Local HR executive wins global award

2011-03-02 00:00

A WELL-KNOWN human resources executive and business leader in Pietermaritzburg has been honoured with an award at the 2010/11 World Human Resource Development Congress in Mumbai, India.

The vice president of stakeholder relations at the Institute of People Management (IPM), Raj Seeparsad, received the Global HR Leadership Award at the conference, which was attended by about 1 000 delegates from 89 countries.

Seeparsad, who is the human resources manager at GUD Holdings and a director at the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business , also chaired a session on the future of HR at the conference.

He told The Witness that attending the conference was an exhilarating experience, and said he is deeply honoured to have received an award on a global platform.

The conference organisers and judges identified his leadership qualities after some of them had visited South Africa last year for the IPM’s national conference in Sun City.

“The HR issues affect everyone globally and the patterns are similar. The only difference between our country and the global village, in terms of HR, is the employment equity and broad-based black economic empowerment legislation, which other countries don’t have.

“The common thread is that HR must be taken seriously and must become a business partner like other disciplines. People issues are significant for any organisation and that can make or break your bottom line,” he said.

Seeparsad’s involvement with IPM spans 26 years, an organisation he has served with passion and enthusiasm, the institute said.

The IPM Durban coastal branch said it is “delighted that Raj has received this well-deserved accolade and is proud that he represented the organisation and South Africa at this important international event”.

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