General Manager for the Mineral Mining and Chrome Business Unit (GM MMC BU) at TFR. She has served Transnet in Operations and Human Resource over many years in various senior management positions, including the Business Unit Executive at Transnet Port terminals where she got the Leadership Award for the transformation of two diverse terminals.

She was promoted to the position of GM MMC BU in March 2012 where she was tasked with the responsibility to start and lead a new business unit. Achievements in the Unit under her leadership include amongst others, the Chief Executive Award in 2013 for efficiency improvement through the successful implementation of cost containment initiatives through the Lean Six Sigma Methodology.

Ms Mdawe is credited with piloting the Transnet Value Chain Co-ordinator Concept in 2013 which was subsequently adopted by the Transnet Group for a number of key corridors. She will be the eighth PMAESA Secretary General since the Association's inception in 1973 and was appointed to her new post during a special PMAESA Council Meeting held in Windhoek Namibia on May 9th, 2015.

Ms Mdawe is a doctoral student at South Africa's Gordon Institute of Business Science, she holds an MBA (2004) from the same institution and has since done courses on Global Executive Development Program; Advanced Strategic Management Program IRSMI Management Development Program at the University of France between 2008 and 2009 and a course in Finance for Non-Finance Program from Witwatersrand Business School in 2007.

She has previously been involved in developing freight transport operational strategy with an aim of growing the business, improved efficiency and overall minimise the cost of running business. Her focus has always been reducing the transportation cost within the supply chain. Ms Mdawe's doctoral studies focuses on such quandary by influencing policy development across the value chain including growth in Africa in pursuit for Regional Integration – having worked closely with Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique logistics operators and government.

Ms Nozipho Mdawe
Ms Nozipho Mdawe