The Madibeng municipality’s Enterprise risk Manager, has won the prestigious Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) Risk Manager of the Year award.
Yvonne Mothibi has spent the last five years as the municipality’s Enterprise Risk Manager, focusing on risk management, good governance, organisational integrity and ethics. Yvonne pioneered the establishment of the Governance Risk and Compliance unit within the municipality, and also championed the processes of assisting other similar municipalities in the province of North West to also set up governance and risk management units and processes.
Yvonne boasts a postgraduate Diploma in Risk Management, BCompt Degree in Accounting Sciences and was chosen as top student of the class with Wits University. She also attended the CTA Stream and CPMD-MF municipal leadership course. Currently, she is completing her BCom Law degree. In addition, she is a Certified Risk Management Practitioner (IRMSA) and a Registered Tax Practitioner (SAIT). Her choice of studies is a diverse selection of accounting, risk management and law studies suitable to respond to the dynamic and versatile public sector space.
When asked why she chose to follow this career she said “Research has revealed that one of the major contributing root causes to a failed government state is lack of accountability, no visible consequence management and no transparency in the decision making and procurement processes which in essence talks to poor governance. And that’s where the gap is. My passion is to be instrumental in closing that gap because good governance is at the heart of any successful business. It is essential for any organisation to achieve its objectives and drive improvement, as well as maintain legal and ethical standing in the eyes of regulators and the wider community.
“Governance is especially important in the public sector because you’re dealing with the public money. Achieving governance in the public space is to solve a different problem altogether. Achieving innovation in public sector and improving governance systems is a difficult task given the environment, but we manage to do it.”
Madibeng mayor Douglas Maimane congratulated Mothibi for winning the prestigious award. “This should inspire the rest of the employees to do well for this institution in their different roles thus taking it to greater heights.”