President’s Report & Forum Update

  • The AGM should serve as a reminder to all of our existence: to exchange ideas, to learn and inspire, and to promote better leadership for a changing world. Affirming IWFSA locally and globally The IWFSA work this year built on the sterling foundation established here in South Africa and globally (working with the Washington DC office). As the current Board (appointed in 2011) we prioritized governance and fundraising to maximize efforts and ensure sound institutionalization towards sustainability. To this end we re-established the head office in Hyde Park and employed…

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Ms Wendy Ackerman

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Ms Wendy Appelbaum

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Ms Pumeza Bam

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Ms Zarina Bassa

Ms Zarina Bassa

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Ms Gail Cameron

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Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka-Mhinga

Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka-Mhinga

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Ms Gail Curtis

Ms Gail Curtis

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Ms Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane

Ms Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane

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Ms Yolandie De Jongh

Ms Yolandie De Jongh

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Ms Iris Dempsey

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Ms Veronica Devine

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Ms Lindani Dhlamini

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Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

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Ms Tina Eboka

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Ms Dot Field

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Dr Frene Ginwala

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Ms Pam Golding

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Ms Janine Hills

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Ms Joan Joffe

Ms Joan Joffe

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Ms Ursula Johnson

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Prof Carolina Koornhof

Prof Carolina Koornhof

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Ms Motshoanetsi Lefoka

Ms Motshoanetsi Lefoka

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Ms Lulu Letlape

Ms Lulu Letlape

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Ms Mpho Letlape

Ms Mpho Letlape

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Ms Wendy Lucas-Bull

Ms Wendy Lucas-Bull

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Ms Sindi Mabaso-Koyana

Ms Sindi Mabaso-Koyana

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Dr Nomonde Mabuya

Dr Nomonde Mabuya

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Dr Namane Magau

Dr Namane Magau

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Ms Nana Magomola

Ms Nana Magomola

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Dr Vuyo Mahlati

Dr Vuyo Mahlati

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Ms Zodwa Manase

Ms Zodwa Manase

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Ms Zanele Mbeki

Ms Zanele Mbeki

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Ms Totsie Memela

Ms Totsie Memela

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Major General Ntsiki Memela-Motumi

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Ms Nonhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube

Ms Nonhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube

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Ms Imogen Mkhize

Ms Imogen Mkhize

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Ms Tshidi Mokgabudi

Ms Tshidi Mokgabudi

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Ms Dolly Mokgatle

Ms Dolly Mokgatle

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Dr Anna Mokgokong

Dr Anna Mokgokong

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Ms Charlotte Mokoena

Ms Charlotte Mokoena

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Dr Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane

Dr Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane

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Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe

Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe

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Ms Futhi Mtoba

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Ms Lungi Ndlovu

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Ms Margaret Nienaber

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Prof Stella Nkomo

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Ms Judi Nwokedi

Ms Judi Nwokedi

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Ms Naledi Pandor

Ms Naledi Pandor

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Ms Riah Phiyega

Ms Riah Phiyega

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Ms Anne Pratt

Ms Anne Pratt

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Ms Bridgette Radebe

Ms Bridgette Radebe

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Ms Tryphosa Ramano

Ms Tryphosa Ramano

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Dr Narissa Ramdhani

Dr Narissa Ramdhani

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Ms Yegs Ramiah

Ms Yegs Ramiah

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Ms Maria Ramos

Ms Maria Ramos

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Ms Jane Raphaely

Ms Jane Raphaely

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Dr Hesphina Rukato

Dr Hesphina Rukato

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Ms Reinette van der Merwe

Ms Reinette van der Merwe

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Prof Sandra Van Der Merwe

Prof Sandra Van Der Merwe

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Ms Dorianne Weil “Dr D”

Ms Dorianne Weil “Dr D”

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Ms Annelize Wepener

Ms Annelize Wepener

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Dr Judy Dlamini

Dr Judy Dlamini

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Ms Dawn Nathan-Jones

Ms Dawn Nathan-Jones

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Ms Grathel Motau

Ms Grathel Motau

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Dr Beverley Damonse

Dr Beverley Damonse

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Ms Zeona Jacobs

Ms Zeona Jacobs

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Ms Barbara Lebogang Lombard

Ms Barbara Lebogang Lombard

General Nursing and Midwifery (Baragwanath Hospital, 1987), Certificate Programme in Industrial Relations (Wits Business School, 1991), Executive Development Programme (CTC,...

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Dr Claudia Manning

Dr Claudia Manning

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Dr. Carol-Ann Benn

Dr. Carol-Ann Benn

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Ms Isabella M. Makuta

Ms Isabella M. Makuta

Isabella is Group Corporate Affairs Director at Group Five since 2008. She holds an MBA (Bond University, Australia); a Post Graduate...

