Makgothi Thobakgale Biography
After joining the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) in September 2020 as the Chief Deputy Commissioner (CDC) responsible for Incarceration and Corrections, Mr. Makgothi Samuel Thobakgale, a well-known figure in the South African public sector with over 17 years of experience in senior management roles in various government departments, was appointed as acting National Commissioner on September 27, 2021.
Makgothi Thobakgale Early Career and Government Roles
From July 2008 until August 2020, Thobakgale worked for the National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure as the Deputy Director-General for Small Harbours, State Coastal Properties Development, and Special Projects before joining DCS.
He was seconded to the North West Provincial Public Works and Roads Department during that time as an administrator and accounting officer as part of the section 100 (1) b intervention.
Thobakgale has also held a number of senior management positions in the government, including those of Chief of Staff in the Office of the MEC for Safety, Security, and Liaison and Acting Head of Department: Infrastructure Advisory and Support Services in the Department of Public Works, Roads, and Transport.
Makgothi Thobakgale Educational Background
Thobakgale has a Bachelor of Commerce with Honors from the University of South Africa (UNISA), which he earned in 2009, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which he received in 2001.
Additionally, he has a post-graduate certificate in crime prevention and two post-graduate diplomas in executive development program, prevention of fraud and corruption, and both.
Thobakgale is now enrolled at the University of Johannesburg to pursue a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
Makgothi Thobakgale Board Memberships and Expertise
Thobakgale has participated in a number of boards, including the Trade Investment Board, Limpopo Economic Development Enterprise Board, Limpopo Business Support Agency Board, and Limpopo Tourism Board.
Over the course of his illustrious career, he has managed numerous programs in the fields of education, economy, transport, marine, and infrastructure, working with high and low level strategy development and execution, advisory, stakeholder relations, negotiations, and contract management.
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Who is Samuel Thobakgale?
On September 27, 2021, Mr. Makgothi Samuel Thobakgale was appointed as the Department of Correctional Services’ (DCS) temporary National Commissioner.