The University of Venda (UNIVEN) has appointed Dr Mutshinyalo Samson Ratombo as the new Director Strategy and Monitoring with effect from 01 February 2022. Dr Ratombo is joining the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal with more than 17 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation. His monitoring and evaluation career started in 2005 when he joined the then Department of Land Affairs as Planner Monitoring and Evaluation.

Dr Mutshinyalo Samson Ratombo – Director Strategy and Monitoring

In 2007, Dr Ratombo was appointed as the Provincial Manager Service Delivery Monitoring for South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). In 2009, he was appointed by the Department of Science and Technology as a Deputy Director Performance Monitoring and Evaluation. Moreover, in 2011, he was promoted to be the Director in the same portfolio. In 1991, Dr Ratombo completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) and furthered his qualifications by enrolling for the University Education Diploma (UED). He worked as a Teacher at Tshiemuemu Secondary School between 1992 and 2005, teaching Geography in Grade 12.

In 2000, he enrolled and completed his Honours degree in Environmental Sciences (Geography) at the University of Venda. It is at this University where he met his two mentors, the retired Professor Agness Musyoki and Dr Nthaduleni Samuel Nethengwe. Under the two distinguished scholars, Dr Ratombo enrolled and completed his master’s degree in Environmental Sciences in 2004 and his PhD in 2016.

Between 2006 and 2021, Dr Ratombo obtained the following certificates and diplomas: Emotional Intelligence and Personal Mastery, 30 September 2021, (IMSIMBI Training); National School of Government: Nykela Public Service SMS Pre-entry Programme, 25 March 2021, (School of Government); Advanced Project Management, 29 November 2019, (NWU Business School); Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Leadership, April 2013, (VUT and PALAMA); Monitoring Implementation,

Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation Methods, 2010-2011, (University of Western Cape; Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation in the Public Sector, 12 June 2009, (Stellenbosch University); Monitoring and Evaluation -Utilisation of Evaluations, 2007, 2015 -The South African and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) and Basic and Intermediate SPSS, 2 November 2006, (SPSS_SA).

Dr Ratombo is currently a member of SAMEA and African Evidence Network.

“With my in-depth knowledge in monitoring and evaluation, I believe I will immensely contribute to the successful implementation of the University of Venda Strategic Plan 2021-2025 aimed at positioning the University for impact and relevance”.

UNIVEN Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Bernard Nthambeleni calls on all members of the University community to give Dr Ratombo the necessary support during his tenure.

Issued by:
Department of Marketing, Branding and Communication University of Venda
Tel: (015) 962 8525
Date: 08 February 2022

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