Meet RRT's Brilliant Minds

Mr Marks Rapoo is a development planning professional with more than twelve years of experience in planning and project management in local government. Mr Rapoo has spent most of his career with the Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM). As a manager with the RLM Project Management Unit from 2006 to 2009, he twice served as the municipality’s Acting Director of Technical and Infrastructure Services and he also has extensive experience in municipal procurement environment having served in various committees as a member and the chairperson of the Bid Specification Committee in 2007. He was then appointed to the FIFA Organising Committee as Rustenburg’s venue transport coordinator for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. He rejoined the RLM in August 2010, when he was appointed as the unit manager of Roads and Stormwater.

He gained his early experience in project management over a number of years with the Department of Transport as a Senior Project Coordinator and with the Local Municipality of Madibeng as a Projects Coordinator, and he also spent a year as a Site Cost Clerk with Bafokeng Construction.

Before moving into his career in development planning and infrastructure development, Mr Rapoo spent five years as a high school teacher (between 1992 and 1997), three years of which he was subject teacher and another two as a Head of Department. Mr Rapoo has a BA(Ed), a Higher Diploma in Development Planning and an Advanced Certificate in Project Management, in addition to several professional management courses under his belt.

He is an active graduate member of Institute of Municipal Engineers of Southern Africa (IMESA) and has recently affiliated with Project Management Institute (PMI) and is currently working towards gaining certification as Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Linda Hlatshwayo

Communications Unit Manager

Ms Linda Ntombikayise Hlatshwayo holds a BA Communications Degree from the North-West University. She is currently studying towards the completion of B.Soc Science honours degree in Peace studies and International Relations. Hlatshwayo, an accomplished authority in Advertising, Public Relations and Tourism joined the Rustenburg Local Municipality in 2015 as Unit Manager Communications responsible for providing and maintaining an efficient internal and external communications service to the RRT. Ms Hlatshwayo has experience in both the private and public sector and has a little over 12 years in the communications industry. Prior to her joining the RRT, she was the Marketing Coordinator for the National Home Builders Registration Council North West (NHBRC) and before that she was the Head of Communications at Mahikeng Local Municipality. In addition, she was part of the AFCON 2013 team that delivered the Rustenburg games as the Media Operations Manager where she was exposed to both local and international media. Moreover, she has held positions at Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) as the Public Relations Officer as well as SASSA (South African Social Security Agency as a Senior Communications Officer.

Having had a colorful work history, in her current role, she contributes towards ensuring seamless communication for the Municipality where it relates to the RRT project, so that a positive public image and reputation of the entity is maintained at all times.

Maintaining healthy relations within the organisation and all stakeholders is her daily occupation. She is also responsible for promoting the growing Yarona brand and also acts as the Yarona spokesperson. In addition, she facilitates media briefings, arranges media interviews and produces press statements in order to keep stakeholders abreast with the developments within the RRT.

Hlatshwayo has an excellent record in building crucial relations and an environment of trust and professional interaction with the local and national media to promote Yarona and handles inquiries. She is looking forward to positioning Yarona as a brand to be reckoned with especially heading towards the launching of the system in 2016!