Chairperson, Stakeholder Relations and Transformation
Background: Spent considerable amount of time (12 years) in IT industry specializing in Business Analysis within the financial services sector. Spent 7 years as a Business Analyst with Standard Bank of South Africa Limited, a further 5 years with a multinational private IT solutions provider, Temenos both as a Business Analyst and a Project Manager. Spent a further 2 years with Credit Bereau TransUnion ITC as a Business Process Re-engineering manager. Spent 9 years travelling throughout Africa and Europe implementing banking software solutions. Trained and supported treasury, risk management and retail platforms. Was introduced to BEE in 2004 and has been involved ever since. Was a business partner and Managing Director of NERA Gauteng.
Qualification: Diploma in Information Technology, Post Grad Diploma in Business Administration, and an MBA (University of KwaZulu-Natal).
Experience: At least 8 years of BEE experience, special interest in systems development, BEE verification, Member of Black Management Forum, Project Management, Risk Management, Financial services, (banking operations experience), Systems analysis, Data analysis, Business Process Re-engineering.
Interest and background: Traveling.
Name of business and title: Ardent Business Partners (Pty) Ltd, Founder and CEO.
Deputy Chairperson and Professionalization
Background: Kate is a former Chairperson of ABVA and has held a number of senior strategic positions in the empowerment arena, including as CEO of Ntsika Enterprise Development Agency (now SEDA), and Transformation Task Force leader at the DBSA. She is also a current and past director of several public and private sector companies and a member of the Broad Based Ownership Task team set up by the Minister of Trade and Industry.
Experience: Apart from the normal verification of different sizes of companies, Kate has led a number of large scale B-BBEE projects, amongst others the first and second reviews of compliance by the Mining industry with the Mining Charter and as a co-author of the Second Baseline Study for the dti.
She led the comprehensive commentary on the Amended B-BBEE Codes by ABVA members, to the dti. She also led the development of the Technical Implementation and Verification manual of the Tourism Sector Code for the Tourism department of (awaiting the release of the TAG and the final verification manual). Moloto Solutions also conducts training on the Amended Codes for its clients. She is thus acutely aware of the ambiguities, errors, omissions and unintended consequences of the Amended B-BBEE Codes, and has had to find a way of explaining related requirements to practitioners.
The previous and current director and strategic positions have allowed her to be part of the research, development and over-sight of various empowerment policies and strategies.
Qualifications: She holds a B Com, a CTA (and articles), a Certificate in Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management, a CIA (Certified Internal Auditor Qualification), a B-BBEE MDP and FSB Representative 1 qualification.
Name of business and title: Kate is the CEO / Managing member Moloto BEE Verifications, a verification agency, and Moloto Solutions, an empowerment/ financial management consultancy.
Background: Deon and has been involved with Black Economic Empowerment at various levels since 2004. He is CEO of Veri-Com and Group CEO of the Gestalt Group. Veri-Com employs more than 25 people and continue to grow. The Gestalt Group focus mainly on BEE and its opportunities and challenges. Gestalt has facilitated a number of major BEE transactions.
Experience: Deon has extensive expertise on BEE verification, BEE legislation, consulting, enterprise development, turnaround strategies, mergers and acquisitions, rural development and empowerment investment. He has a passion for entrepreneurial business development and was a mentor in the Plato SMME mentorship programme.
He was part of the University of the Western Cape core team that were contracted by dti to do the 2nd Baseline Study on the impact of B-BBEE in terms of overall transformation and implementation within the public and private sectors – 2013. Prior to entering the BEE space he drove a business turnaround as CEO of a listed company and before that was co-founder and COO of a technology investment business.
Qualifications: MBA – Wits Business School
M Engineering (Industrial) – University of Pretoria
Honours B. Engineering (Quality Assurance) – University of Pretoria
Mechanical Engineer’s Certificate of Competency: Mines and Works
Mechanical Engineering – Stellenbosch University
Interests: He is a Master Scuba Diver and an avid wildlife and 4×4 enthusiasts.
Name of business and title: Veri-Com (Pty) Ltd, Co-founder and CEO.
Background: Mr. Mkhwanazi was KZN Provincial Financial Controller in Community Based Public Works Programme (CBPW) and also a member of Co-ordinating Committee. He was an Advisory Board Member of Embizeni Innovation Support Centre in 2005.
