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Meet the HR Leader of The Year: Angie Ontong – The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Meet the HR Leader of The Year: Angie Ontong – The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Written by Staff Writer

November 29, 2021

By Charndré Emma Kippie


On 24 November, the 7th annual Future of HR Awards took place virtually and was viewed across Africa. The awards ceremony acknowledged HR champions and innovators who are currently putting people at the top of their priority list, and creating work cultures fit for success. The coveted awards ceremony followed the annual Future of HR Summit, which brought together forward-thinking CEOs, directors, tech gurus and business specialists to share strategies for the workplace of tomorrow.

In previous years, Top Honours were awarded to pioneering entities such as Nedbank, DHL Express, BMW SA, Healthy Living Consulting and Gilbarco AFS – to name but only a few! 

The event, in its 7th year, honoured southern Africa’s most outstanding, inspiring and effective leaders in human capital management, HR innovation and HR tech; highlighting their achievements for local and international peers to emulate and moving the industry forward.


HR Leader of The Year 2021 

‘HR Leader of The Year’ is a hotly-contested award which aims to recognise the most accomplished, innovative and respected leader of an organisational HR team (4 or more people). He or she is an individual who demonstrates a track record of excellence in overseeing all employee engagement, and consistently inspiring his or her team to deliver their best, in sustaining a high-performance HR function that attracts top talent – and retains it.

This year, the HR Leader of The Year Award went to none other than Angie Ontong, Director of Human Resources Development at the dtic (Department of Trade, Industry and Competition). 

Angie Ontong is a highly-experienced Director Human Resources Development with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. She is a strong human resources professional who is skilled in Coaching, Management, Leadership, Management Development, and Strategic Planning.

“As the dtic HRD Director, I have contributed to the overall strategy of the organisation towards building a capable, ethical and developmental state through effective human capital development management, administration and implementation”, says Ontong. 

“Development is linked to the dtic’s employee retention, satisfaction, and motivation and performance management. To this effect, I have actively and effectively managed the Skills Development Programmes, Internship Programme, Bursaries, Scholarships, Donor-funded, Functional, Transversal, Management and Leadership Development programmes for Business Continuity.” 

Ms Ontong is an outstanding individual renowned for leaving legacies in all the jobs she has undertaken since 1989. Her key focus is always on putting people first by:

  • Becoming a trendsetter
  • Setting examples for future career path seekers
  • Motivating others to go the extra mile
  • Coaching and mentoring others to succeed
  • Assisting managers of all levels with strategic direction and implementation
  • Applying constant best practice in all careers
  • Becoming technologically inclined and adaptable to any work situation
  • Designing, developing and implementing online solutions


Most Recent Recognition & Awards
  • Nominated for the CHRO Awards in 2020
  • Won the HR Director of the Year Award in 2019
  • Selected as one of the top 4 Public Sector Women Leaders in South Africa in the 2018 Standard Bank Top Women Awards
  • Selected as a Finalist in the 2017 IPM HR Director of the Year Awards
  • Won the Silver Award for the All Africa Public Sector Innovations Award (AAPSIA) for the design, development and automation of an online Project Management Office for the EU donor funded projects at the National Treasury in 2016


“I am analytical in my approach, diplomatic, seeing the bigger picture, problem solving and providing creative and innovative business solutions to business problems. Very often, I work with my team whilst enabling and capacitating them at the same time to achieve effective results. Teamwork is of the essence and my strategy is to achieve operational excellence and create intellectual intelligence whilst maintaining qualitative relationships”, concludes Ontong. 


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