Directors


BAcc, Dip Acc, CA (SA)

Independent non-executive director, Chairman of the YeboYethu Board, member of the Audit and Social and Ethics Committees.

Appointed Chairperson in June 2008.

Zarina is the Executive Chairman of Songhai Capital. She also serves as a non-executive director of Kuma Iron Ore Limited, Vodacom SA, Sun International, Woolworths, Investec, Oceana, Senwes and the FSB. Zarina was previously an executive director at Absa Bank and a member of the Absa Group executive committee, with accountability of Private Banking. Zarina joined Absa in 2002 as Managing Executive of Retail Banking, prior to which she was a partner at Ernst & Young where she spent 17 years across the Durban, United Kingdom and Johannesburg offices. She has also previously chaired the Public Accountants' and Auditors' Board and the Auditing Standards Board and has been a member of the Accounting Standards Board, the JSE's GAAP Monitoring Panel, the board of the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants' and Vice President of ABASA. Zarina was named Top Women in Business and Government in 2007 and Top Business Personality in Financial Services: Banking in 2008.

BCompt (Unisa)

Independent non-executive director and member of the Social & Ethics Committee.

Appointed in May 2013

Adele is the director of Diversity BBBEE and until February 2015 was the director responsible for BBBEE, Transformation & Diversity at UTi Africa. She is also the chairman of Alcon Marepha and a member of the boards of Cape Gate Marepha and the Thandi Foundation. Adele previously held the position as sales and marketing director at The Pacific Institute of South Africa. Prior to this, she was an executive director and an owner of FranklinCovey and has held a number of senior commercial and marketing positions at FranklinCovey since 2001 when she first joined. Prior to this she held financial positions in a re-insurance company

B Admin (University of Venda), Post Graduate Diploma in HR (UCT), MBA (UKZN), and also a graduate of the Vodafone Global HR Excellence Program.

Non-executive director and member of the Social & Ethics Committee.

Appointed in May 2017

Matimba is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Vodacom Group. Prior to this role, he was Managing Executive: HR for Vodacom South Africa until April 2014. Matimba has worked within the Vodacom/Vodafone Group since 2003 during which he worked in various roles within HR. He subsequently spent 3 years on secondment to Vodafone as Regional Head of Organisational Effectiveness & Change, and Regional Head of Talent within the Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific 'AMAP' region. Prior to his assignment to the Vodafone AMAP Region, Matimba was responsible for Talent Management at Vodacom for six years where he successfully delivered the integration of our talent strategy into the Vodafone global strategy. His previous experience includes key HR roles in blue chip companies such as BMW South Africa and Unilever.

Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Statistics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics & Statistics from the Nelson Mandela University (formerly University of Port Elizabeth)

Non-executive director

Appointed in October 2018

Neliswa is currently the General Manager of Thebe's Media & Telecommunications portfolio. A position she has held since March 2016. Prior to that, she spent over 10 years of her career in operations management and governance, corporate finance, investment advisory, indices research analysis and business analysis in various companies including Thebe Investment Corporation (Thebe) as the Executive Manager in the Chairman's Office, National Empowerment Fund, RisCura Consulting, Citi Bank South Africa, JSE Limited and Standard Bank Corporate Investment Bank. She is a Non-Executive Director at Kaya FM, Clear Asset, Thebe Connect, Discover Digital, New Africa Investments and Non-Executive Chairperson at Thebe Foundation Trust Investments. She also serves as a standing invitee on the Executive Management and Social, Ethics and Transformation Committees of the Thebe Board. She holds a Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Statistics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics & Statistics from the Nelson Mandela University (formerly University of Port Elizabeth). She also completed a Programme for Management Development with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). She is an MBA candidate at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Non-executive director

Appointed in October 2018

Udo joined the RBH Investments team in July 2016, where he currently heads the Resources and Industrials Portfolio. Prior to moving to RBH, Udo was a Senior Resource Finance Transactor in Rand Merchant Bank's Investment Banking division. Udo has extensive experience in the areas of BEE structuring and financing, and providing financing solutions to South African mining corporates.

Non-executive director

Appointed in October 2018

Katlego is an Investment Manager in RBH's Investment team and has over seven years' experience in investments. He joined RBH in 2011 and was appointed as a junior Investment Manager in 2012. He was part of the team that developed and executed the company's energy strategy and has specialised in multiple sectors including telecommunications, resources, media, asset management and property. Katlego is currently in the resources and industrials team focusing on the Telecommunications sector and represents RBH as a director on the boards of Liquid Telecoms South Africa, DHL Express SA, T-Jet Helicopters.

