Date of Birth: 02 May 1962


Current Positions


Ms WR Tshabalala is the Acting Director General of the Ministry in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) with effect from 12 July 2019. She joined the Department in August 2017 as Deputy Director General responsible for Social Transformation and Economic Empowerment (STEE).


Academic Qualifications 


Ms WR Tshabalala holds a B.A in Social Work from the University of Zululand and a B.A. Social Work Honours from the University of South Africa (UNISA). She completed an Executive Management Development Programme with UNISA and she also obtained a Certificate Programme in Human Resources from UNISA.


Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities 


Ms WR Tshabalala   joined the government as a Social Worker in the Gauteng Department of Social Development; she then became the Social Work Supervisor in the same department. Ms Tshabalala also became the Deputy Director: welfare services in the Department of Social Development. She then joined the Gauteng Office of the Premier as the Director: Gender, Youth and Disability (GEYODI). She became the Chief Director: Social Crime Prevention Road Safety, & Communication in the Department of Community Safety and the Deputy Director General: Social Welfare Services in the Gauteng Department of Health & Social Development. She acted as the HOD for the Department of Health and Social Development in Gauteng, and post the de-merger re-joined the Gauteng Department of Social Development as the Head of Department: Social Development. Under her leadership she has won 3 Premier’s service excellence awards in 16/17 FY, and the 4th one was a project pursued with EDCON and UN Women for economic empowerment of women in pursued of a private public partnership with the department. Ms Tshabalala obtained consecutively 5 clean audits during her reign as the HOD for Gauteng Social Development. She also won an award as the best HOD in the country in 2017/2018 FY. Ms Tshabalala currently serves as a Commissioner for Employment Equity (CEE).