Sikelelwa Clara Mwenze Ilunga, was born in Alice Eastern Cape and later relocated to Gauteng where she developed a passion for socio-economic development projects and politics, she enjoys working with culturally diverse teams. Sikelelwa has served in various leadership positions including public participation and governance, including the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) and South African Women in Construction (SAWIC) for many years.
Her involvement at Gauteng Provincial Legislature from 2009 -2014 incorporates law making, oversight, governance, public participation, stakeholder negotiations, engagements and project management skills.
Serving as a Member of Provincial Legislature (MPL) in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature was a great achievement that empowered her a lot as she served in the following portfolio committees, Local Government and Housing; Sport, Arts, Recreation and Culture, Health and Social Development and the Petitions Standing Portfolio Committee. Sikelelwa has also previously served in the Gender, Youth and People with Disabilities Standing Committee (GEYODI)
Her service as an MPL has allowed her to work closely with communities for the purpose of community development, poverty eradication and economic emancipation through income generating projects that later resulted in her appointment in Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation in 2015 to serve in the portfolio Unit of Strategic Partnerships and Sponsorship to date.
Her seasoned passion for community development and health programmes was inspired by her personal volunteering work through the South African Women in Construction (SAWIC) from 2002 where she was awarded a project as a main contractor to build houses in Palm Springs, Sedibeng region, Gauteng during year 2004 to 2005 and that made her gain strength to encourage other women to join the Build environment industry.
Sikelelwa is a Managing Director of Sikies Transport and Projects PTY LTD that has other four managers working in different portfolios.
She acquired skills in Administration during her employment at BRELKO Engineering Company from 1995 to 2003 as creditors/debtors officer.
She has also worked in community development programs through her role as a Research and Development portfolio Chairperson of SAWIC GP from 2012 -2015. She has recently been elected as SAWIC’s GP NPO Chairperson for 2016 -2019 term
Sikelelwa holds the following qualifications through her hard work,
Certificate in Leadership and governance NQ Level 5 & 7 with the following institutions, Palama, with UNISA, WITS and currently at the University of Johannesburg pursuing a degree in Business Management.