Qualifications: University of Zululand – B. Com. (Accounting)
SAIPA – Practicing Member – Professional Accountant (SA) NQF 7
UNISA- BEE – MDP NQF 7
Kalideen Management Services – Project Management (NQF 5)
Management & Leadership Academy – Manager Development and Leadership Development
Coastal KZN FET & Syntra-Midden Vlaanderen – Training of the Trainers for Development of SMME’s
Name of business and title: Inkomba Verification Agency, Verification Manager.
Background: Her employment career spans 8 years in Commerce and industry, 15 years of lecturing and currently the Technical & Standards Executive of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA).
Experience: Her current position involves among other things, providing technical support to professional accountants; making comments on proposed new or amendment to legislation and accounting standards. Lobbying with government on behalf of professional accountants and the Small and Medium sized Entities. She represents SAIPA at various international and national stakeholder meetings such as International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Small and Medium sized Practitioners, Edinburgh Group; South African Revenue Services (SARS); Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC), Accounting Standards Board (ASB) and various others and Faith is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Qualifications: Faith holds a Masters in Accountancy degree from the University of Natal in 2003. Faith is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA), Chartered Secretary and a Professional Accountant (SA).
Name of business and title: South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) Acting Chief Executive.
Julia Teboho Nzimande
Background: Before joining Sage BEE123, Julia worked for the Department of Trade and Industry for ten years. Initially as deputy director at the Industrial Development Division and later deputy director BEE Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement at the B-BBEE Chief Directorate. In her position she was part of the team that managed the effective development, gazette and implementation of the Sector Charters and related B-BBEE legislation, policies and strategies. Her passion is the development and implementation of policies and strategies for the transformation and growth of the South African economy.
Qualifications: Julia studied Law in the Netherlands and holds an LLM degree. Tax Certificate from UNISA, Postgraduate Certificate in Economic and Development Policy (Honours).
Interests: Interests are family, yoga, swimming, reading good books and enjoying life.
Name of business and title: SAGE BEE 123, Strategic Partnership Manager.
Mark van Wyk
Background: I am a self-motivated change agent who has been in leadership positions in Education and Business since 1994. An Entrepreneur, Economic Activist and Motivator, Member of National Business Initiative KZN Board, Chairman Prospecton Business Forum, Elected Council Member Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Council Member: KZN Climate Change Council.
Experience: Specialties: Capacity building of Private and Public Sector Procurement officials in BBBEE, Advocacy : Sessions on any area of Broad – Based BEE Assist Multinationals to SMME’s to comply with all BBBEE legislation and regulation and achieve the best scores in terms of their sector scorecards.
Name of business and title: RLJ Phoenix Consulting, CEO.
Qualifications: Chartered Accountant (SA), B Com and CTA – University of Cape Town
Name of business and title: ActivPro Business Solutions cc, Director.
Is the inaugural President of the Enterprise Development Council of South Africa. He is also a co-founder and Director of Atios Capital, a fund management and consultancy firm specializing in Developmental Finance and Enterprise & Supplier Development. Sisa is the former Head of Enterprise Development for Absa Group where he designed and implemented the Financial Sector’s leading Enterprise Development Programme, winning the Best SME Development Support award for 3 consecutive years. He is a regular market commentator and thought leader in matters Enterprise and Supplier Development.
CEO: TOURISM SA
Is a socio-economic development champion and has twenty years working experience in the financial services, investments, logistics and consulting industries.
In 1999, with two colleagues, she founded Utho Financial Services offering corporate finance, pure accounting and short term insurance services. Utho conducted numerous due diligences for MTN during their initial Africa expansion period. Vuyo later had a stint at corporate and business banking divisions of Nedbank and Standard bank respectively where she looked after an extensive portfolio of Public sector clients in all spheres of government including State Owned Enterprises. She left banking and joined FleetAfrica, a subsidiary of SuperGroup, as a business development director responsible for the sales and marketing function. She was part of the Executive Committee at FleetAfrica, driving the sales growth strategy for the company.
She founded VuMaLi Empowerment Advisors (“VuMaLi”) in 2007. As CEO of the company Vuyo drives the company strategy and growth.