On 11 September, Marius Meyer, one of the country’s top HR thought leaders and a co-founding member of Talent Talks received an honorary doctoral degree from the Vaal University of Technology (VUT). The award was part of the spring graduation of the Faculty of Management Sciences held at the VUT campus in Vanderbijlpark and was awarded by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of VUT, Professor Gordon Zide.
Marius Meyer is an academic affiliated to Stellenbosch University and is the previous CEO of the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP), the professional body for HR practitioners and Education and Training Quality Assurance Body for HR in South Africa. He was responsible for the quality assurance of 82 learning providers, as well as the HR accreditation of all universities in South Africa. Marius facilitated training and consulting interventions for more than 200 companies.
Previously Marius lectured in HRD at the University of South Africa and University of Johannesburg and he is still involved in academic work for North-West University and the Midrand Graduate Institute. He has been an HRD practitioner, consultant, academic, board member and manager for the past 24 years. Marius is registered as a Master HR Professional with SABPP. He was an advisory board member of the African Society for Talent Development and founding member of Talent Talks, South Africa’s first talent management platform and magazine. Marius is a regular speaker at local and international conferences and author of 26 books and 500+ articles. He has a passion for leadership, strategy, governance, change management and people development.
A significant output of his team is the National HR Competency Model, as well as a full set of national HR standards, the first set of national HR standards in the world. A comprehensive HR audit framework has been developed to audit application of the HR standards within companies, which is also the first national HR audit unit in the world. Marius facilitated HR standards sessions in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. Also, under his leadership the Minister of Justice approved SABPP HR professionals in South Africa as Commissioners of Oaths. In 2016 he managed the process of developing the first South African leadership standard as a guideline for leaders in their daily leadership roles. His most recent output is South Africa’s first national HR Governance framework as a blue print for HR Directors in adding value to boards, councils and other governing bodies of organisations, including the first national set of human capital metrics for companies. Marius recently received a life-time achievement award from the SABPP board and was subsequently retained as HR Standards Thought Leader for SABPP.