The JRA has appointed a seasoned civil servant to improve the health of its finances.
Dikeledi Thindisa, the JRA’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), will oversee an overhaul of the entity’s finances.
Born and bred in Polokwane, Limpopo, Thindisa comes with a wealth of experience, having managed finances in local, provincial and national government departments she previously worked in, achieving a slew of clean audits.
“It is possible to achieve clean audits if we commit to our work and stick to the rules, regulations and improve on internal controls,” she says.
Thindisa joins the City from the National Department of Communications, where she worked as a CFO since 2016. She was responsible for oversight work on the SABC, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), the Film and Publication Board (FPB), the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and Brand SA.
She has signalled a desire to alter the JAR’s turnaround time in financial planning in order to mitigate unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure. She would also like to assist in improving the planning and implementation of JRA contracts to ensure better service delivery to residents of the City.
“It is important that the residents of Johannesburg see value for money in everything we do,” she says.
Thindisa began her career in the public sector almost 20 years ago, working as a CFO for the Capricorn Municipality in Limpopo, after a long stint in the private sector. She holds a BCom Honours Degree from the University of Limpopo and a Certificate in Infrastructure Delivery Management from the University of Pretoria.
“It is important for me as a CFO to have a stable team in order to address challenges efficiently and deliver on the mandate prescribed by the JRA,” she says.
Thindisa has committed herself to work with and support all finance staff members at the City entity charged with roads infrastructure, to help them “execute their jobs well”.
Thindisa is a wife, a mother and grandmother. She dreams of writing a personal memoir one day and leaving a lasting legacy at the JRA.
“I want to share my finance knowledge with youngsters so that when my contract lapses, someone internal is able to take up my position.”