Who We Are

Who We Are2020-05-28T14:41:45+02:00

SECTOR COUNCIL BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Raletlhogonolo Abram Tlhoaele (Andile)

Chairperson

Mr. Tlhoaele was elected as Chairperson of the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council in 2018 and re-elected in March 2020. He is the CEO of Inforcomm, founded in 2005. His day-to-day activities include managing his companies that operate in various sectors including IT, Telecoms, electronic instrumentation, B-BBEE consulting and PR, design and marketing.

Tlhoaele has vast knowledge on B-BBEE policy development and implementation. He was one 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. He is also the former member of the Presidential B-BBEE Advisory Council’s Subcommittee on Instruments to Promote B-BBEE, Verification and Charters, former chairperson of the Association of B-BBEE Verification Agencies now called ABP and former deputy chairperson of MICT SETA.

Tlhoaele studied a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering (incomplete) at Wits Technikon now the University of Johannesburg. He completed the B-BBEE Management Development Programme with Unisa, the Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Key Executive Programme and Leading Your Small Business Through Its Life Cycle in Boston, Massachusetts US.

Tlhoaele is a keen golfer, loves books and enjoys sharing mistakes learnt from founding Inforcomm with other entrepreneurs.

Ms. Zuki Nzo

Deputy Chairperson

A lifetime student with a background in Economics from North West University (Potchefstroom, SA), Ms Nzo holds a master’s degree in Regional Development Studies from Toyo University (Tokyo, Japan) with focus in social policy on socio-economic inclusion of People with Disability. Currently employed as Senior Manager in Research and Development by the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities, Ms Nzo was appointed to the ICT Council from February 2020.

She has worked in local economic development, resource mobilisation & stakeholder liaison positions.  An injury which left her paralysed created her interest in social transformation and inclusion, where she worked as senior disability equality facilitator under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Ms Nzo undertook other voluntary advocacy work, while serving on various government and NPO committees aimed at promoting inclusion, such as the Presidential Working Group on Disability, The South African Disability Development Trust, the Department of Public Works Disability Advisory forum and as the Wings for Life World Runs Ambassador for 4 years, aimed at finding a cure for spinal cord injury.

Ms Nzo was selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow, founded a social enterprise on diversity and inclusion, co-created a theatrical piece aimed at educating society, corporate and government on inclusion in the workplace and was thereafter recognized by the Gauteng Office of the Premier as the Gauteng social transformation gold award winner.

Interests: Social Justice, Social Policy, Public Policy, Diversity and Inclusion, Disability, International Law, Comparative Studies, Transformation.

Ms. Sarah-Jane Capazario

Member

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 ten 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. Capazario served as a councillor of the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council for the First Term of 4 years and was re-appointed from February 2020. She has been an active member of the Council, leading the Review and Amendments sub-committee as its Chairperson. In addition, Ms Capazario was also appointed as the deputy chairperson of the Monitoring and Guidance sub-committee and served on both the Marketing and Communications sub-committee and the Strategy Governance Risk and Finance sub-committee. She continues to Chair the Review & Amendments Sub-committee.

Mr. William Ledwaba

Member

Mr Ledwaba was appointed to the ICT Council from February 2020. He is the Chairperson of the Gauteng Provincial Executive of the Professional Blacks in Information & Communication Technology (PBICT) and has more than 12 years of experience in the ICT sector. His roles include: promoting the 4th industrial revolution within schools and events, adjudicating ICT development programs within hackathons and innovation summits, advising government on ICT policy, and advocating for inclusion of black SMMEs in the ICT Sector.

Mr Ledwaba also served as an advisory member of the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) Industry Transformation Unit with an aim of increasing the number of black SMMEs participating in overall government ICT spending; to strengthen the ICT standards, security and policies governing the ICT infrastructure of government and ensure that such do not create barriers to opportunity access for Black SMMEs; to create programmes which are aimed at training, supporting and developing SMMEs so that they have the capacity to participate in opportunities presented by government and the private sector in the ICT sector.

Mr Ledwaba also served on the CSIR Internet for All infrastructure working group, guiding Government on policy implementation for internet in underserviced areas, 5G implementation, ICT and SA Connect infrastructure rollout. His aim was to ensure that SMMEs participate in the value chain of rolling out connectivity throughout the country

Mr Ledwaba is a System Engineer by profession with Dell Technologies, where he is a trusted technology advisor, makes technical and sales presentations to technical staff and top management, develops and executes strategic initiatives, anticipates technology and/or market trends and provides guidance.

