Mr Xoli Mahlalela
Head: Social Development
2019 - 2021
Mr. Xoli Mahlalela has been a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) practitioner (focusing on public health and socio-economic transformation) for over 20 years.
He received graduate training in Human Physiology & Biochemistry in London, UK, where he was exiled (1986-1991).
On his return to South Africa in 1991, he did an internship in Public Health Research at the Centre for Health Policy (CHP), Witwatersrand University (SA), and has since attended various post-graduate training in health systems research, epidemiology and M&E in South Africa and University of North Carolina, USA.
He has worked with local and international academic, development and research organisations such as Reproductive Health Research Unit (RHRU) at Baragwanath Hospital (1996); Family Health International (1995), Management Sciences for Health (MSH) covering the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, KZN and North West Provinces (1997-2005), and has done short-term consultancies for international agencies including UNAIDS, UNICEF, USAID & World Health Organization.
He has conducted M&E training for staff working with government, non-government, and community-based organisations in South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Rwanda, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Thailand. In 2005 Mr. Mahlalela moved to Washington DC to take up the position of Senior M&E Advisor (HIV/AIDS) on a global project working to strengthen Community Responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic (the CORE Initiative) in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
He was responsible for developing a global project-wide M&E system, and training country M&E teams in Africa and Asia to implement the M&E plans. In 2007 he moved to Uganda to work as Country Representative & Senior M&E Advisor to the CORE Initiative/Uganda project.
His main responsibility was the development of an M&E Plan & MIS for Uganda’s National Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children (OVC) program. He successfully coordinated and led a multidisciplinary team from various government departments, local and international NGOs, Uganda AIDS Commission, UNICEF & other donor agencies to develop the Uganda National OVC_MIS. He returned to Uganda to lead an international team of consultants to evaluate the Uganda National OVC_MIS which was adopted and is used by UNICEF, USAID and other international development partners from November 2014 to March 2015.
Since returning permanently to SA in 2009, Mr Mahlalela has worked as an independent consultant in the areas of public health and socio-economic development. In 2011, he founded Excelsior Afrika Consulting, through which he has done audits of the Tuberculosis Programme in health services of Gold, Platinum and Coal mines situated in the Free State, KZN, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West provinces, and affiliated with the Chamber of Mines of South Africa (2011 – 2013).
He also led a team looking at HIV, AIDS, TB, Silicosis and the Mining Charter in the mining communities in the Royal Bafokeng, Rustenburg area. He has co-authored a number of published M&E training manuals and research publications & papers. He is a founding member of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA), now in its 10th year.
Together with the two surviving sons of the late SA struggle icon - Moses Mauane Kotane – Mr Mahlalela also founded (in 2011) the Moses Mauane Kotane Foundation whose focus is on health and socio-economic transformation in rural and mining communities, with pilot sites identified in the North West (Pella), Mpumalanga (Mbuzini) and KZN (KwaDukuza/Groetville).
Mr Mahlalela joined the Eastern Cape Department of Health as Chief Director for Strategy and Organisational Performance in August 2015 - working as a civil servant in government for the very first time until October 2017 when he was appointed to Head the Department of Social Development in Mpumalanga.