In 2016, Dipsy was one of the nominees for the NWU Alumni Award of Excellence.

Her heart’s in the right place:

public service

In a career spanning over 30 years,  Dipsy Wechoemang, alumna of the NWU’s campus in Mahikeng, has shown where her heart lies: in public service.

Dipsy currently serves as group executive for human capital at the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), where she is responsible for ensuring the corporation is able to attract, utilise and retain the best employees.


Previously, she has worked at the national departments of Education, Public Service and Transport, amassing vast amounts of knowledge and putting her impressive academic qualifications to good use.


“I have fond memories of the NWU, memories that I would not trade for anything,” she says. “During my time at the NWU I made a lot of friends, met good lecturers who assisted in building my career, and I met my husband too.”


Lifelong learning and serving


After completing her BA Ed degree at the NWU, she proceeded to do an honours degree, followed by a personnel management course which the NWU offered in conjunction with the University of Johannesburg. Dipsy also has a master’s degree in languages and a master’s diploma in human resources, and has completed a number of other graduate courses at Wits University, Unisa and the University of Johannesburg.


Over the years, Dipsy has contributed significantly towards public service policies.The policies are in strategic human resource management and development, including effective leadership, staff management, development and retention.


While at the Department of Transport, Dipsy was instrumental in establishing the Centre of Development programme to financially support the students doing studies in the transport disciplines. The programme enjoyed steady growth and continues to run successfully today.


Another initiative that stands out for her is the Senior Management Service policy for the management and development of senior managers in the public service.


Leading by example


In her current position as group executive for human capital at the RTMC, she draws on her experience from her two stints as acting deputy director-general in the Department of Transport. As a group executive, she oversaw a complex merger, involving the Electronic National Traffic Information System (eNaTIS), the Road Traffic Inspectorate of the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency with Law Enforcement, and the training and development functions of the RTMC with Boekenhoutkloof Traffic College. “Such projects are not easy as they deal with the transfer of people with diverse conditions of service and divergent ideas,” she says.


Family matters


Dipsy is married to Pitso, who is a circuit manager in the North West Province’s Department of Education (Letlhabile District).


A devout Christian and mother of three children, ranging in age from 11 to 24, Dipsy enjoys reading Christian books and the Bible. “My favourite TV programmes are the faith channels as it inspires and nourishes my soul and further refines my character.”


There’s no doubt that this NWU alumnus is a role model who is putting people first and the “service” back into public service.


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Dipsy Wechoemang has been widely praised for her unwavering support of the Transport Economics programme on the NWU’s campus in Mahikeng. With her is Prof Sonia Swanepoel, the executive dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Administration on the NWU’s campus in Mahikeng.

Dipsy’s nearest and dearest are husband Pitso and children Tshepo (Grade 6), Ketumile (Grade 9) and Thuto (a BCom Hons Accounting graduate, currently working for PricewaterhouseCoopers).

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