Directorate: Marketing & Communication
Branding and exhibitions:
While the department had hosted Ekhaya over the years, the 2008 Ekhaya was intended to form part of the year-long “Ten Year Celebration of SA-China Diplomatic Relations” campaign, under the leadership of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the SA Embassy in China.
Although the centre achieved its objectives to some extent, it experienced some challenges that affected its overall impact. Some of the challenges were planning rather than implementation related and included the following:
Leaking of sensitive project information to the media which was later used to report negatively about the centre.
Poor flow of information between the SA Embassy in Beijing and the department.
Inability to fill all the hotel rooms reserved. This was in part due to a withdrawal by other government departments who were expected to utilize the hotel rooms.
Strict security arrangements for President George Bush who stayed in the same hotel and which made it difficult for non-hotel guests to attend Ekhaya events. This forced the department to change the dates for some of the events, including the 2010 dinner.
Databases and library service:
Internal communication programme:
Various internal events were organized in line with national commemorative days. The unit worked closely with the Employee Wellness Unit in involving staff on issues of national importance.
Mr. Mickey Modisane
Chief Director - Marketing and Communication
Tel : 012 304 5159
Ms. Nnaniki Malesa
Director Marketing and Communication
Tel : 012 304 5143
Ms. Mmatlhame Raseleka
Deputy Director: Communication
Tel : 0123045235
Mr. Charl Durand
Deputy Director: Information and Research
Tel : 0123045011
Ms. Zikhanyile Sitali
Tel : 012 304 5160
Mrs. Tersia Grobler
Library and Publications
Tel : 012 304 5016
Ms. Queen Motaung
Secretary: Marketing & Communications
Tel : 0123045105
Mrs. Sandra Botha
Tel : 012 304 5009