“Success is not about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” — Dr Patrice Motsepe

Brian Qhawelethu Khumalo



Organisation / Company

Qualitative Innovative Solutions Pty Ltd


Leadership is about serving others and having a positive effect, says Brian Qhawelethu Khumalo, 34. Being a leader involves, among other things, constantly adapting as things change and embracing challenges. But perhaps most importantly, it’s about being able to listen, recognise the strengths of your team and delegate accordingly, so that a collaborative and productive environment is created and maintained. Brian is a project manager in ICT for the City of Ekurhuleni, where each work day he liaises with his team, clients and city officials, designates tasks, monitors progress and reviews achievements. He takes pride in the Fleet Tracking System project, which he says has revolutionised vehicle fleet management through harnessing advanced technology. He believes it is having a transformative effect and is advancing Ekurhuleni towards becoming a smart city. One of his challenges has been managing tight deadlines. He deals with this by breaking down large projects into smaller, more manageable tasks and through clear communication: regular meetings, keeping stakeholders informed of progress and resolving conflicts swiftly. If he could advise his younger self, he would say: “You’d be amazed at what you can achieve one day.”


Bachelor of Arts (Government, Administration and Development), University of South Africa
Project Management Certificate (NQF Levels 6 & 7), Fachs Business Consulting and Training
Public Administration Certificate (NQF Levels 4 & 5), The Favorite Institute
LOGIS Certificate, Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC)
Digital Marketing for Entrepreneurs and various other courses in public administration, leadership and management, YALI Regional Leadership Center, Southern Africa


I take immense pride in the City of Ekurhuleni Fleet Tracking System project, which epitomises our commitment to advancing the Smart City concept and revolutionising our approach to vehicle fleet management. This initiative harnesses advanced technology to optimise operational efficiency, ensure vehicle safety, and enhance overall fleet performance, delivering sustainable benefits to our citizens.
The Fleet Tracking System integrates cutting-edge technology with a comprehensive fleet maintenance capability model, emphasising preventive maintenance planning, real-time monitoring, maintenance scheduling, parts inventory management, performance analysis, and compliance requirements. By aligning our system with these critical components, we empower fleet managers to make informed decisions and achieve operational excellence. With user-friendly interfaces, customisable reporting capabilities, and seamless integration with existing fleet management systems, our solution is set to transform how businesses oversee their vehicle fleets. By combining technology-driven insights with effective fleet maintenance practices, we empower organisations to achieve operational excellence, enhance safety standards, and drive sustainable growth.
The Fleet Tracking System project marks a major milestone in our journey toward becoming a smart city. I am proud of the effect this project is having and the opportunities it presents for advancing our city’s development agenda.


Keith Tshabalala has been an exceptional role model. His leadership and vision at QIS have provided me with a clear example of what it means to lead with integrity and purpose. His strategic approach to business and his ability to inspire and motivate his team have shaped my own leadership style. Keith has taught me the importance of staying focused on long-term goals while being adaptable to immediate challenges. His emphasis on continuous learning and innovation has driven me to seek out new knowledge and skills relentlessly. Sanji Koapeng, as a Programme Manager, has also played a crucial role in my development. Her mentorship has been invaluable in making me “eat humble pie” and recognise the importance of humility in leadership. Sanji’s ability to navigate complex projects with grace and precision has taught me the importance of detailed planning and effective communication. She has shown me that true growth comes from being open to feedback and being willing to learn from every experience, no matter how challenging. Both Keith and Sanji have instilled in me a strong work ethic and a commitment to personal and professional growth. Their guidance has helped me overcome obstacles and continually strive for excellence. They have shown me that leadership is not just about leading others but also about leading oneself with humility, integrity, and a continuous desire to improve.
The e-Recruitment Project, where I facilitate efficient and streamlined recruitment processes using advanced technology.
ERP Project, where I implement an Enterprise Resource Planning system to enhance organisational efficiency and integration.
SABC Rapid 7, where I develop and maintain a secure and efficient network for broadcasting operations.
ETDP SETA and AgriSETA, in which I support the education, training, and development needs of the Education, Training, Development Practices (ETDP) and Agriculture sectors.
In the CoE Firearm Management System, I design and implement a comprehensive system for the management and tracking of firearms.
In Fleet Management and Fleet Tracking, I improve operational efficiency through effective management and tracking of organisational vehicles.
My role in the Presidential Welisizwe Programme is to contribute to the development and implementation of a national programme aimed at community upliftment and empowerment.
In the Public Works and Infrastructure Built Environment Capacity Building Project, I am strengthening the capacity of the built environment sector to deliver quality infrastructure and public works projects.
In Real Estate and Management, I oversee the management and strategic development of real estate portfolios.