SHOPRITE’S NEW HR HEAD A CATALYST FOR CHANGE
Zakhele Sibiya, the Shoprite Group’s new head of human resources, has a clear
understanding of what the future holds for South Africa’s largest private employer.
“Change is inevitable. The Group’s current leadership has a fresh approach to the business and as such we’re in a process of transformation. It gives me great satisfaction to play a part in that process,” explains Sibiya, who started in his new position at the beginning of 2019.
Central to his vision for the retailer, which employs more than 148 000 people, is the effective use of technological advances. “We want our people to work smarter and the key to that is technology.”
Born and raised in Kwathema on the East Rand, Sibiya studied Human Resources at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). In his final year he completed a three-month internship at the Shoprite Group’s home office in Brackenfell, and after qualifying, he joined the retailer in 1998 as a Trainee Manager.
Sibiya was promoted to Regional HR Manager (Northern Division) in 2000 and Divisional HR Manager (Meat Markets) in 2008. In May 2018 he was promoted to Manager: Industrial Relations and Special Projects at the Group’s home office and this year he became Chief Human Resources Officer.
In line with the Shoprite Group’s culture, Sibiya is a hands-on manager whose
responsibilities include leading the negotiation team on salary negotiations with trade unions.
He is married to Lulama, an HR practitioner at the University of Cape Town, and they have three children.