. Mr Ledwaba has a Diploma in Project management, a Diploma in Business Analysis, a Certificate in System Engineering and international certificates in cloud, datacentre and architecture and he is currently studying BCOM Information Technology Management.

Mr. Tshepang Lesiba

Member

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 Lesiba served as a councillor of the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council for the First Term of 4 years and was reappointed from February 2020. He has served as deputy chairperson of the previous Strategy Governance Risk and Finance sub-committee and member of the Guidance & Monitoring sub-committee.

Ms. Stefani Lockman

Member

Ms Lockman was appointed from February 2020 and is a Legal Professional (LL. B Baccalaureus Legum Degree) with seven years of professional working experience. She is the current Director and Chairperson of Webber Cooper Lockman Inc. Her areas of specialty are Corporate Law, Labour Law, Municipality/Parastatal advisory, Debt Collection, ICT Law and Civil and Commercial Litigation.

Ms Lockman is the Chairperson of the ICT Council’s Strategy, Governance & Risk Sub-committee.

Her Professional Memberships & Associations include: National Chairperson of Progressive Blacks in ICT (PBICT); Member of the South African Women’s Lawyers Association; Member of the ad hoc committee of the Magistrates Court: Civil Section.

Ms Lockman is continuing her studies as follows: Public and Development Management Diploma NQF 8 (Current) and Master of Commerce in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Enrolled).

Ms. Lynda Marthinus

Member

Ms Marthinus is the Executive Head: B-BBEE/ Transformation – Vodacom Group of Companies and subsidiaries in South Africa and was appointed to the ICT Council in February 2020.

Ms Marthinus was a drafting team member of the ICT Charter (2004 to May 2005) and ICT Sector Code (2011 to 2012) and served as advisor on Presidential B-BBEE Council on the amendments to the B-BBEE Act. She served as advisor on the Presidential Commission for 4IR on legislation readiness for 4IR.

Ms Marthinus has been the recipient of the Vodacom CEO award three times for her contribution to transformation and was the lead deal structure developer for R3.5bn portion of Vodacom’s R16.4bn B-BBEE deal.

She is Chairperson of the Transformation Council for the South African Communications Forum (SACF) and has spent 12 years engaged in ICT regulatory affairs.

Mr. Kganki Matabane

Member

Mr Matabane is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Black Business Council. He is a highly experienced public and private sector professional business executive with more than 25 years operational and strategy execution including doing business in the African continent covering the telecommunications, power utilities, rail logistics, motor retail, Bus Rapid Transport and mining sectors. He has held many leadership and board roles. He was appointed to the ICT Council in February 2020.

He has previously served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of SENTECH SOC Ltd, Executive Director of Operations and Transformation Policy at Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and Finance and Operations Director of the Black Management Forum.

His academic qualifications include a Master of Business Leadership (UNISA SBL), Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)), National Diploma (TWR now UJ) and a Baccalaureus Technologiae (B-Tech) in Cost and Management Accounting (TSA now UNISA).

Current Directorships: Non-executive Director, Sandown Motor Holdings (a Mercedes Benz SA company) and Independent Non-executive Director (Operations) and REMCO Chairman: KTVR Bus Service (Pty) Ltd.

Mr. Trevor Msimang

Member

Mr Msimang was appointed to the ICT Council in February 2020 and his role at MTN is General Manager B-BBEE. He is responsible for providing strategic direction to the Group on Transformation and Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) related priorities, through the development and implementation of MTN’s Transformation strategy.

Mr Msimang is seen as a successful and perceptive transformation leader with a career spanning over 15 years in B-BBEE with JSE listed entities and a multinational company. He has a proven track record in B-BBEE strategy formulation and implementation, strong technical understanding of the B-BBEE legislative framework and its allied policies, strong knowledge of procurement, skills development and employment equity processes.

Notable amongst his achievements is his involvement in the successful industry negotiations of the alignment of the Financial Sector Code with the 2007 and 2013 dti Generic Codes of Good Practice.

Mr Msimang chairs the ICT Council’s Guidance & Monitoring Sub-committee.