Non-executive director

Appointed in October 2018

Andile is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 7 years Investment Banking Experience. He currently works at Thebe Investment Corporation in the Business Development and Strategy division mainly dealing Power and Infrastructure. He currently is a board member of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm (RF) (Pty) Ltd, De Aar Solar Power (RF) (Pty) Ltd and Droogfontein Solar Power (RF) (Pty) Ltd. He is Chairman of Audit Committee for Accentuate Ltd, an Altex listed company on the JSE. He previously worked at Absa Capital's Investment Banking Advisory for 2 years as an Associate Director. The main transactions he was involved were take private of Cipla Medpro SA by Cipla India, sale of ABSA stake in ABSA Private Equity and also empowerment transaction of the De Beers Diamond Trading division. Prior to working at ABSA Capital he was an Associate Director at HSBC's Investment Banking Advisory division where he worked for 5 Years. The main transactions he worked on were the sell down of MTN Nigeria by local partners to MTN Group, privatisation of Gabon Telecoms and sale of Transnet non-core assets. He spent almost two years at PriceWaterhouse Coopers Corporate Finance (Valuation and Strategy division). He did his articled at SizweNtsaluba VSP.

Busisiwe Silwanyana

Non-executive director

Appointed in February 2019

In 1999, Busi qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) after serving articles at Deloitte & Touché. Busi is currently serving as a Non-Executive Director of Stefanutti Stocks Limited, a member of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee. Busi is the Executive Director of Hugiano Health Group (Pty) Ltd. She spent 15-years in Banking across both Corporate & Investment Banking and Business Banking divisions. Initially, Busi spent time at ABSA Corporate & Investment Banking. Subsequently, she joined Standard Bank Group's Corporate & Investment Banking where she spent about 10-years across the Johannesburg and United Kingdom offices with responsibilities in Structured Finance, where she also served as an Executive. Over a 4-year tenor at Standard Bank Group's Business Banking Busi held a number of senior positions as an Executive heading the Lending business, the Mid-Corporate Segment, the Medium- Enterprises Segment as well as the Franchising Segments. Busi then joined Royal Philips N.V.'s Africa business based in Johannesburg, and spent 3-years heading its Philips Capital business covering Africa. Busi has previously served as a member of the SAICA Education Committee and as Director on the Board of SAICA's Thuthuka Education Upliftment Bursary Fund.

Lea Conrad (Alethea Conrad)

BA LLB (Rhodes)
Management Advancement Programme (Wits Business School) International Executive Development Programme (London Business School & Wits Business School)

Managing Director at Conrad Advisory, a professional advisory firm with executive and practical experience in business and corporate compliance (including B-BBEE), programme & project management, risk management and sustainability. Lea also serves as a non-executive director on the board of African Phoenix Investments Limited, is Chairman of the Remuneration, Nominations, Transformation, Social and Ethics Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. She is also an independent trustee on the Oceana Empowerment Trust.

Lea previously served as an executive director for 9 years on the board of Oceana Group Limited her most recent role being Group Strategic Services Director. She held positions on the Social Ethics and Transformation Committee and the Risk Committee. Lea was a member of the executive committee for 12 years, held the position of Chairman of the Oceana Empowerment Trust from its inception in 2006 and held various other subsidiary directorships. During a 16-year tenure at the Group Lea held multiple positions across the group, including Managing Director of a Fishing Division, Head of Property, Group Transformation Manager, Commercial Director and Commercial Manager. Lea previously served as a Trustee at TSiBA, a private not for profit business school. Prior to joining Oceana, Lea held legal advisory and strategy positions at Transnet Limited. She qualified and practised as an attorney in Gauteng, becoming the firm's first black director in 1992.

Non-executive director

Appointed in April 2019

Thabo is the CEO of Baphalane Ba Mantserre Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd. He also serves as a non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit committees of Hyprop Investments Ltd, Avior Capital Markets Ltd, 4AX (Pty)Ltd and Baphalane Siyanda Chrome Company (Pty) Ltd (BSCC). Thabo was previously the Head of Business and Treasury of the Royal Bafokeng Nation (RBN) and served on numerous boards in the RBN group. He also served as a non-executive director of Rand Merchant Insurance Limited , Impala Platinum Limited, York Timbers Limited, Master Plastics Limited and SA Coal Mines Limited. Thabo was also a senior lecturer (Accounting and taxation) and Finance Manager of the University of Bophuthatswana (now University of North West). He served the Office of the auditor General as a Center Manager and the North West Parks and Tourism Board as Finance Manager.