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Ms Ana Fasulakis

Ms Ana Fasulakis

Ana Fasulakis is the Chairman of Sure Travel. She is the largest shareholder of a company which is now a...

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Ms Jenna Clifford

Ms Jenna Clifford

Jenna Clifford began in the jewellery industry 27 years ago and launched her company, Jenna Clifford (Pty) Limited, in 1992....

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Ms Peta Nonceba Mashinini

Ms Peta Nonceba Mashinini

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Ms Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane

Ms Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane

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Ms Nolwandle Mboweni

Ms Nolwandle Mboweni

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Ms Khanyisile Kweyama

Ms Khanyisile Kweyama

Khanyisile assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer for Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) in January 2015. She aims to...

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Dr Konji Sebati

Dr Konji Sebati

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Ms Mokgadi Machaba-Abiodun

Ms Mokgadi Machaba-Abiodun

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Ms Nolitha Fakude

Ms Nolitha Fakude

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Ms Clara Priester

Ms Clara Priester

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Ms Maya Makanjee

Ms Maya Makanjee

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Ms Dineo Molefe

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Ms Gloria Mamba

Ms Gloria Mamba

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Ms Judy Weber Kern

Ms Judy Weber Kern

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Ms Zukie Siyotula

Ms Zukie Siyotula

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Ms Thandi Orleyn

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Ms Sue Brooks

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Dr Snowy Joyce Khoza

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Ms Shirley Machaba

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Ms Nobuzwe Mbuyisa

Ms Nobuzwe Mbuyisa

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Dr Hannelie Nel

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  • Designation Member

Providing Leadership
A fundamental issue for the on-going transformation in any organization into a service provider of the future, in particular, is leadership. Leadership at all levels to make things happen. As the leader, the key to managing such transformation was to institute an enterprise wide change management strategy whose key focus was to establish a credible case for change; mobilize support for the management team; communicate; effectively involve all people etc. In these circumstances it was my responsibility as the leader to build capacity to embrace change to ensure that any change initiatives that are focused on creating high performing teams are defined, developed and delivered in a timely manner.

Strategic Planning and Management
As a leader it was my responsibility to ensure that the process of making fundamental improvements in service delivery started with an understanding of the strategic intent, before being bogged down with operational issues and crisis management. An understanding of the entire value chain from the political imperatives which drove policy to how policy was developed and how it was implemented was crucial. This enabled everyone within the organization to not only understand their roles in a larger context but also enabled them in strategizing for the future.

Administrative Expertise
In all the jobs I held effective and efficient service delivery required the need to have a strong administrative support system for performance of core functions. This entailed improving the efficiency of functions in the various business units by making work processes better, faster and cheaper to achieve results. It was also my responsibility and the team I lead to prove the value of our administrative expertise by rethinking how work was done and where required, implement a system that allowed for sharing of information and certain services and created centres of expertise that gathered, coordinated and disseminated vital information about clients, processes, services etc.

Managing and Monitoring Performance of Staff
As both leader and manager I was responsible for establishing an effective control environment as part of my stewardship responsibility over the use of resources. I ensured that the management team set the tone through their actions, policies and procedures that resulted in a culture of positive control. Planning, implementing, supervising and monitoring formed fundamental components of a sound system of internal control. I subscribed (and still do) to the view that successful organizations are those that are able to quickly turn strategy into action, maximize employee contribution and commitment and create conditions for seamless change. Linked to strategic planning and management was the implementation of the performance management system for sections, business units and individuals where performance targets were set to manage staff towards specific outputs.

Stakeholder Management and Networking
The major portion of my latest working life was in local government and stakeholders included councillors, management, staff, trade unions, local communities, general public, higher levels of government, suppliers etc. Effective and efficient service delivery required that relationships with all these stakeholders be maintained. Successful implementation of service delivery programmes and projects sometimes required the organization I worked for to call on the expertise of key players in the broader community to act as source of local knowledge and ensure everyone works towards the stated objectives. The broader community, private sector and higher levels of government were very useful sources of additional ideas and resources.

Jenna Clifford began in the jewellery industry 27 years ago and launched her company, Jenna Clifford (Pty) Limited, in 1992. The company has manufactured some of South Africa’s most prestigious jewellery and trophies. Clifford was involved in the creation of the Businesswomen’s Association and received the 1997 Rentmeester/Rapport award for Most Inspirational and Beautiful Woman of South Africa. She was an honoree in the 1998 International Who’s Who of Professional and Businesswomen, nominated for achievements and contributions to society.

