Chief Officer Corporate Affairs
Member of Vodacom Group Executive Committee
LLB (Wits), Higher Diploma in Company Law (Wits), BJuris (University of Venda), Master's Degree Security Studies (University of Pretoria), Executive Education Certificates (Wits and Harvard Kennedy School of Government)
Takalani was appointed as Chief Officer: Corporate Affairs with effect from 15 September 2016. Takalani has spent her entire career in government and as such is deeply knowledgeable and networked amongst key security policy makers, influencers, opinion leaders and business organisations. Over the last 20 years, in her policy development and implementation work, as well as in her capacity as a Ministerial Advisor, Takalani has developed well-honed stakeholder and relationship management skills. These were augmented during her 4 year stint as Ambassador in Hungary (and Croatia). She has operated as CEO of Electronic Communications Security (Pty) (Ltd) and as a policy and legal advisor and managed the compliance in various roles within the Ministry of State Security (formerly the Ministry of Intelligence Services). She received several merit awards which include the Hungarian Eotvos (ELTE) University commemorative medal and certificate for relentless efforts to promote academic and cultural collaboration between South Africa and Hungary, and deepening bilateral relations between the two countries. She was also awarded the Intelligence Services Woman of the Year award for meritorius contribution to the South African intelligence policy and legal dispensation.