Mr. Siyabonga Msweli (Richard)

Member

Mr Msweli is a Group Executive Director for software development firm Adapt IT and was appointed to the ICT Council in February 2020. He has worked in various industries where he practised manufacturing, engineering, technology, leadership, governance and stakeholder management skills.

As Group Executive for New Markets, he provides leadership, influence and decision-making initiatives within the business and Group committees. He has a passion for IT and innovation.

Mr Msweli holds an MSc Information Technology Management qualification and is certified as a Manufacturing Operations Management Practitioner (MOM), Six Sigma Black Belt, Project Management Professional (PMP) and in ITIL.

Mr Msweli is a member of the following Boards, Committees and Associations:

  1. Adapt IT (Pty) Ltd Board
  2. Non-Executive board member of the Manufacturing Enterprise Execution Association (MESA),
  3. Member of the merSETA Governance and Strategy Committee,
  4. Member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA),
  5. Member of the International Society of Business Leaders (ISoBL),
  6. Member of the Project Management Institute; and
  7. Member of the international association of Automation (ISA).

Mr. Ndiyakholwa Ngqulu

Member

Mr Ndiyakholwa Ngqulu was appointed to the ICT Council in February 2020 and is currently residing in Mthatha, Eastern Cape where he works for Eastern Cape eSkills CoLab, a special project in Walter Sisulu University with a mandate to develop rural communities with ICT. His role is Stakeholder and Training manager. Mr Ngqulu was Nominated by South African Youth Council (SAYC) where he is also a member of its National executive committee.

He serves on the Eastern Cape Education Advisory Council, chairing the committee “maintaining the gains”. Through SAYC deployment he also serves in number of NEDLAC committees such as Jobs Summit SMMEs and Expropriation Bill. Lastly, he serves in the EC ICT group.

Mr Ngqulu has a background in research, innovation, community engagement and facilitation.

Ms. Nombulelo Ntloko

Member

Ms Ntloko is a Social Auxiliary Worker for the Northern Cape Department of Social Development. She is a Unionist, an Educationalist, a Community Developer and a Women’s Empowerment Ambassador. Ms Ntloko was appointed to the ICT Council from February 2020.

She holds a National Certificate in Social Auxiliary and a National Diploma in Management Assistant from the Northern Cape College. Ms Ntloko has served in various roles at NEHAWU. She has also served in the structure of the Young Communist League and was elected Provincial Deputy Secretary in the 4th YLCSA Northern Cape Provincial Committee.

Ms Ntloko played a major role in the Joe Slovo Right to Learn Campaign and has championed a number of campaigns that paved a way in policy development by Government, including: Supplying Schools with Sanitary Towels, Farm School Learner Transport Program, Extended Nutritional Program after School program, Read to Learn and Learn to Read Campaign – in which she is still involved and Food and Clothing Bank for the Needy (a project for socialism in our lifetime).

Mr. Delton Nxumalo

Member

Mr Nxumalo was appointed to the ICT Council from February 2020 and has been involved in the Information Technology Systems Engineering field for 13 years. He has worked for various public sector clients, such as a Consultant for the Department of Home Affairs and for the Department of Labour.

Mr Nxumalo is the Business Operations Manager and Founder of Vuxeni Information Technologies, an independent development specialist company. He is a director of Ezwenilethu IT Consulting, Langa Capital Holdings and Siyabusa Engineering.

He is the Chairperson of the Black IT Forum (BITF) in Mpumalanga and is also Chairperson of Mbombela Miniacs, a non-profit organisation community development movement that is helping the youth.

Mr Nxumalo holds a BSc Honours in Computer Science and is Certified in Prince 2 Project Management and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist.

Mr. Matsebe Phasha

Member

Mr Phasha is a businessperson with affiliations to business organisations as well as social development focused organisations. Mapudi Phasha Investments Holding (MPIH) (Pty) Ltd currently employs him as Operations Director with interests in numerous sectors. He is heading the ICT arm of MPIH, being ProConSol and MoveeCom Systems. Mr Phasha is also secretary of the Limpopo ICT Forum. He serves on the boards of Lepelle Northern Water and Media Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA). He is also provincial deputy chairperson of Small Business Empowerment Unity (SBEU) Limpopo.  He was appointed to the ICT Council from February 2020.

