Sibongile is the Executive Director of Sisata and has more than 20 years of progressive and solid management experience in socio-economic development. She is also equipped with professional experience in Local Economic Development (LED), Strategy Development; Primary Research; Enterprise Development (ED); Fundraising and Social Innovation; Stakeholder Management, Institutional & Social Development (ISD)/ Social Facilitation; Skills Development Facilitation (SDF)& Mentorship.
She has extensive private, public and NGO sectors experience in executive and leadership roles and has served as Non-executive director on various boards. She is a recipient of the Border Chamber of Business Award for her outstanding work in Skills Development & Training.
As a seasoned project manager and enterprise development specialist, she has successfully implemented various projects & programmes including ISD facilitation for water & sanitation, Industrial Park Revitalisation, EPWP Community Works Programme, International Labour Organisation (ILO) funded programmes, Transnet funded Rural Enterprise Development Support (REDS) programme, USAID funded South African International Business Linkages (SAIBL), Tourism Enterprise Programme (TEP) funded by Business Trust & National Department of Tourism. Furthermore, Sibongile helped to establish a Rural Development Agency backed by PwC through which she successfully raised funds, established linkages between rural communities, government and the private sector, for the implementation of high value agricultural programmes within the Macadamia Nut Farming & Wool Production Industries, programmes currently implemented within the Eastern Cape through private sector partners, government and Traditional Councils led agriculture co-operatives participation with youth & women involvement.
Mazonet (Pty) Ltd t/a Sisata is a 100% woman-owned socio-economic development consulting company with Level 1 B-BBEE contributor status, that was established in 2006 to service the diverse needs of the South African community of the private sector, government and NGOs in their quest to contribute towards improved quality of business performance, socio-economic development and relevant skills offering.
Sisata specializes in Enterprise Development (ED), Social Economic Development (SED), Institutional and Social Development (ISD)/Social Facilitation, Star Grading Assessments, and Skills Development Facilitation (SDF) and is an accredited Skills Development Provider with the Services Seta for New Venture Creation (SMME) NQF Level 2 and New Venture Creation (NVC) NQF Level 4. Sisata provides these services to Corporate, Government, SOE, NGO and Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) clients.
We do this by designing and implementing successful, effective programmes that support the growth of businesses and community-based organisations, especially those that are rurally based, youth-focused and female-owned. We implement much needed change in an effective and professional manner. Sisata has played a very important role in capacity building of various SMMEs, providing Development Support Services (training, consultancy, marketing, business linkage promotion and mentorship) and linked them to value chain opportunities of multi-national companies which led to their increased competitiveness. We supply stationery with our training services.