Antony Hlungwane

Antony, who is an alumnus of PROTEC, is the founder of Futurecentric Group and CEO of The Unplugg Group. He is also Chairperson of BBM Energy Solutions and non-executive director of Jet Education Services. He was previously Group IT Director at Mr Price Group and Chief Technology Officer for Hollard Insurance.

Antony’s four years as a PROTEC learner were in Mamelodi from 1990 to 1993. He says they gave him excellent support in STEM subjects and English, as well as life skills in aspects such as time management and school guidance.

Antony is an inspiring and motivational leader with interpersonal skills and a passion for developing compelling visions for teams he leads – and in 2013 and 2015, he was a finalist in the annual Visionary CIO Award, which recognises IT leaders who demonstrate visionary leadership in using IT to support, grow and transform business.

Balan Moodley, CEO of PROTEC, says that as a responsible NPO, PROTEC adheres strictly to the South African governance requirements for non-profits. “Our Board structure and their roles are an important part of our overall governance, as well as the operations of our organisation.

We are pleased to welcome Antony Hlungwane to the position of Chairperson of our Board. He has been a Board member for two years, and has clearly demonstrated his wholehearted commitment to our mandate of ensuring successful STEM careers for youngsters from disadvantaged schools. His visionary approach will also guide PROTEC as we strive to adapt to the ever-changing nature of our education, social, and economic environments.”

Antony says that as a past beneficiary of PROTEC, this appointment is very special for him. “This is something I don’t take lightly and it is a big role, given the NPO’s 40-year history, its performance over the years, the quality of former chairpersons, and the role the organisation plays in nurturing talent for the future world of work and our economy.” 

He adds, “If we fail to provide the necessary opportunities for our children to gain the requisite relevant skills for the future world of work then we would have failed to protect our future prosperity and future generations. Solutions to our challenges are dependent on how we prepare our children for the future world or work – I see this appointment as a contribution to future-proofing our prosperity.”

Francois Adriaan

Balan also thanked Francois Adriaan for so ably holding the reins as Acting Chairperson until the AGM, when Antony Hlungwane was officially appointed. “Francois has a passion for our vision to be a leading organisation that empowers South African youth with optimal scientific, maths, technology, engineering, and life skills to access and succeed in STEM-based careers. We will continue to place great value on his contribution to PROTEC as a Board member and as our Finance Committee Chairperson.”

In his message in the PROTEC Annual Report 2022 2023, Francois said, “The ongoing success of the PROTEC model is that it goes beyond academic support, and incorporates English, a wide range of life skills, and a sound introduction to the world of work. This is crucial. A high level of skill in numeracy is not enough for successful careers; communication skills are crucial too, as is an understanding of the demands of life beyond school. Our PROTEC programme is constantly evolving to ensure that these additional skills are accessible to our learners and stay up to date with changing needs within the South African economy and the global STEM space.”


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