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Board Members

1Mr. Luthando Phillip Jack (Chairperson)
Jack has an impressive list of qualifications, including his National Diploma in Public Management & Administration (1998) from Eastern Cape Technikon, his BTech degree in Public Management (2003) from the former Port Elizabeth Technikon, his Master’s Degree in Commerce with a specialisation in Leadership Studies (2012) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and, most recently, his Bachelor of Philosophy in Information and Knowledge Management (2014) from Stellenbosch University. He began his career in 1999 as a Student Development Officer at the erstwhile Eastern Cape Technikon, going on to occupy positions that included Institutional Planner, Head of Transformation and Merger Manager. At the formation of Walter Sisulu University in 2005, he was appointed as Interim Director: Institutional Research and Planning and, in 2008, took up the Directorship of that department. From 2009 to 2011, he was appointed on a secondment basis to the position of Chief Risk Officer and Transformation Manager. During his time at Walter Sisulu University, he developed the WSU Transformation Charter and the WSU Student Life Turnaround Strategy, and facilitated the development of a WSU Management-Labour Charter, among others. He took up his appointment at ECSECC in October 2011.
2Ms. Zandile Matilda Kabini
Ms. Zandile Kabini qualifications include B Com (Informatics), BCom (Hons) Informatics, Diploma in Business Analysis, Management Development Programme (MDP) and several Corporate Governance certificates from the Institute of Directors South Africa (IODSA). Zandile areas of expertise includes Information and Communication Technology (ICT), corporate governance and corporate strategy & execution. She has 10 years’ experience serving on the Board of Directors and its Committees. Zandile currently serves on the Board of Ports Regulator of South Africa, SADC – Groundwater Management Institute, Broadband Infraco, Boxing SA and the Council of Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).
3Mr. Gilberto Pereira Martins
A highly experienced Proffessional within the Public and Private infrastructure sector (Architect), the Deputy Director General and Chief Operations Officer focused on strategic leadership and management in pursuit of driving organizations to new heights, at the same time delivering on government prioroties, who has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of Executive and senior managers and professionals to new levels of success in a range of services with social impact developments and delivery as per the mandate of the respective National or Provincial Departments and large private sector organizations. Strong track record of more than 24 years ( Senior Managers 10 years, Executive management 14 years) of hands on experience in Strategic Planning, Development and Implementation of outcome driven Turnaround strategies, Re-engineering of Procurement processes, “Business Unit” development, Project and Program Monitoring and Evaluation System Management,Financial Management and Scenario Planning both in the Public and Private sector. Proven ability to successfully analyse organization’s critical mandate delivery requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities, and develop innovation and cost-effective solutions for improving service delivery, enhancing competitiveness, ensure value for money, and improving community impact delivery. Proven track record of integration of Departmental Mandate and programs with Governments identified priorities, implementation of Turnaround Strategies and outputs linked to the National Development Plan and the National Infrastructure Plan to contribute to social cohesion and development.
4Dr. Azwitamisi Shadrack Nthangeni

Profile of Dr Azwitamisi Shadrack Nthangeni

Dr Nthangeni currently holds a position of Director Sport and Recreation at Tshwane University of Technology. His responsibilities as a Director of sport includes:

  • Chairing of the Directorate HR and Finance Committees.

Dr Nthangeni recently completed his Doctoral Degree in Organisational Leadership, the first organisational change in sport qualification in the African Context, with the topic: Organisational change management in Varsity Sports and Cup competitions among Universities in Gauteng Province.

He currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer in University Sport South Africa NEC. He is also Chairing the Finance Committee at USSA since 2017 to date. Dr Nthangeni was appointed to serve as an independent member of CATHSSETA REMCO until 2025.

Overall, Dr Nthangeni has published five research papers in peer reviewed journals, graduated a master’s degree student cum-laude and presented papers at four international conferences.

5Mr. Suren Maharaj
Suren Maharaj CA(SA) is a highly accomplished, results-driven Chief Financial Officer with 26 years of progressive experience in finance and operations management within start-ups and global multi-billion dollar multinational companies in the Sub-Sahara Africa markets in both the private (15 years experience) and public sectors (18 years experience). He is a seasoned Chartered Accountant who has streamlined business operations that increased efficiency resulting in profitable growth. He is also a Green Belt Digital Six Sigma professional with demonstrated ability in developing, implementing and/or enhancing financial controls and processes in addition to productivity improvements and change management. In recognition of his accomplishments as a CFO in successfully financially turning-around struggling SOEs and achieving clean audits, he was a nominated finalist for the annual CFO of the year awards in 2016, effectively making him a TOP 20 in South Africa in 2016. In a non-executive capacity he serves on various Boards and Councils at both National and Local Government SOEs, most notably serving as Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission which has achieved a clean audit for the past four consecutive financial years.
6Mr. Sakhiwe Michael Sodo

Mr. Sakhiwe Michael Sodo’s qualification include an Executive Development Programme (NMMU Business School), Results-Based Management (Wits Business School), Practical Labour Law Programme (NMMU), an Honours Degree in Bachelor of Arts (Unitra), a Higher Diploma in Education (Unitra), among others. He has worked as a public servant for various government departments including the Department of Education and the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture. When he retired from the public service, he was working as a Chief Director for Cultural Affairs in the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.

Prior to this, he served the same department as a District Director where he was instrumental in setting up both the King Sabatha Dalindyebo and the O R Tambo District, making them respectable brands in the Province of the Eastern Cape. He has served both amateur and professional boxing structures from the grass-roots to the national level for a very long time.

7Mr. Erick Nsikayezwe Sithole

He is the Founder and CEO of Nsikayezwe Management Consultants, a consulting company that seeks to provide better solutions to current and future business challenges. He is also the Founder and CEO of Nsikayezwe Global, a company that focuses on leadership challenges ranging from Societal, Corporate, Political and State affairs.

He continuously plants the seed of advancing humanity through instilling good leadership back to the heart of Africa. Currently, Mr. Sithole is serving on the following portfolios

  • Chairperson: Audit Committee : KZN Amafa and Research Institute
  • Chairperson: Risk Management Committee - Umhlabuyalingana municipality
  • Chairperson: Risk Management Committee - Indwedwe municipality;
  • Chairperson: Finance Committee - Harry Gwala Development Agency
  • Chairperson : Governance Committee – Harry Gwala Development Agency
  • Board member: Harry Gwala Development Agency
  • Audit and Performance Committee member of Okhahlamba municipality
  • Audit and Performance Committee member of Zululand District Municipality

He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) & Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (PGDipBMA) both from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. As a Professional Accountants (SA), He also holds the Post Graduate Qualification in Professional Accountancy (SAIPA), Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Internal Auditing (UNISA) and the National Diploma in Financial Management from Umfolozi FET College.

Despite his daily busy schedule, he still finds time to lecture at the Management College of Southern Africa (Mancosa) and Regent Business School.