Tshediso Matona has been the Secretary of Planning in the National Planning Commission in the Presidency, South African Government, since September 2015. He was the Chief Executive of power utility Eskom from October 2014 to May 2015. He was previously, from January 2011, the Director-General (DG) of Public Enterprises. Prior to that, he was DG of Trade and Industry from 2005 to 2010. An economist by training and an experienced executive in the public sector, he has held several senior positions in government throughout his career, and served as a trade diplomat at the SA Embassy to United Nations and World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland from 1996 to 1998.
In his current role he provides strategic and technical support to South Africa’s National Planning Commission, a think-tank that compiled the National Development Plan and advises government on its implementation. In this role, Matona also leads and supervises a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.
He has over 23 years of senior management experience and skills in the fields of international trade and diplomacy, export promotion, investment promotion, industrial development, enterprise development, economic/business regulation, and corporate governance, among others.
He holds Bachelor and Honours Degrees in Economics and Politics from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a Masters in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia (UK), various certificates, including an Executive Leadership and Management certificate, as well as a certificate in Infrastructure Development from Harvard University’s J F Kennedy School of Government.