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Jabu Mabuza (60)

Effective Leadership Programme, Executive Development Programme: Financial Statement Analysis
Independent Chairman of the Telkom Board
Nominations Committee Chairman
Remuneration Committee member

Jabu Mabuza was appointed to the board in November 2012. He is widely recognised as a successful entrepreneur. He is president of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), chairman of the Casino Association of South Africa, co-convener of the CEO Initiative, chairman of the Africa portion of the merged Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, and chairman of Business Leadership South Africa in 2016. He was recently appointed as chairman of ESKOM He has received several awards, which include the Lifetime Achiever Award presented by the South African Minister of Tourism and the Business Leader of the Year award received at the South African of the Year awards.

He serves on the boards of Eglin Investments no. 44 (Pty) Limited, Kuncedzana Investment Holdings, Lexshell 627 Investments (Pty) Limited, Motema Investments, OTEO Investments Holdings, among others. Prior to this, he was Deputy Chairman of Tsogo Sun Holding, Managing Director of Southern Sun Gaming, Group Chief Executive officer of Tsogo Sun and Chairman of the Board of South African Tourism.

Jabu Mabuza

Susan Botha (53)

Independent non-executive director
Remuneration Committee Chairman
Nomination Committee member

BEcon (Hons)

Susan Botha was appointed to the Board in December 2012. She is currently the chairman of both Curro Holdings Limited and Famous Brands Holdings. She serves on the Boards of Liberty Holdings, and Accenture Advisory Board.

She was previously an executive director of MTN Group Limited (2003 to 2010) and ABSA Bank Limited (1996 to 2003).

Susan Botha

Graham Dempster (63)

Independent non-executive director
Investment and transactions committee member
Risk committee member

BCom, CA(SA), CTA, AMP

Graham was appointed to the Telkom board in December 2014. He is a chartered accountant by profession and has done advanced management programmes at Insead (1995) and Harvard Business School (2002). He is a business adviser and sits on the board of Imperial Holdings Ltd, Imperial Logistics (Pty) Ltd and Sanlam Capital. He is a director of AECI Ltd.

Graham Dempster

Navin Kapila (64)

Independent non-executive director
Investment and transactions
committee member
Social and ethics committee member

BA (Eng) (Econ) (Law)

Navin was appointed to the board in February 2011. He has over 20 years’ experience in diverse fields including investment, business and product development, and relationship and alliance management. He also has in-depth telecommunications experience and was involved in policy formulation and market deregulation in India. He took on various roles at ICO Global Communications in London, including vice-president of corporate development, vice-president of government affairs and director of business development. He is a special advisor at ITU.


Itumeleng Kgaboesele (46)

Independent non-executive director
Chairman audit committee
Risk committee member

BCom, CA(SA), PGDip Accounting

Itumeleng was appointed to the Telkom board in July 2011. He is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Sphere Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a leading mid-market investment holding and private equity company. Prior to founding Sphere in 2003, he spent several years in investment banking in London and Johannesburg and was vicepresident of Investment Banking at Citi. He represents Sphere on the boards of a number of businesses in which Sphere has invested, and is an independent non-executive director of Old Mutual Emerging Markets Ltd.


Khanyisile Kweyama (53)

Independent non-executive director
Social and Ethics Committee Chairman
Nominations committee member

MSc (Management)

Khanyisile Kweyama was appointed to the Board in December 2012.

She is currently the Chairman of Brand South Africa, Commissioner on the National Planning Commission (NPC). Prior to this, she was the CEO of BUSA and was the Executive Head of Human Resources at Anglo American Platinum Limited. She gained corporate experience in a number of international companies, including BMW, Altech and Barloworld Ltd, holding executive roles incorporating human resources, industrial relations, corporate affairs, stakeholder relations and transformation.

She sits on the Boards of Key Mix Investments, Tenon Investment Holdings, Independent Actuaries & Consultants, SABC and Steinhoff International.


Kholeka Mzondeki (50)

Independent non-executive director
Audit committee member
Investment and transactions committee member
Remuneration committee member

BCom, FCCA (UK) Dip (Investment Management)

Kholeka was appointed to the board in November 2012. She is a UK-qualified chartered accountant and has served as financial director at various companies such as 3M and Masana Petroleum Solutions. Apart from her financial management and strategy experience, she has ICT transformational strategy formulation and implementation experience, using technology as a customer value proposition. In 2008 she was a finalist in the Nedbank Business Woman of the Year awards. She sits on the board and audit committees of Aveng and Balwin, and is an associate of API.


