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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.

Sipho Maseko

Tsholofelo Molefe (49)

Chief Financial Officer

CA(SA), BCompt (Hons), CTA, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Tsholofelo Molefe is a qualified chartered accountant. She joined Telkom in July 2016 as Deputy Group CFO and was appointed as Group CFO for Telkom Group on 1 July 2018. She was previously employed as a finance director of Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd and was an executive director of the company’s board until June 2015. She joined Eskom in July 2005 where she became the CFO of the Transmission Division of the group, and was later appointed as Head of Group Customer Services. Previously, Tsholofelo worked for First National Bank, ABSA Group, Liberty Group and IBM, in various roles, including audit and enterprise risk management. She served her audit and accounting articles at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). She was recognised as a 2014 finalist in the Standard Bank Top Women Awards in the category of Top Female Public Sector Leader.

L. Tsholofelo Molefe

Deon Fredericks (57)

Chief Investment Officer

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

Deon was appointed on 1 July 2018 as Chief Investment Officer. He previously served as Group CFO from September 2014 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 boards of BCX (Pty) Ltd and Gyro group and is an advisory board member of Business Against Crime (BAC) Mpumalanga. Deon also previously served on the Vodacom (Pty) Ltd board, where he chaired the audit committee. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).

Deon Fredericks

Althon Beukes (48)

Group Chief Information Officer

BSc. (Computer Science)
Executive Development Program (Wits)

Althon Beukes was appointed as Chief Information Officer of Telkom Group in December 2018 having joined the company in 1994. Althon has extensive experience in information and communication technology (ICT), and has held various senior leaderships and directorship roles within the group. He previously assumed roles such as Managing Executive for the IT and Infrastructure Operations divisions at Telkom, Managing Director at Cybenest, Chief Operations Officer BCX, Chief of International Business at BCX and most recently Chief Commercial Officer at Openserve.

Althon Beukes

Melody Lekota (47)

Chief Human Resources Officer

Masters in HR, MBA (De Montfort University)
Appointed to EXCO on 1 March 2017

Melody was appointed to the role of Chief of Human Resources for the Telkom Group in March 2017 and is a member of the Group Executive Committee. She has a wealth of experience in Human Resources, both from within the industry and beyond. She joined Telkom from Cell C where she was the Chief HR Officer. Prior to that, Melody led Primedia Ltd's HR team, where she was appointed to the Primedia board in 2006. Melody holds an MBA from De Montfort University, Leicester and is currently studying for a master's degree in Human Resources.

K. Melody Lekota

Alphonzo Samuels (52)

Chief Executive Officer Openserve

BTech, Diploma (Human Resource Management),National Technical Diploma (Telecommunications)Executive Development Programme (UCT)

Alphonzo was appointed chief executive officer of Openserve in October 2015 having joined Telkom in 1984. During his career with Telkom he has held senior positions in a number of different divisions including broadband technology, planning, engineering, operations, capital project management and human resources. Alphonzo also completed a nine-month assignment with SBC (AT&T) in 1998. He was group executive: wholesale and marketing operations from November 2007 to June 2010, managing executive: network infrastructure provisioning from July 2010 until his appointment as Telkom’s chief technology officer in February 2014.

Alphonzo Samuels

Serame Taukobong (48)

Chief Executive Officer: Consumer and Small Business

BSc Chemistry
Appointed on 01 June 2018

Serame heads up Telkom’s Consumer unit, taking responsibility for both its mobile and fixed consumer businesses. He has extensive experience in the field, having previously held senior leadership positions with General Electric Africa (GE) and MTN, where his last role was as CEO of MTN Ghana. While at GE, Serame was the company’s Growth Leader for Sub-Saharan Africa and Head of Transformation in South Africa. He has also worked for leading FCMG companies such as Unilever, SAB and M-Net, and has completed various executive management courses at IMD (Switzerland), GIBS, INSEAD (Singapore) and the Wharton School of Business.

Serame Taukobong

Lesiba Maloba (44)

Chief Executive Officer Gyro

Masters of Community (Urban) Planning
B.Sc. (Urban Studies)
Certificate of Urban Planning
Property Development Programme (Sapoa)

Lesiba joined Telkom as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gyro Group on the 13 November 2017. His previous experience includes property investment and development management, as well as property transactions and transaction advisory. He worked for the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) as the General Manager: Properties, Ernst & Young Africa as Sector Leader: Transaction Real Estate, and Old Mutual Properties as Deal Originator and Asset Manager. He has been a non-executive Director of several organisations including the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency, Coca Cola Beverages SA Mintirho Foundation, and the V & A Waterfront. He has served on board subcommittees including finance and investment, as well as human resources committees.

Lesiba Maloba

Jonas Bogoshi (52)

Chief Executive Officer, BCX Group

BSc Computer Science (UCT)
Appointed CEO of BCX 1 May 2018

Jonas Bogoshi was appointed Chief Executive Office for BCX in June 2018. Prior to this role he was the Chief Revenue Officer at BCX. He has more than 28 years’ experience in information and communication technology (ICT), and brings to BCX a deep knowledge and understanding of the industry, as well as a vast network of strategic professional relationships across the country. He is a determined, principled and visionary leader. Prior to joining BCX he was country manager for EMC. When Dell acquired EMC in 2016, Jonas took on the role of channel lead in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. He is a previous vice president of sales at T-Systems, CEO of GijimaAST, chief of strategic services at the State Information Technology Agency (Sita), and commercial sector manager at Cisco Systems. Jonas brings to BCX a wealth of industry expertise and knowledge that will strengthen its position as a world-class technology provider. His appointment forms a key part of BCX’s business transformation journey and its drive to achieve economies of skill that will enable future business growth.

Jonas Bogoshi

Lunga Siyo (40)

Chief Executive Officer - Trudon [Yellow Pages]

Bsc (Hons) in Applied Accounting, Finance and Accounting; MBA (Strategy)

Lunga joined Trudon (Pty) Ltd on the 1st of May 2018. He has experience in Financial Analysis, Digital Transformation, eCommerce, Sales and Marketing. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise rooted in working with Blue Chip companies such as MTN, BP, Santam and Standard Bank where he held several senior and executive positions. Lunga has a track record of creating, executing and scaling digital channels and businesses.

Lunga Siyo