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Candice Potgieter

CEO of The KZN Science Centre - NPO in Education


Born in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Candice Potgieter is CEO of The KZN Science Centre - An NPO founded in 2002 to assist in the educational development of schools and the general public specifically in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The KZN Science Centre is commited in empowering South African learners, educators and the public from the deepest rural communities to the most urban ones.

Contact details

O: 031-566-8040


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Business Address

Umhlanga, Umhlanga, South Africa


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Current Position(s)

Chief Executive Officer | The KwaZulu Natal (KZN) Science Centre
2012 - present

Management and leadership of the KZN Science Centre.
Serving as an executive director on the board
Development and implemention of the business strategy
Planning with the mandate of the board of directors and relevant stakeholders.
Assist in shaping and be responsible for implementing the organisation’s vision, strategy and plans
Providing overall leadership of the daily functions of the organisations, including operations, marketing, financial management, fundraising, public/community relations, programmes and programme development, human resource management, physical expansion and strategic direction
Building a strong donor base and maintain strong relationships with the private and public sector, particularly with the provincial and national departments.
Managing and ensuring compliance with all statutory requirements.
Ensuring the sustainability of the organisation through the development of diverse income streams
Ensuring the alignment of the organisation’s plans and activities with the relevant regional and national education and skills development policies and priorities


Previous Position(s)

GM | The Science Education Foundation - The ScienCentre (KZN) -
Umhlanga, South Africa | 2010 - 2012

Academia, Education and Training

-Preparation, Management and Control of Working Budget. -Coordination of annual business plan and budgeting exercises.
-Analysis of key business drivers, development of key strategies that enables growth and achievement of targets.
-Accountable for fundraising and strategic sustainable planning
-Project Manager and Programme Director for
governmental, community and corporate initiatives undertaken
-Involved in holding first line managers accountable for managerial work including selection, performance management and talent management of the Education, Marketing and Finance teams
- Maintenance of a good working relationship with various Governmental Departments as well as corporate partners in Corporate Social Investment industries

Educational history

Tertiary

University of Miami

Miami, United States of America | February 2012 - February 2012

Professional Development in Science Communication - Science Education

University of KwaZulu-Natal

2008 - 2009

BSc (Hons) - Applied Physics

University of KwaZulu-Natal

2002 - 2005

BSc - Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics

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media exposure

Sunday Times | 2010

Academic Achievements

Certificate of Merit - Applied Physics Project Thesis | 2009

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South African Association of Science & Technology Centres

Member

KZN Department of Education

Member of the Advisory Commitee to the MEC

Member of the Advisory Commitee to the MEC fof Education for Career Guidance to schools in KZN.

Durban Chamber of Commerce

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