ADVERSITY SHAPED MY CHARACTER

By Kgomotso Sethusha

Nothing quite moulds a person’s character like adversity. As someone who grew up in the village, the new SAIGA Education Training and Development (ETD) manager, Sello Malatsi, is all too familiar with overcoming adversity, having had to cross rivers to get to school.

Growing up in Makotaseng, a village in Greater Tubatse, it wasn’t hard for Malatsi to quickly understand the need for education in achieving prosperity and success in life.

“As someone who grew up in a village without power and telephone network connectivity until as recently as 2014, I knew that education could change the course of my life,” said Malatsi.

“I had to cross a river to go to school, throughout my high school years, and education was the only way to escape the village life.

“It is for this reason that I have dedicated my professional life to skills development as a catalyst for lowering young unemployment, spurring economic growth, equating socioeconomic disparities, and encouraging entrepreneurship.”

Malatsi has a B Tech in Economics from the Tshwane University of Technology as well as a post-graduate diploma in business administration from the Wits Business School.

He has worked for both the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the Financial and Accounting Services Seta, giving him more than 10 years of professional expertise in the field of skill development (FASSET).

He finished the Assessor and Moderator courses to acquire the necessary skill set for his new position as he was getting ready to join SAIGA.

As a member of SAIGA, Sello has the potential to promote and advance public sector professionals’ ethical standards while also upskilling the country. Sello is passionate about South Africa and believes that everyone can contribute to improving the country.

Malatsi enjoys running, hiking, and going for long walks.

But he maintains the craziest thing he’s ever done was spending two months in the mountains going through the customary rite of passage to manhood.

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Issued  by the Southern African Institute of Government Auditors.

For further information, please contact:

Kgomotso Sethusha
Researcher
012 004 0741
researcher@saiga.co.za

About the Southern African Institute of Government Auditors

The Southern African Institute of Government Auditors is a non-profit professional body that serve the public interest. Since its inception in 1988, the role and functions of SAIGA has been to serve the public sector and society by advancing public accountability and auditing in its widest sense. As a professional body, SAIGA  represents a unique brand of professionals, the Registered Government Auditors (RGA) in the public sector  and in academia. The RGA is considered the highest professional designation within the public sector auditing.  Visit: www.saiga.co.za for more information.