ABOUT THE BOARD
Following three years of significant impact and growth, the Barloworld Mbewu project evolved from an in-house Corporate Social Investment project to become a fully-fledged Non-Profit Company with its own Board. A firm directive was made by the Barloworld Executive Management for Mbewu to operate as an independent entity, based on the success of its inaugural cohort.
The Barloworld NPC was registered early in 2021, and the Board inducted on 1 July 2021. It is chaired by Advocate Boyce Mkhize, the Chief Ombud of the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS).
Comprising experts in fields ranging from social and business development through to tax and investment, the Mbewu NPC Board members are well placed to ensure that Mbewu delivers on its mandate to underpin sustainable development through the strategic support of emerging enterprises with promise.
The Board oversees the continuation of the Mbewu programme to support social enterprise entities and start-ups by looking at Barloworld value chain as the primary base for access to markets.
The Executive Members of the Board are:
Vovo Ngcwabe is the Head of CSI and Stakeholder Management at Barloworld and Chairperson at Barloworld Siyakhula and the Barloworld Trust and is currently completing her MBA at GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science).
Holding a BA in Industrial Psychology from UNISA, a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship Programmes and a certificate in Leadership Development Programmes from GIBS, Vovo has held various portfolios within Barloworld and spearheaded the development, design and implementation of the Mbewu programme.
An admitted Advocate holds a B.Proc, LLB, LLM (Tax Law) and Doctorate (Law) and seven post-graduate certificates, Dr Ndema has over 20 years of diverse industry expertise in service of leading Public and Private Sector local and international organisations. She is the Executive for Group Ethics & Compliance at Barloworld South Africa, and a Member and Deputy Chair of the University of Johannesburg Council. She has also served on the Boards of organisations such as City Power and Pikitup.
Dr Ndema is a global subject matter expert, frequent presenter and panel member, with an enviable portfolio of continued professional development, industry body and Board representations.
Muzi Khumalo is the Africa Tax Manager at Barloworld South Africa and a trustee member at the Barloworld Trust. He holds a BCom Accounting, PG Diploma in Tax Law and International Tax and a Diploma in Transport Management. He has diverse experience in numerous organisations in the private and public sector and is currently completing his Master’s in Tax Law. He has served as a Director in several companies and was previously a Managing Director of Mdibi Group.
The Non-Executive Members of the Board are:
The newly appointed Chief Ombud of the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS), Adv. Boyce Mkhize is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. Prior to joining the CSOS, he served as CEO of various state-owned regulatory entities such as the Health Professions Council of South Africa, the National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa and Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency. He also served in senior positions in Government driving transformation policy development initiatives, and as a Forensic Investigation Specialist and a human rights lawyer.
Precious is the current Chairperson of the Board of Directors of SmartXchange, a Technology Business Incubator, responsible for the support of small businesses in the MICTe sector. She is also the former Head of Department of Economics at Mangosuthu University of Technology and has served as Director on the Boards of Crossley SA & SEDA. She is passionate about multilingualism, particularly the use of the African languages to encourage participation by most people on issues that affect them and to promote economic development.
Kholofelo Molewa is a Portfolio Manager for Khanyisa Impact Investing Fund that looks at investing into infrastructure assets. He also manages the developmental and infrastructure strategies and portfolio on behalf of Stanlib’s Credit Alternatives He has experience as both a debt and a private equity financier, gained at Rand Merchant Bank, Safika Holdings, Inspired Evolution Advisors and Infrasec.
Chimene Chetty holds a Master’s Degree in Public and Development Management from the University of the Witwatersrand and has over 20 years’ experience in the NGO sector, including serving as Southern Africa Regional Director of Ashoka, a global NGO that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs. As Director at the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wits Business School, and heading The Entrepreneurial Wayz (TEWZ) atWits Commercial Enterprise (Pty) Ltd, her work focsed on developing an entrepreneurial economy tocontribute to sustainable socio-economic development. Her most recent portfolio is Director Entrepreneurship and Industry Partners at Carnegie Mellon University Africa, based in Kigali, Rwanda.