Sizwe Timothy Phakathi (Executive Director)
Mr Sizwe Timothy Phakathi is currently completing his PhD in Sociology with the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. His doctoral research focuses on workplace restructuring and the working lives of mineworkers in the contemporary South African gold mining industry. He holds a BA (Sociology and Psychology), BA (Honours) in Industrial Sociology and an MA (Industrial Sociology) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Before studying at Oxford, Sizwe worked as a senior researcher in the erstwhile Economic and Employment Policy Research (EEPR) programme, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), at the Centre for HIV/Aids Networking (HIVAN) at the University of KwaZulu Natal and at the Sociology of Work Unit (SWOP) at the University of Witwatersrand.
More recently Sizwe worked as a labour and management research consultant in major South African gold, coal and platinum mines. In 2008, Sizwe was involved in the human performance aspects of a mine safety study looking at the management of rock-related (seismicity and rockburst) accidents and fatalities. On an academic level he has authored and co-authored a number of research reports, journal articles, monographs and book chapters as well as presented at various conferences. Sizwe’s areas of research interest include: workplace restructuring, industrial relations, human resources management, employee training and development, teaching, HIV/Aids in the workplace, monitoring and evaluation, socio-economic and policy-oriented research. Sizwe is a founding shareholder of Stratfield Performance Consulting.
The other executive of the company are:
Rod Charlton – Managing Director
Graham du Plessis – Principal Consultant