Mr Dan Metlana Gorbachev Mashitisho holds a Bachelor’s degree and various Post-graduate qualifications; ranging from a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Post Graduate Diplomas in Management and Labour Law and he has completed the coursework towards a Masters of Business Administration (research work is currently in progress).
Mr Mashitisho’s most recent employment has been as City Manager of the Mogale City Local Municipality, a position that he held from 2006. He has been a Municipal Manager for 12 years (including Merafong City Local Municipality) with overall government experience spanning over 22 years.
He is a founding National Chairman of the Institute of South African Municipal Accounting Officers (ISAMAO). He also founded the Gauteng Municipal Accounting Officer’s Forum. He has also been serving in the Board of the Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO); a cutting edge research organisation that was created by the Gauteng Provincial Government in collaboration with the Universities of Wits and Johannesburg as well as the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).
In his early corporate years, Mr Mashitisho joined Transnet Group in an HR middle management position. He was later seconded by Transnet to Government where he played a critical role in the transformation of the former Transvaal Provincial Administration (TPA) into the Gauteng Provincial Government as a member of the Strategic Management Team (SMT) in the early 90’s.
As acting Chief Director and acting Head of Department of Local Government, he played a leading role in the establishment of Gauteng municipalities in the pre-interim, interim and the final phases of local government.
Mr Mashitisho also played a key role in the development of the Local Government White Paper and the subsequent legislation; viz. LG Structures and Systems Act as well as the Municipal Finance Management Act and the Municipal Demarcation Act.
He has also been serving as Chairperson of the Community Beneficiary Committee of the Trust Board of the Cradle of Humankind, World Heritage Site and also served as a Ministerial appointee in the Wits University Council.