Ms Sibongiseni Dlamini-Mntambo, High Commissioner to Canada joined the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in 2016. Armed with a University Diploma in education, High Commissioner Dlamini-Mntambo started her career as a teacher in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in 1993. After a few years in education she left teaching to pursue a career in the fields of Communication; marketing and advertising, working in the FMCG (the Simba Group); mining and metals industry (Allusaf, which change its name to BHP Billiton and now South 32). She was also the Public Affairs and Communication Advisor for the Chamber of Mines of South Africa. While at the Chamber of Mines of South Africa she led the industry communication team which was part of the Mining Industry Growth and Development Task Team (MIGDETT) whose mandate was to develop a national growth strategy for the mining industry. The High Commissioner has also held executive positions within the South African Government Departments e.g. Department of Economic Affairs and Tourism; Department of Minerals and Energy; and the Department of Higher Education and Training. Skilled in strategy development, and as a seasoned marketing professional High Commissioner Dlamini - Mntambo counts amongst her very successful career achievements the coordination and management of the communication and marketing campaigns for South Africa’s 2004 and 2006 elections while was with the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa. Prior to joining DIRCO she was a consultant on stakeholder management, public relations and producing client’s annual reports and various publications. High Commissioner Dlamini-Mntambo holds a BA degree in Communication Science; a BA (Honours), also in Communication Science. She has a University Diploma in Education and a Master’s degree in Business Leadership obtained from the University of South Africa. In her personal capacity Ms Dlamini-Mntambo has been involved in humanitarian work as a Trustee of a Non Profit Making Organisation in South Africa, volunteering her time and expertise pro bono. She has been giving assistance to a school in Midrand, Johannesburg which caters mainly for children from very poor backgrounds. Through her involvement she identified the neediest children at this school and took care of their basic needs ensuring that they have food, clothes and uniform. She is a proud mother of two girls and a boy.