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Senzo Hlophe

Senzo Hlophe

Portfolio Manager at The DG Murray Trust


Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born 12-07-1991 in Cape Town South Africa

In the business of changing the narrative about us, the young change agents of this beloved country of ours.

Contact details

hlophe.senzo@gmail.com

M: 084 576 2461


Web presence

Business Address

Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa


Professional details

Current Position(s)

Portfolio Manager | Programmes Management Team | The DG Murray Trust
Cape Town, South Africa | July 2015 - present

Social Development and Community Services

Developing and advocating for the proactive strategies of the portfolio. Managing the grant process for grant applications under my portfolio. Developing and maintaining relationship with key partners.


Previous Position(s)

Junior Researcher | Social Development and ECD | City of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa | February 2015 - June 2015

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Responsible for developing, implementing and managing the community profiling research project. Managed more than 50 personnel and designed operational systems and oversaw a profiling of more than 30 communities by the time I left the City.


Internship | Human and Social Dynamics | National Research Foundation
Cape Town, South Africa | February 2014 - January 2015

Academia, Education and Training

The internship is based at the University of Cape Town.
Responsibilities involve day to day running of the writing hub and mentor-ship programme.

Further develop support mechanisms for extended degree programme students in ensuring that they adapt and cope in a new complex environment.


Chairperson | Humanities Faculty | Postgraduate Humanities Students' Council
Cape Town, South Africa | March 2014 - January 2015

Academia, Education and Training

Representing the Humanities postgraduate students' views in the Faculty board, Dean's Advisory Committee and the Student Assembly.

Lead and inspire council members, develop and execute strategic plans with my team and support the council members in whatever projects they want to pursue to fulfill their portfolio responsibilities.


Election Officer | Department of Student Affairs | University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa | July 2013 - September 2013

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Extension of the Chief Electoral Officer. In charge of the ensuring that UCT SRC and Faculty Council elections run smoothly and that they are free and fair.

I am responsible for logistics from planning to declaration of final results by the Election Commission.


Vice-President | Education | Shawco
Cape Town, South Africa | October 2012 - October 2013

Social Development and Community Services

Pro-actively identify strategic and operational issues and develop frameworks and processes through which they can be addressed. Manage Leadership recruitment and handover processes. Manage Steering committee and a group of project leaders. Also represent SHAWCO externally.


Chairperson | Student Housing (The Woolsack Residence) | University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa | October 2012 - March 2013

Academia, Education and Training

Head a task team, that is mandated to restructure the governing structures of the Woolsack residence. The new structure must be more democratic and closer to the residents and promote integration and participation of the residents. Will also manage a committee of seven portfolio holders and work hand in hand with the Warden and student housing department.


Treasurer | UCT, Student Housing & Residence Life | Second-Tier Residence Council
Cape Town, South Africa | October 2012 - March 2013

Academia, Education and Training

In charge of the budget and monitoring of transactions of the council and also serve as an advisor to issues of concerned that face senior residences across University Residences. The council is consist of Chairpersons/Head-Students of various residences and members of staff and SRC.


Project Manager | Education Sector | Shawco
Cape Town, South Africa | October 2011 - September 2012

Social Development and Community Services

Oversee a committee of seven portfolio holders. Facilitate and coordinator between steering committee and SMART project. Responsible to chair weekly meetings and to ensure smooth operations for the project.


Oversight Committee Chairman | Education Sector | SHAWCO: Saturday School
Cape Town, South Africa | 2011 - 2011

Social Development and Community Services

Oversee a committee and representing SMART project interests.

Educational history

Secondary

Nobamba High School, Port Shepstone, South Africa (2009)

Tertiary

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | February 2014 - present

Masters of Philosophy - Public Policy & Administration

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | February 2013 - November 2013

Honors Degree - Public Policy and Administration

Wrote a paper on NHI. The paper was more of a chronological assessment of the development of NHI from 2002 to 2013.

Topic: How Have Stakeholders' Interests Shaped the National Health Insurance in South Africa?

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Cape Town, South Africa | 2010 - 2012

Bachelor of Social Sciences - Public Policy and Administration and Political Studies

Engaging on public policy analysis and different perspectives on policy formulation to implementation. Also the issue of politics-administration dichotomy effects on decision making, to name the few.

Achievements

Awards

Best Overall Perfomance | 2009

Dux for 2009 Nobamba High School

media exposure

News24 | 2015

Contributor the news24 online news channel.

South Coast Fever | 2011

Seeking funds to USA

Academic Achievements

Bachelor of Social Sciences degree | 2012

in Political Studies and Public Policy and Administration

Best Overall Perfomance | 2009

On my grade 12 I was awarded best performance award

Activities

Memberships

AIESEC

Active Member, 2012 - 2012

The project brings innovation and entrepreneurship into focus.

SHAWCO

Project Leader, November 2011 - October 2012

Tutoring and mentoring grade 10 and 11 in maths, science, accounting and career guidance, learners from Khayelitsha

community

WannaBe@Humanities

Mentor, 2011 - November 2013

Mentoring grade 12s from Cape Town Metropolitan High Schools who have a potential to further their studies to higher education learning institutions

Other Activities

Global Citizenship Programme

Student, 2011 - 2012

providing students with an opportunity to engage critically with contemporary global debates and to reflect on issues of citizenship and social justice. While voluntary and not credit-bearing at this stage, one aspect of it – a short course on Service, citizenship and social justice - can be recognized on students' academic transcript as a UCT Short Course.

UNASA-UCT

MUN Delegate, 2011 - 2011

The UCT campus chapter focuses primarily on the Millennium Development Goals - both directly, and by raising awareness amongst students (for instance by bringing UN representatives to campus).

Testimonials

Adriaan Joubert

"He is good at managing people. He was capable of getting our team to perform tasks that weren't always popular and sometimes needed to be done on short notice or over weekends or holidays. What helped was that he was sensitive to people's strengths and preferences, so he would get the person most suited for the task at hand to complete the job.
* He is tolerant of new ideas. I recall our project joining a cloud-based collaboration platform which was being introduced into the wider organisation at the time, which worked out well for us. Initiatives which were abandoned provided valuable experiences that allowed us to better understand the nature of our work and the people we were dealing with, and the fact that he allowed people to try out new ideas boosted morale.
* Senzo strives for improvement. He always considered better ways of doing old things and increasing the quality of work. He helped his team members unlock potential within themselves. And of course, he is constantly searching for new opportunities to lead and to make a difference
" - 2014

Baveena Nathoo (SHAWCO President)

""Senzo has been innovative and worked well within his team as well as executed his duties efficiently and in a timely manner. Senzo has good communication and has great leadership potential." (2012)" - 2012

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