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  • Designation Founder Member, Designer, Empowerer, Director

Ana Fasulakis is the Chairman of Sure Travel. She is the largest shareholder of a company which is now a franchise with 133 members.

1 in 5 travellers in South Africa use Sure Travel offices for their travel arrangements.

Ana first entered the travel industry in 1962. She and her partner started Yale Travel which they sold to Rennies Travel in 1969. She became the first women director of Rennies Travel which became the 2nd largest group in South Africa. When it merged with Thomas Cook, Ana remained in control of sales and marketing for the group for some years.

She then started her own company once again, Travkor. She has been an avid support of women and in the early stages of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa, she was appointed to the executive council of Barclays Women’s Executive Club.

Ana and her company have won numerous awards in this industry and she is considered a Doyen. She has, and still is, handling some of the biggest companies travel and incentive travel requirements and is unequalled in South Africa.

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  • Designation Sure Travel (Chairman)

Isabella is Group Corporate Affairs Director at Group Five since 2008. She holds an MBA (Bond University, Australia); a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (WBS) School); a BA degree (NUL); a Diploma in Marketing Communication (Vega Brand School); Certificate in Labour Law ( UP); Diploma in Labour Law (GMIT); Certificate in Executive Development (GIBS, University of Pretoria and Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, USA respectively); and Strategic Public Affairs (Pinnacle, London UK). She is a certified Global Remuneration Professional.

Isabella is responsible for Group Five's Branding, Communications, Government and Public Affairs. She also heads Group Five's Basadi programme; a transformation initiative aimed at fast tracking the development and empowerment of female employees within the group as well as women owned businesses within the Construction and Built Environment sector.

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  • Designation Group 5 (Group Corporate Affairs Director)

Dr. Carol-Ann Benn is considered to be one of the top breast-cancer experts in South Africa. Her commitment and determination to the field has seen her help many women during their life changing struggle with this hereditary condition.

After working as a surgeon at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital for six years, in 1998, Carol-Ann was faced with the decision of which direction to take her career in.
With the help of Dr Myron Lange, a breast cancer specialist with 30 years experience, Carol-Ann learned about breast disease, which furthered her love for the subject. She has subsequently established a breast cancer clinic at three other hospitals: Baragwanath, Helen Joseph and Milpark. In addition to this remarkable achievement, Carol-Ann is a doctor who has built incredible loyalty to her patients and at Wits University, where she currently teaches.

This brilliant woman knew from a young age that healing was her calling, “I remember as a small girl telling my Dad that I want to do medicine, so that I can help people and make a difference.”

Choosing a specialization was not an easy choice, at first Carol-Ann spent most of her time in trauma surgery, but once she became a senior surgical registrar at a breast clinic in Johannesburg Hospital, she knew she was in the right place, “The previous surgeon in charge had retired and I immediately bonded with these rows upon rows of women. The stricken faces of those just diagnosed with cancer and the worried faces of those thinking that maybe their breast pain, nipple discharges or breast lumps were cancerous.”

A self-stated career highlight for Carol-Ann is having helped establish “world-class or reconstructive centres in private and Government hospitals, which offers counseling advice and holistic health.” The Breast Health Foundation that she has started is a national body, with the purpose of both patients and medical practitioners through the means of forums and outreach.

Balancing a career with family life is a struggle that most professional mothers endure, but Carol-Ann considers herself lucky. She receives good support from her family, especially her husband, and she works extremely hard, showing true dedication to her work and patients. She believes in empowering other people and does not believe in failure. “A person should look past weakness and seek your strengths. I strongly believe in reaching for my goals and obtaining them.”

An average day for her is non-stop busy, but fortunately she has been able to channel her sometimes hyperactivity into successful multitasking, often working past midnight. Yes, she can definitely be considered as a woman to look up to, as she has broken barriers in a very male dominated field, “I am often regarded by my male counter-parts as an oddity as I am the only woman in my field. I had to overcome the [patriarchal] attitudes of males who did not believe that I could succeed.”

Carol- Ann has certainly helped to bring empathy to medicine, “I had to teach my colleagues who were not seeing the greater picture to help people. I was the first woman to break through a male-dominated profession and make a success of my career.”

Carol-Ann’s daily inspiration is her patients, women with breast cancer. She is driven to provide the best possible health care for them and ensures that their health needs are met. She will often see a patient in her private practice, but then because of the patients financial constraints, refer them for surgery to a public hospital. She never turns anyone away and does not charge people who cannot afford to pay.

“I am a complete optimistic, an idealist who sees the whole picture and works toward it. I am extremely hardworking and don’t believe in failure.”

