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Our board of directors

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Mohamed (Imtiaz) Ahmed
Patel

(57)

Chair and non-executive director
HDipEdu
Appointed 6 December 2018
South African

Imtiaz was previously the CEO of the Naspers video entertainment segment, CEO of the MultiChoice South Africa Group, MultiChoice South Africa and SuperSport International. He won the prestigious Naspers Phil Weber Award in 2009. Prior to that, he was the director of professional cricket at the United Cricket Board of South Africa. He has a Higher Diploma in Education from Wits, completed the executive PMD programme offered by the University of Cape Town’s Business School, and completed the senior executive programme at Harvard Business School.

Jabulane Albert (Jabu)
Mabuza

(63)

Lead independent non-executive director
DCom (Honoris Causa)
Appointed 5 July 2019
South African

Jabu served as the chair of Sun International Limited and Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. He was previously the interim executive chair and acting group chief executive of Eskom SOC Limited, chair of Telkom SA SOC Limited, Anheuser-Busch InBev/SABMiller – Africa, Business Leadership South Africa, and the Casino Association of South Africa. He served as the president of South Africa’s apex business body, Business Unity South Africa until 2018. Outside of South Africa, he served on the boards of Tanzania Breweries Limited and Castle Brewing Company in Kenya, on the Corporate Council on Africa in Washington DC as a board member, and on the World Travel and Tourism Council in England (United Kingdom) as an executive committee member; he was chair of the Regional Business Council for the World Economic Forum; participated in the B20 G20 Delegation to all the B20/G20 Summits and matters over the years; and was appointed to the Concordia Leadership Council based in New York (United States of America). Jabu held a Doctorate in Commerce (Honoris Causa) from Wits.

Sadly, Jabu passed away on 16 June 2021.

Adv Kgomotso Ditsebe
Moroka

(67)

Independent non-executive director
BProc and LLB
Appointed 6 December 2018
South African

Kgomotso is a senior counsel of the High Court of South Africa. She holds nonexecutive directorships at Standard Bank Group Limited and Netcare Limited. Kgomotso serves as trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Hospital and the Apartheid Museum. She also served as the chair of M-Net’s Phuthuma Futhi Trust. She holds a Baccalaureus Procurationis from the University of the North West and an LLB from Wits.

John James (Jim)
Volkwyn

(63)

Independent non-executive director
CA(SA)
Appointed 6 December 2018
South African

Jim has been a director of MultiChoice South Africa since March 2007. He previously served as CEO of the Naspers global video entertainment segment. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Cape Town and is a CA(SA).

After a robust independence review, Jim was recategorised as an independent director.

Louisa
Stephens
(44)

Independent non-executive director
BBusSc (Finance), CA(SA) and CD(SA)
Appointed 6 December 2018
South African

Louisa is the founder of Prime Select Holdings. She serves as a director of Royal Bafokeng Platinum Proprietary Limited, Tongaat Hulett Limited and the Institute of Directors in South Africa NPC. She previously served as a director of African Bank Limited, South Ocean Limited and AFGRI Limited, and held management positions as chief investment officer of Circle Capital Ventures, general manager: finance investments at Nozala Investments, and fund manager at the uMnotho Fund at the National Empowerment Fund. She holds a Bachelor of Business Science and BCom Honours (Accounting), and is a CA(SA) and CD(SA).

Elias
Masilela
(57)

Independent non-executive director
BSocSci (Economics and Statistics) and MSc (Economic Policy and Analysis)
Appointed 6 December 2018
South African

Elias previously served as the CEO of the Public Investment Corporation Limited, the head of policy analysis at Sanlam Limited and the deputy director general at the National Treasury. He is also chair of Sanlam, Ingagaru Investments and Capital Harvest. He is a member of several strategic boards in South Africa. Elias is a former board member of the South African Reserve Bank, Government Employees Pension Fund and United Nations Global Compact, among others.

He holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Economics and Statistics from the University of Swaziland and a Master’s in Economic Policy and Analysis from Addis Ababa University.

James
Hart du Preez
(62)

Independent non-executive director
CA(SA), CD(SA)
Appointed 1 April 2021
South African

James is a CA(SA) who was admitted as a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc (PwC) in 1996 as the clients and markets development leader for PwC Africa responsible for digital marketing, advertising, sponsorships and business development. James served on the PwC – Europe, Middle East and Africa Business Development Board from 2010 to 2019. He retired from PwC in June 2019. James consults for Citadel Wealth Management in a business development and marketing capacity. He is also a chartered director (SA) (CD(SA)) of the Institute of Directors in South Africa NPC.

Christine Mideva
Sabwa

(48)

Independent non-executive director
Certified Public Accountant of Kenya
Appointed 14 May 2019
Kenyan

Christine has a strong background in accounting and her experience spans numerous industries, including financial services, telecommunications (digital finance) and insurance. Over the past 21 years, she gained experience in audit, accounting, special investigations, revenue assurance, risk management, banking, governance and digital finance. With a successful career in financial services across consulting, insurance and banking, Christine was one of the first Kenyans to be expatriated to Standard Bank South Africa where she served as senior manager, overseeing the strategic finance and tax function of operations in 15 African countries. She is the managing partner at Sabwa and Associates based in Nairobi, servicing financial advisory needs in Kenya.

Francis Lehlohonolo Napo (Nolo) Letele
(72)

Non-executive director
BSc (Hons) (Electronic Engineering)
Appointed 6 December 2018
South African

Nolo is a chartered engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Electronics (Honours) and an MIEE United Kingdom. He received several awards in his tenure at the MultiChoice Group as group chief executive and subsequently as executive chair, notably the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize for Media Development in Africa, the prestigious Naspers Phil Weber Award, and the Black Business Executive Circle Chairman’s Award. He has also been cited for several achievements by the media in South Africa. Nolo sits on the MultiChoice Group and Naspers boards as well as on the Specialised Insurance Company (Lesotho) board.

Dr Fatai Adegboyega
Sanusi

(59)

Independent non-executive director
MBBS, FRCOG
Appointed 5 July 2019
British Nigerian

Fatai is a senior consultant in the United Kingdom National Health Service, serving in this position for 19 years at West Hertfordshire NHS Trust. He has many years of experience in governance and risk management at board level. He is active in education and training and served as a training director. He was a clinical director on many management committees including financial and future planning. He is a Fellow of the Royal College in England. Fatai holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Lagos.

Calvo Phedi
Mawela

(45)

CEO
BSc Eng (Electrical)
Appointed 6 December 2018
South African

Calvo was the CEO of MultiChoice South Africa after holding office as the group executive: policy and regulatory affairs for the MultiChoice Group. He previously held positions as a professional engineer at Sentech and a broadcasting spectrum manager at ICASA. He also served in several ministerial advisory task teams, including the Digital Migration Working Group, Digital Dzonga and the ICT Policy Review Panel. He also served as a commissioner to the Presidential Commission on 4IR. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Management Advancement Programme Postgraduate Diploma from Wits Business School, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law from King’s College, London.

Timothy Neil (Tim)
Jacobs

(52)

CFO
HDipAcc and CA(SA)
Appointed 6 December 2018
South African

Tim was previously the CEO of MultiChoice Africa and CFO of the Naspers video entertainment segment. He previously held positions as the interim CFO of Altron Group, CFO of Nampak Limited and CFO of Transaction Capital Limited. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Higher Diploma in Accounting from Rhodes University and is a chartered accountant (CA(SA)).