Mr Phasha holds B.Comm in Accounting & Information Systems, B.Comm Honours in Information Systems and numerous certificates including Programme in Project Management, Introduction to Information Security amongst others and is currently studying for a Master in Business Administration (MBA). He is a member of professional bodies such as Institute of Directors of South Africa and Institute of Risk Management of South Africa

Mr Phasha has participated in many local and international innovation initiatives and is passionate about Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D).

Adv. Dimakatso Qocha

Member

Adv. Dimakatso Qocha serves as a Council member at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). She is an ICT Policy and Regulatory Specialist with particular focus on broadcasting. Her career in the ICT sector began in 2004 at Sentech. She was part of the team that contributed to the promulgation of the Electronic Communications Act and the ICASA Amendment Act.

She later joined the National Association of Broadcasters as Deputy Executive Director. During her tenure, she was involved in the formulation of broadcasting policy and regulatory submissions to the Regulator and Parliament, which changed the landscape of the industry. She was further instrumental and party to negotiations on needletime royalties between broadcasters and collecting societies.

She previously served as a Non-Executive Director and chairperson of REMCO at the Road Accident Fund. Currently, she serves on the Council of the National Film and Video Foundation and chairs the HR&E committee of that Council. She serves on the board of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism on a voluntary basis and has been appointed as the chairperson of its board effective from March 2020. She is a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa.

Adv Qocha holds an LLB degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Interpretation and Drafting of Contracts, among other qualifications. She was admitted as an Advocate in 2006.

Adv Qocha replaced Ms Katherina Pillay as the ICASA representative during the First Term of the ICT Council and continues to do so for the Second Term.

Ms. Natasha Reuben

Member

Ms Reuben currently holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) through the Management College of Southern Africa as well as a Certification in the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Management Development Program through the University of Witwatersrand. She has held several strategic roles and holds the responsibility for formulating Dell’s strategy on B-BBEE and Social Impact.

Ms Reuben is the recipient of local accolades such as the 2018 NB Award for Top Performing Business Leader in SA. Her contributions have been instrumental in helping organizations with competitive transformation strategies and the design of sound HR principles and Policies.

Ms Reuben is the Director and Co-Founder of the Khulisa Academy in which she has advocated for a program that not only contributes towards more innovative skills development but one that educates more women in the field of High-Performance Computing. She recently completed an Executive Program with The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Artificial Intelligence and its Impact in Business.

She is an active contributor within the South African IT industry, serving as an Executive Member of the Information Technology Association, the Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Transformation Committee and she served as a Councillor of the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council during part of the First Term and has been re-appointed for the Second Term. Ms Reuben is also the CEO and founder of the Excellous Group, a consulting firm that assists organizations with both Transformation and HR services.

Ms. Suzan Seabi

Member

Ms Seabi holds a BCompt degree (Financial Accounting & Auditing) from UNISA, Management Advance Program (Wits Business School), a certificate in Project Management (Wits Business School) and a Certificate in Customer Relationship Marketing (UNISA). She also attended a Global Leadership Program from Duke Corporate University. Ms Seabi is a Skills Development Facilitator, Assessor and Moderator. She is a former Chairperson of Black Management Forum Northwest, former Chairperson of Business Against Crime NW and currently serves on the board of Unemployment Insurance Fund Appeals committee in NW. She has a comprehensive knowledge of the financial services sector where she worked for +/- 20 years.

She is currently a Director and an entrepreneur.

Ms Seabi chairs the Finance Sub-committee of the ICT Council.

Ms. Sonwabise Sebata

Member

Ms Sebata was appointed to the ICT Council from February 2020. She volunteers as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the South African Women in ICT Forum where she ensures that diversity and inclusion are on the agenda of South Africa’s ICT sector and ICT-enabled industries related to policy inclusion, advocacy, funding and investments for women-owned ICT business and training and capacity building. She also sits on several committees where she advocates for diversity and inclusion, women in tech, and pragmatic solutions to some of Africa’s most pertinent challenges.

Her full-time role is heading up the global policy and government affairs division for Southern and East Africa for a global advocacy and sustainable impact NGO, Global Citizen. Previously, she headed up the public relations and communications division for Africa for a global data and analytics company, Refinitiv and before that she held the same position at Cisco Systems.