Consulting both women and men with breast problems in all walks of life and helping them is only part of what Carol-Ann’s job entails. Unlike most doctors, Carol-Ann gives her patients her cellphone number so that they can call her if they are having a difficult time.

The one thing that Carol has not yet achieved in her career or life that she hopes to is to see surgical breast units in Provinces throughout the country, and make every woman aware of breast examination and mammograms.

“The fact that breast cancer is not a flu and that it is not running around the body 24 hours has made us realize that there is no such thing as an emergency mastectomy, and the patient and not the doctor is the centre of the process.”

Carol has had many job offers from overseas, but she has resisted them. “This is not about the money”, she says, I love this country and would not think of moving.” And we as South African women are all the better for it, and for dedicated women like Dr. Carol-Ann Benn.

Claudia Manning’s career has spanned a number of roles in various economic sectors:

  • Infrastructure Investment: Financing and management of infrastructure investment projects
  • Project Finance: Sourcing and financing of private investment transactions,
  • Economic Development Consulting, and
  • Managing Director of an international professional services company.

Academic qualifications:
DPhil, University of Sussex.
MPhil, University of Sussex.
BA (Hons), University of KwaZulu-Natal.
BA, University of KwaZulu-Natal-Natal.

Directorships:
Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
Basil Read Holdings: Non-executive Director.
Sangena Investments: Non-executive Director
Mondi Zimele: Non-executive Chair

Additional Info

  • Designation ECI Africa (Managing Director)

General Nursing and Midwifery (Baragwanath Hospital, 1987), Certificate Programme in Industrial Relations (Wits Business School, 1991), Executive Development Programme (CTC, New School of Social Research, New York, 1995), International Registry of Organisational Professionals (Louw De Toit&Associates,UK), Telecommunications Network Engineering (Mathew Bolton, UK, 2000)

Ms Lombard was born and brought up in Soweto, Johannesburg. Ms Lombard has been an HR Practitioner for the past 20 years, having had the opportunity to work as an Industrial Relations Officer, Resourcing Specialist, HR Development Specialist, Talent Management and HR Generalist. In 2001, Ms Lombard moved out of HR to manage a division of Telecommunications Network Specialists looking after some of the top 100 companies Network Services.

Ms Lombard has had a good exposure working for local and global companies, within and out of SA, including Alexander Forbes, JP Morgan, Telkom SA, British Telkom, De Beers Consolidated Mines, Barclays Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. She was a Non–Executive Director at Jo’ Burg Theatre, Pro Musica and Soweto Theatre for the City of Jo’burg. Ms Lombard is currently a Non–Executive Director at, Pio Trans- Metro Bus, and BRT Rea Vaya.

Additional Info

  • Designation Corporate Services Executive

Zeona is the Director of Issuer and Investor Relations for the JSE. She is a senior executive with 20 years of experience in corporate, governmental and communications organisations.

In recent years she has worked in executive positions in listed companies, start-ups, turnarounds and companies in transitions in disciplines which include communications, regulatory, legal and, merges and acquisitions. These organisations include Altech, Multi-Links (Nigeria), Telkom Group, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Herd-buoys McCann, Cell C and Lobedu Leo Burnett.

Her contribution lies in her ability to work in highly complex situations, with clarity and structure. Her approach in environments of change is to determine who the core stakeholder groups are, what the context of the change is and then to build teams to effect sustainable change and delivery against the business objective. Her diverse experience and exposure gives her depth and breadth in the business environment. These include:

  • Executive and public positions: Senior management and executive positions in private and public companies; Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Cell C, Altech and Telkom.
  • International experience: She has worked across the African continent, the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. She was based in Nigeria for 18 months.
  • Board Directorship: Board membership in a wide variety of industries and companies including Nestle, Bankserv, Johannesburg Social Housing Company.
  • Innovation on a national scale: Successfully introduced and launched "Take A Girl Child to Work Day" for Cell C as their Corporate Social Investment programme in 2002.

Education and Credentials

  • Damelin College, Johannesburg, Business Management Programme
  • University of the Witwatersrand Business School, Management Advancement Programme
  • Aspen Institute of Leadership, Executive Leadership Training

Additional Info

  • Designation JSE (Director)

Ms Cookie Naidoo

Cookie Naidoo brings experience that has taken her from her administrative Executive Assistant role to Office Management with Board Support, Events Management and Stakeholder engagement at local and global levels. This she draws from her stint at SA Breweries and long career at the South African Post Office (SAPO) where she worked at the Postbank, SAPO International office and different divisions of SAPO.

Cookie has a deep passion talking to women on different levels who have life challenges or problems that prevent them from fulfilling their purpose in life. She values family time, reading, listening to gospel music and enjoys gardening and baking.

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