Fagmeedah Petersen-Lurie (42)

Independent non-executive director
Chairman investment and transactions committee
Risk committee member

BBusSc (Actuarial Science), PGDip (Management Practice), FASSA, FIA, CFP

Fagmeedah was appointed to the board in December 2012. She sits on the board of Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa, on the audit committee of Bankmed, Continuum Investment Management and is a lead Independent director of Gauteng Cricket Board. She is a fellow of both the Actuarial Society of South Africa and Institute of Actuaries.


Rex Tomlinson (55)

Independent non-executive director
Audit committee member
Investment and transactions committee member

BCom (Econ), HDip (Personnel Management), SEP

Rex Tomlinson was appointed to the Telkom board in December 2014. Mr Tomlinson is a member of the Old Mutual plc executive and sits on the boards of Old Mutual Emerging Market Limited, Mutual & Federal Limited, International Player Management (Pty) Ltd and DIGA Digital Intelligence. He previously served on the board of Liberty Holding Limited as deputy group CEO and served as an executive director of Nampak and Illovo Sugar Ltd.


Dr Hamadoun Touré (63)

Independent non-executive director
Investment and transactions committee member
Risk committee member

MSc (Electrical Engineering), Satellite Engineering, PhD (Electrical Engineering)
Appointed on 19 October 2016

Hamadoun Touré was appointed to the board in October 2016. He is currently a non-executive member of the board of Inmarsat. He was elected secretary general of the ITU and served two consecutive terms (2007 to 2014). In October 2015 he was selected by the board of Smart Africa as the founding executive director. He founded and served as co-vice-chairman of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which was launched in May 2010 by ITU and UNESCO, with Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and Carlos Slim Helú, Honorary Lifetime Chairman of Grupo Carso, as co-chairs.


Louis von Zeuner (56)

Independent non-executive director
Nominations committee member
Social and ethics committee member

BA, MBA

Louis was appointed to the board in December 2012. A member of the Institute of Directors South Africa, he completed 32 years’ service at Absa and served as deputy group chief executive from 2009 until 31 December 2012. He has extensive business experience, including experience in audit, risk and capital matters, particularly in the financial sector. He currently serves on the boards of African Bank Holdings, Paycorp Investments, Eqstra, Afgri, Cricket South Africa, MMI Holdings and serve as chairman of MyPayers.


Sello Moloko (52)

Executive Chairman and co-founder of Thesele Group

Sello is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of Thesele Group, a wholly Black owned diversified investment holding company. Sello has a wealth of business experience gained over more than twenty-five years with an established career in financial services (investment management and employee benefits). He is the former CEO of Old Mutual Asset Managers and former deputy CEO of Capital Alliance Asset Managers and has previously served on several boards of listed companies including Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited (as non-executive Chairman), Gold Fields Limited, Makalani Holdings Limited, Acucap Properties Limited and Sycom Property Fund.


Dolly Mokgatle (61)

Executive Director for Peotona

Dolly is currently an Executive Director for Peotona and was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Spoornet. She is currently the Chairman of Total South Africa (Pty) Ltd and has previously chaired the boards of NERSA, Zurich Insurance Company SA and Electricity Distribution Industry Holdings Company. She serves as a non-executive Director of Kumba Iron Ore Company and has been a non-executive director of several large and listed companies including Wiphold, Thebe Investment Corporation, SASFIN Bank, NERSA, Lafarge Mining & Industries S.A. She has also acquired a lot of experience in various senior executive positions at Eskom between 1991 and 2003.


Sipho Maseko (49)

Group chief executive officer

BA, LLB

Sipho was appointed as GCEO of Telkom in April 2013 and serves as an executive director. He attends all board committee meetings of which he is not a member by invitation.Prior to joining Telkom, he served as group chief operating officer and Managing Director at Vodacom. He held various roles at BP starting in 1997, serving as the CEO of BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd from 2008 to 2012 and chief operating officer before this. He has served as a non-executive director of the Centre for Development and Enterprise’s board since 2009 and the Afrox board since 2012. He also served as chairman of the board of SAPREF between July 2010 and August 2011.


Deon Fredericks (57)

Group chief financial officer

CA(SA), BCompt (Hons), Honours in Business Management, ACMA(UK)

Deon was appointed as the GCFO in September 2014. He previously served as deputy to the CFO and as the group executive of corporate finance accounting services from November 2004 to October 2013. He joined Telkom in 1993 as a senior manager in internal audit and has held several executive positions in the finance department. He currently serves on the board of BCX (Pty) Ltd, Gyro group and is an advisory board member of Business Against Crime (BAC) Mpumalanga. He previously served on the Vodacom (Pty) Ltd board where he chaired the audit committee. Deon is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).