Who We Are

Who We Are 2017-11-06T07:45:37+00:00


Mrs. Nokuzola Nelly Ehrens


Mrs Ehrens holds a BSc Degree in Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics and a Post Graduate Degree BPhil in Knowledge and Information Management from Stellenbosch University, among other qualifications. She was nominated on behalf of Women for the ICT Sector Council and is also the non-executive director of the SA Women in ICT Forum.She is a non-executive director of the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), prior to which she was employed by Ericsson South Africa (Pty) Ltd as a Strategic Business Development Director and the Chairperson of the Ericsson Employment Equity and Skills Development Committee.

She has previously served as a Non-Executive Director for Catalyst Human Asset Management and Chairperson of the SACF Outreach and Stakeholder Relationship Committee.

Mr. Raletlhogonolo Abram Tlhoaele (Andile)

Deputy Chairperson

Mr. Tlhoaele is the Deputy Chairperson of the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council and CEO of Inforcomm responsible for business development since 2005. Mr. Tlhoaele is the former member of the Presidential BEE Advisory Council’s Subcommittee on Instruments to Promote BEE, Verification and Charters; former chairperson of the Association of BEE Professionals (ABP) and former deputy chairperson of MICT SETA.

Mr. Tlhoaele is an expert on BEE policy development and implementation. He was part of the initial team of ICT industry leaders who drafted the B-BBEE ICT Charter in 2003 which was gazetted as a Sector Code in 2012. Mr. Tlhoaele has completed the BEE Management Development Programme at UNISA; Harvard Business School’s Key Executive Programme and Leading Your Small Business through Its Lifecycle programme in Boston, Massachusetts, US. He is a member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IoDSA) since May 2012.

Ms. Petronella Linders


Ms Linders represents the Government and in particular the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services where she is currently the Chief Director responsible for Gender Equity, Disability Mainstreaming, Youth Development and Children’s Empowerment and Protection. She is the former Commissioner and Deputy Chairperson of the National Youth Commission (NYC) now known as the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).

She was a member of the research team that drafted the Code of Good Practice on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities and Technical Assistance Guidelines as well as the South African input to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities the Code issued in 2003 and the Convention was adopted by the UN in 2007.

She represented the community constituency at NEDLAC for the submission on the “Economic Empowerment Program for Persons with Disabilities” at the Job Summit, and participated in the Development Chamber and the NEDLAC Executive Council from 1997 to 2003.

Ms. Sarah-Jane Capazario


Ms Capazario is a registered Skills Development Facilitator and specialises in Skills Development, Enterprise and Supplier Development, Socio-Economic Development and Employment Equity. She has over five (5) years of experience as a B-BBEE consultant in the Information and Communications Technology Sector. She has focused on B-BBEE training and B-BBEE consultation.

Ms. Pheladi Gwangwa


Ms Gwangwa was nominated by the Broadcasting industry; she holds a BProc LLB degree, as well as LLM in Communications Law. She has a good understanding of the media industry, including the regulatory environment, the political context within which the industry operates and the competitive global business environment.

Mr. Tshepang Lesiba


Mr Lesiba was nominated by Organised Labour. He holds a Diploma in Telecommunications Policy Regulation and Management (Wits University), National Diploma (N6) in Electrical Engineering Light Current (Tshwane South College) and has completed a Labour Law Advanced Program (UNISA). He currently holds the position of Provincial Deputy Chairperson in the Communication Workers Union and is serving on the Telkom Retirement Fund Board.

Mr. Frank Awuah


Mr Awuah holds BSc Engineering (Electrical/Electronics), Master of Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees. He is the Chairperson of the Technical Committee of the National Association of Broadcasters. He was nominated by the Broadcasting sub sector. He is currently working at the SABC as a Distribution Specialist: Spectrum.

Mr. Lucky Masilela


Mr Masilela holds a BSc Applied Physics and Electronics Engineering; he is currently the Chief Executive Officer for ZA Central Registry and a Board Director of .zadna, the ZA Domain Name Authority, and is the past Chairman of the South African Communications Forum (SACF).

Mr. Mduduzi Mkhonza


Mr Mkhonza is the President of the Black IT Forum and member of Presidential Working Group: Black Professionals. He holds a BSc (Computer Science and Economics) and MBA (Information Management and e-Commerce). He is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Akha-Unique Solutions, Managing Director of NG Networks and Director at 2063 Innovation Network Cooperative.

 Mr. Gavin Pieterse


Mr Pieterse is a subject matter expert in B-BBEE and organisational transformation as evidenced in his previous roles as Deputy President of the Black Management Forum (BMF), Deputy Chair of the BEE Commission, and Chairperson of the South African Wine Industry Trust. He was nominated by the ICT industry employers where he has served as Vice President of the Information Technology Association of South Africa (ITA) and he was also an Executive Director of IBM SA.

Ms Katharina Pillay


Ms Pillay is currently a Councillor at ICASA. She has a comprehensive knowledge of ICT sector matters, with 17 years of experience in the policy and regulatory environment.

Mr. Richard Poulton


Mr Richard Poulton was nominated by Organised Labour. He is an NEC member of the Communication Workers Union. He has a technical background in the ICT sector and has a Diploma in HRM and has completed certificates in Project Management, Telecoms Policy Regulatory and Management. He is currently an Operational Specialist in an ICT company and served on the Digital Dzonga Advisory Council and ISETT (now MICT) SETA.

Ms. Morwesi Ramonyai


Ms Ramonyai was nominated on behalf of the Youth Sector, she holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has completed an Executive MBA a UCT GSB; she is the Sherpa of G20 Young Entrepreneur South Africa (YESA), a Board Member of Business Development Subcommittee, Chairperson of Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP), and Independent Audit Committee Member of Metrobus and a former National Deputy President for Black IT Forum. She is an entrepreneur and previously founded and managed a B-BBEE Advisory business, Borena Consulting, and is the Managing Director of Borena Energy and CCO of The Sun Exchange.

Mr. Michael Adrian Schofield (Adrian)


Mr Schofield is a Fellow and Professional Member of IITPSA (the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa), where he is a current Vice President and Director. He was a member of the Working Group who supported the drafting of the B-BBEE ICT Charter in 2003, which was gazetted as a Sector Code in 2012. He has served in leadership roles for many local and international ICT sector associations for nearly 30 years and heads the Applied Research Unit at the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering.

Mr. Thulani Tshefuta


Mr Tshefuta was also nominated by Organised Labour. He has served on the following Boards: Presidential High Level Economic Council, Presidential Youth Working Group, Deputy Chairperson of the National Skills Authority (NSA), and National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC).

Mr Robert Makatu


Mr Makatu represents the Government and in particular the Department of Communications, where he is responsible for research, policy development and implementation in the Broadcasting sector. He holds Certificates in Policy Development & Management (Regenesys), Telecommunications Policy, Regulation & Management (Wits Business School) and Advanced Project Management (UNISA). He holds a BA Human & Social Sciences (Univen) and a University Educational Diploma (Univen). He received a UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning CONFINTEA Scholarship in 2016 to Hamburg, Germany. Mr Makatu has been or is a member of the following committees: Control of Marketing of Alcoholic Beverages Bill 2015 Task Team; Department of Trade & Industry Music Industry Strategy Development (2011); South African National Commission for UNESCO (to date).