Mastermind Alliance

Ubuntu : We are because  we assist you to be 

About Us

In the spirit of “Ubuntu” - “We are because we assist you to be”, do we help members of Mastermind Alliance to:

·       Combat attacks on their existence and profitability.

· Sharpen focus on the core operations of their businesses, define that “reason for their existence”, and focus activities on it.

· Train owners, management and staff in those legalities of the National Credit Act that are important to comply with

·  Equip owners and management with the leadership qualities and management skills to successfully operate their businesses.


 

WILLIE OOSTHUIZEN

Willie Oosthuizen Holds a Honours degree from the University of the Free State in Political Science and a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Pretoria. He was sponsored by his employer and completed the Advanced Executive Program at the School of Business Leadership of the University of South Africa with a distinction for his dissertation, “Organisational Climate Analysis in the Human Resources Departments” of a large mining house.

As a registered Human Resources Specialist with the South African Board for Personnel Practice he has extensive “hands on” experience in all facets of human resources management with special emphasis on:

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT: Workplace training, including one of the first criterion referenced learner paced training in South Africa of apprentices and technicians at one of the biggest heavy industries, on-the-job training and development, management development from first line supervision to senior management at board level. In the latter capacity he acted as internal consultant to design, and present a management development programme for middle to senior management at all the mines of a major mining house.

LABOUR RELATIONS: Member of negotiating teams dealing with labour unrest and strikes; wage negotiations with trade unions; cooperation with shop stewards and consultative committees; chairing disciplinary enquiries from first line supervisors to senior management; designing and implementing disciplinary codes, disciplinary procedures, disciplinary guidelines and grievance procedures in companies.

RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION: Member of company teams that recruited and selected various categories of professionals locally and abroad applying structured techniques.

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT: Designed, implemented and managed various instruments to do performance management and performance appraisal for development and remuneration purposes.

REMUNERATION: Set guidelines for and applied performance based remuneration in a major mining house. Member of multi discipline committees to determine job grades for new and existing positions from junior operative, technical and administrative positions to senior management. 

MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE: As a manager from first line supervisor, middle management and senior management reporting to the board of directors, extensive experience was gained in leadership and  application of the management functions of planning, organising, leading and controlling in respect of human resources, finance, inventory, production, marketing, external relations with local and oversees companies and government departments, service providers, local and oversees consultants.

When the opportunity presented itself Willie took early retirement from the corporate world to again seek new challenges. As an entrepreneur he invested in the micro-finance industry, management and business consulting for micro-financiers in all corners of South Africa and SMME’s in general.

CONSULTING EXPERIENCE: Consulting range from resolving labour relations problems, improving productivity through training and employee assessment to structuring new businesses and restructuring existing businesses through the self developed practical and tested core strategy workshop.

Willie was commissioned by BANKSETA to investigate the training needs for the micro-finance industry together with a major international consulting organisation. Willie’s extensive involvement with the micro-finance industry enabled him to publish a handbook in CD format, “Micro Finance Management and Operations Guide – A guide to sustained growth and survival”.

Willie is regarded as a specialist on the National Credit Act of South Africa and acts as consultant to credit providers and legal practitioners in this regard.

Willie translated the National Credit Act with Regulations (NCA) into Afrikaans for the benefit of his many Afrikaans speaking clients. This project had the benefit that he had to study and analyse each section, paragraph and sentence of the Act and Regulations.

The Law Faculty of a leading university requested permission to use these documents.

Willie has developed a range of training programs for proprietors, management and loan-staff (consultants) granting loans. These programs have been presented as public seminars in all major cities and small towns in both Afrikaans and English across the country as well as in-house training in companies where the focus is on loan-staff but managers and proprietors have remarked, “Now I understand what is required…”.

The training material is, however, designed and compiled in a format that enables proprietors, managers and loan-staff to do the training self-study in a distance learning format.

 Distance learning training material for all training programs consist of three parts:

·         Study manual; that presents the course content in aan easy to understand method, asking important questions and providing explained answers.

·         Study guidelines; that learners must follow to work trough the study manual and do a range of assignments/projects that test understanding and application ability of important requirements of the National Kredit Act.

·         Mentor guide; with the answers to assignments/projects to be used by persons appointed as mentors to assist and guide students through the training program.

Willie has also developed compliance audits for the seven different categories of credit covered in the National Credit Act that are used to establish the level of compliance of the Act by credit providers and determine corrective measures where necessary.

The documents used to conduct the audits are, however, in such a clear and explanatory format that audits can be conducted by credit providers self. These audit documents also have considerable training and development value.   

BOARD EXPERIENCE: Willie was nominated to serve on the Board of the Micro Finance Regulatory Council [MFRC], now the National Credit Regulator of South Africa, where he served three terms.

LECTURING EXPERIENCE: In 2009 Willie was invited to be a part-time lecturer at Milpark Business School in Johannesburg in human resource management for the Masters degree in Business Administration [MBA] and integrated business management for the post graduate diploma in business management. Willie is also study leader to MBA students who are busy with dissertations.