Designing the Future: The Knowledge Agenda at Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority

By Ola Busari.

Published by The Organization Collection

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The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA), a state-owned liability management entity mandated to finance and develop bulk water infrastructure in South Africa, is cognizant of the fact that knowledge plays a critical role in facilitating socio-economic development, empowering states, institutions and communities to plan, implement and sustain innovative interventions. Therefore, managing knowledge effectively has recently been pinpointed as a principal element of TCTA’s corporate strategy to be a leading change agent in the development of innovative solutions to complex water security challenges.

The knowledge strategy of the organization commits that more efforts will be directed to how it creates, exploits and retains intellectual assets; how it builds internal relationships and external networks, and designs and sustains processes in support of knowledge flows; and how it tracks the translation of intangible assets into strategic intents and return on investments.

The four knowledge pillars adopted – water sector thought leadership, business value-add, synergistic partnerships, and learning organization – provide a pragmatic framework for knowledge management over the medium term. Together, they guide TCTA’s transformation to a knowledge organization and foremost change agent in the broader water sector, underscoring improvements in the cultural and operational aspects of learning and knowledge management, as well as catalyzing knowledge for innovation and development effectiveness among clients and stakeholders.

Keywords: Knowledge Agenda, Knowledge Management Strategy, TCTA, South Africa

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.145-158. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 749.428KB).

Prof. Ola Busari

Executive Manager: Knowledge Management, Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, Centurion, Centurion, South Africa

Ola Busari, erstwhile Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources, is currently Executive Manager for Knowledge Management at the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA), a state-owned liability management entity in South Africa, mandated to finance and develop bulk water infrastructure. Previously, Ola was Divisional Executive at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, primarily heading up the provision of specialized advisory services in support of infrastructure development across all sectors. Before joining the Bank, Ola served as Director with the then national Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in South Africa. As a full-time UN Expert for virtually all of the 1990s, he has worked closely with several governments, business entities and civil society organizations. Over the last two decades, Ola has undertaken and led international consultancy assignments for a wide variety of multilateral organizations, including the World Bank, AfDB, IFAD, CGIAR, UNDP, Unicef, UNOPS, UNFPA, WFP, WHO and the UN Secretariat, across issues as diverse as constitutional reform for good governance, income generation, institutional transformation and human capital development, infrastructure planning and development, and the rights of women and children. His publications profile includes well over a hundred papers and commissioned reports. A licensed civil engineer and an alumnus of the University of Chicago Advanced Environmental Isotopes Program and the Cambridge University Business and Environment Program for Senior Executives, Ola holds a doctoral degree in the optimization of water use.


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