New IPM president elected

2011-11-02 00:00

A WELL-KNOWN Pietermaritzburg human resources executive and business leader holds skills development and partnerships with the government and tertiary education institutions at the top of his agenda following his inauguration last night as the president of the Institute of People Management (IPM).

Raj Seeparsad, who is the human resources manager at GUD Holdings Pty Ltd and a director at the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business, told The Witness that the process to be elected as president of the national institution was a long one, lasting about three months.

“I am very excited and honoured. Very senior people such as past presidents of the IPM, like Mpho Makwana and African Federation president Titeso Tsukudo backed my nomination. It was a very gruelling process, including three months of motivations, submissions and nominations.”

Seeparsad is a decorated HR executive who earlier this year was honoured with an award at the 2010/11 World Human Resource Development Congress in Mumbai, India. He received the Global HR Leadership Award at the conference.

“I have a very strong board with key vice-presidents. Our aim is to take the IPM to greater heights. In our discussion with Minister of Higher Education Dr Blade Nzimande, we agreed that it is critical for companies to partner with the government to accelerate skills development in South Africa, particularly when it comes to critical skills,” he said.

“Employers must come on board to take on learners through partnerships with tertiary institutions.”

Seeparsad, who is a fellow of the institute, has been active in the HR field for the past 32 years and has participated in IPM structures for the past 28 years.

He has held various IPM portfolios and roles, including the Midlands Committee member, branch chair of the Midlands, regional chair in KZN, vice-president of IPM national branches, vice-president of IPM national stakeholder relations and advisor to the IPM board.

He also thanked GUD Holdings for their support in his IPM endeavours.

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