Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies, Dr Njabulo Khumalo.

For Graduate School of Business and Leadership academic and doctoral graduate Dr Njabulo Khumalo contributing to a bursary fund at his church is how he shares the gift of education with his community in Umlazi, Durban.

After being appointed Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Parish of Umlazi in 2013, Khumalo started a drive along with five other academics to raise money for the bursary fund which benefits members of the Umlazi Anglican Church who want to study at University but cannot afford the tuition. The money for the fund is raised through collection and pledges at an Annual Education Thanksgiving Gala.

Khumalo, a well-known motivational speaker, says his goal is to inspire the youth to not only dream about their future but unlock their potential through education.

‘I believe that education is the key to success and provides one with an opportunity to open many doors in life. It is a great achievement for a young man from Umlazi township to achieve a PhD at the age of 28 years and I want to inspire more young people to do the same,’ he said.

On the academic front through his doctoral thesis titled: The Role of Human Resource Planning on Service Delivery in Sizakala Customer Care Centres in eThekwini Municipality, Khumalo aims to contribute to the promotion and development of the centres as they play a crucial role in the Municipality. The study was supervised by Dr Emmanuel Mutambara and Dr Bonginkosi Zondi.

‘The study’s findings reveal that in these centres, components of human resources planning investments are not being implemented effectively; there is no clear strategy for the development of employees and promotions in these centres; and there is a need for the working environment to be improved. This is very interesting and I hope that the Municipality will consult me for advice in planning for the enhancement of service delivery in their Sizakala Customer Care Centres,’ said Khumalo.

Looking to the future, Khumalo is s planning to enrol for a Law degree next year and will use his PhD as a stepping stone towards becoming a professor and an expert in the field of leadership especially in human resource planning.

Words by: Thandiwe Jumo

Photograph: Abhi Indrarajan