On 10 January 2017 Free State Premier Mr. Ace Magashule took a decision in terms of the Public Service Act to appoint a new Head of Department for the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation. Mr. Ramathe Stanley Malope was announced as the new HOD for the Department and MEC Mathabo Leeto has warmly welcomed the new HOD on behalf of all staff and stakeholders in the Department. MEC Leeto also congratulated the former HOD Advocate Tsoarelo Malakoane for his services to the Department and wished him well in his new role as HOD for the Department of Education.
Born in Tumahole, Parys, Mr. Malope brings with him vast knowledge and expertise to ensure that the Department soars to greater heights in its quest to champion social cohesion and transformation.
Mr. Malope is a seasoned public servant and has previously served as the Superintendent-General for Education in the Free State. He also obtained a number of educational qualifications such as Secondary Teacher’s Diploma from Mphohadi College of Education in 1986, Further Education Diploma in Education Guidance from RAU College in 1996, B.Ed (Honours) from the Rand Afrikaanse Universiteit (RAU) in 1999. Additionally, he obtained a Human Resource Management Diploma from Business Management Training in 2002.
Mr. Malope has completed various certificates with a variety of institutions to enhance his skills in a number of competencies ranging from Project Management, Finacial Management, to Human Resource Management. From 1987 to 1996, Malope taught at Phehellang Senior Secondary School.
He also served the same school as Head of Department for Social Sciences. From 1990 to 1996, he served as the Acting Principal for Tumahole Adult Centre. Malope also served the Fezile Dabi Education District in various capacities from 1996 to 2001; being a Teacher Development and Appraisal (TDA) Officer from 1996 to 1999.
In 2000, he was appointed as a School Management Developer (SMD) in the same District. From 2001 to 2006 Malope served as a Whole School Evaluation Supervisor at Head Office in Bloemfontein. From January 2007 to September 2008, he was the Deputy Director for Human Resources: Supervision and Management at the Fezile Dabi Education District.
In October 2008, he was appointed by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as Corporate Human Resource Manager at PACOFS – a position which he held until 31 May 2009.Malope has also served in various capacities in other education structures, namely, as a founding member and secretary of the Tumahole Education Forum (TEF) in 1990, a convenor of the NEECC (National Education Coordinator Committee) Parys Branch in 1993, an EXCO Member of Phehellang Senior Secondary PTSA in 1995, and a member of the Fezile Dabi Education District Principals’ Council in 2007.
From 1996 to 2000 and 2007 to 2008, he was appointed a Member of the Business-Education Partnership, and a council member of the Flavius Mareka FET College from 2007 to 2009. Malope has served the ANC as a branch secretary in Parys from 1993 to 1995, a member of the ANC Northern Free State Region Education Desk from 1996 to 1998, and as a founding member and secretary of the Helen Joseph ANC Branch from 2000 to 2002.
Malope was a founding member of the then Vaal Progressive Teachers’ Organisation (VAPTO), in which he served as a branch secretary. He later served as the Chairperson for the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) Parys Branch from 1991 to 1996.
“As a department, we all look forward to establishing cordial working relations with the new HOD and to draw lessons from him as he is expected to provide strategic leadership within the department especially on an administrative level. Undoubtedly, he is a competent individual who is committed to any task that is put before him hence his track record speaks volumes” said MEC Mathabo Leeto.