She has held global directorship roles on the Boards of Cisco Systems South Africa (Pty) Ltd and Thomson Reuters Africa.

Ms Sebata was also a South African diplomat based at the South African High Commission in New Delhi, India. She has cross-continental working experience covering the whole of the Europe, Middle East and Africa region as well as China and India.

She is currently pursuing her studies towards an MBA with the African Leadership University School of Business. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in International Affairs and Diplomacy from UNISA and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand. She also holds international certificates in Introduction to Financial Accounting and Marketing, both of which are from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Shumikazi Sontange

Member

Ms Sontange was appointed to the ICT Council from February 2020. She is the General Manager, Procurement at the South African Post Office. She holds a BSc (Chemistry) from 1988.

Ms. Sibongile Thulo (Minki)

Member

Ms Thulo started as a fine artist from the National School of The Arts and has over 16 years of experience within the media production and broadcasting industry. Her expertise reflects having worked across multi-disciplines with the private and public sector.  Ms Thulo was appointed to the ICT Council from February 2020.

She served and worked with institutions such as The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC), The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Regional Film Commissions, The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), MultiChoice Group, Nu Metro Film Distribution (aka Empire Films), Econet Media and MSG Afrika Group. Her experience in intellectual property monetization resulted in her working with international Hollywood studios and multi-platform broadcasting platforms across Africa.

Ms Thulo has practised in industry development and regulation, digital product development projects and initiatives, theatre production and serves on various sector related boards and advisory committees including the ICT Ministerial Council. Her accomplishments include inaugurating the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA), project managing South Africa’s first Oscar winning entry, “Tsotsi” in 2006, as The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences country liaison, brokering South Africa’s official collaboration with the Emmys as a jury hosting partner country, project managing the annual national interest Chairman’s Conversation with Presidential and South Africa global business leaders. Ms. Thulo continues to be involved in national and global economic inclusion programmes towards the growth of the broader creative economy.

Mr. Thulani Tshefutha

Member

Mr Tshefuta studied BA (majoring in Public Administration and Politics) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and furthered his studies with UNISA and University of Johannesburg.

Mr. Tshefuta has also completed the following academic programmes and qualifications: Currently studying Master of Governance & Management in Monitoring and Evaluation with Wits University;  Post-Graduate Diploma on Public Development and Management specializing on Monitoring and Evaluation with Wits University; Post-Graduate qualification on International Executive Development Programme with GIBS; Effective Stakeholder Management with the University of Pretoria; Leadership Programme and Entrepreneurship Programme with North West University Business School. He was also awarded the Nelson Mandela – Clinton Democracy Fellowship (CDF), Class of 2003 to the USA for three months.

The professional career of Mr Tshefuta covers various roles with different institutions including: National Organiser of the Young Christian Students; Manager for Strategic Partnerships and Liaison at Umsobomvu Youth Fund and Programmes Manager at Gauteng Youth Commission and Gauteng Office of the Premier.

Mr. Tshefuta has also served in various leadership and governance structures including: President of the South African Youth Council; NEDLAC Community Constituency Overall Convener; Board Member at Proudly South African; Member of the High Level Panel of the Parliament of the RSA that was chaired by former President Kgalema Motlanthe; Member of the Presidential Working Committee on Jobs; Deputy Chairperson of the National Skills Authority Board and on the  Presidential B-BBEE Council.

He has completed the IoDSA training on corporate governance and is a duly registered member of the Institute of Directors. Mr Tshefuta served as a councillor of the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council for the First Term of 4 years and has been re-appointed for the Second Term from February 2020.

Ms. Hendrina Williams

Member

Ms Williams is an admitted attorney with experience in litigation, financial industry regulation and the ICT fraternity. She holds a LLB (Nelson Mandela University), Advanced Certificate in Financial Planning (Milpark), Certificate in Business Practice (East Cape Midland College) and Certificate in Computer Practice (East Cape Midland College). Ms Williams worked at Legal Aid South Africa, Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Ombud (FAIS Ombud) and .ZA Domain Name Authority.

Ms Williams was appointed to the ICT Council from February 2020.

Ms Williams is currently based in Gauteng and working in the legal and risk and compliance management sector.  She is committed to empowering the youth, females and the previously disadvantaged.