19 July 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Economy and Enterprise Development gets new HOD

by: Dumisa Seshabela   date: 25 May 2018

Lufuno Tshikovhi is the new Head of Department (HoD) for Economy and Enterprise Development. He assumed his new responsibility on the  1st  of May 2018.

Tshikovhi hails from the Limpopo province and is no stranger to the public service. He comes to Bokone Bophirima province with extensive knowledge of the public sector and has worked at various spheres of government. He has been a role player in the economic and enterprise development field for more than 17 years.

Before joining the Department of Economy and Enterprise Development, Tshikovhi worked for the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality as an Executive Director for Business Support Operations Division under Economic Development and Spatial Planning Department. He was responsible for creating enabling environment to develop and support small, medium and micro enterprises, co-operatives and informal traders. 

His responsibility entailed providing leadership, facilitating strategic partnerships, facilitating market access and finance, economic infrastructure, incubation of enterprises, skills development and information dissemination, and ensuring business compliance in order to achieve broader economic participation and sustainable jobs, and to ultimately ensure the viability of enterprises in Tshwane.

He also worked for the Limpopo Department of Education, Mpumalanga Provincial Treasury, National Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, Department of Trade and Industry and National Department of Social Development.

Coupled with his considerable experience in the public sector, Tshikovhi holds  a degree with majors in Economics and Business Economics and an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Venda. He also holds a Municipal Finance Programme Certificate from University of Pretoria, Research Methodology Certificate from Wits University and Executive Excellence Leadership Programme Certificate from Gordon Institute of Business Science (University of Pretoria). 

When introduced to staff members early this month, Tshikovhi shared his priorities for the department, which include striving to achieve the mission and realising the vision of the department which are tributary to improving the quality of life and the economy of Bokone Bophirima. He committed himself to governance that would balance service delivery and clean audits. 

“The role of the department is significant to inclusive economic growth of the province. Your skill and role are also important in taking this province forward and you should never undermine yourselves,” said Tshikovhi.
    
He thanked the staff and management for the warm welcome, while encouraging team work, hard work and full participation. 

Tshikovhi said he was looking forward to being part of the team which he was confident would take the department to greater heights.