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Sandile Zungu BSc Mech Eng, MBA (UCT)

Sandile Zungu BSc Mech Eng, MBA (UCT)
Chairman
Sandile is the Chairman of Zico. He has a BSc Mechanical Engineering degree as well as a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from UCT. In 2000 he completed the Program for Global Leadership certificate at the Harvard Business School in Boston, USA. After six years in engineering, Sandile joined African Merchant Bank and was appointed associate within the corporate finance division. He left in 1997 to establish SARHWU Investment Holdings, growing the company from a zero asset base to more than R400 million, in net asset value. As executive director responsible for strategy and empowerment, he was intimately involved in developing and implementing plans by NAIL to distribute its interest in Metropolitan Life Limited (METLIFE). He left NAIL at the end of 2001 after its complete transformation to a R1 billion media company. Sandile is past chairman of a number of companies, including Denel, Barnard Jacobs Mellet Holdings and Spectrum Shipping. He is non-executive director of, amonst others, Grinrod Ltd, Cipla Metro Ltd, Autozone, Supercare, Taquanta and Outdoor Network. His many notable achievements include representing South Africa in 2000 at the 6th finals of the World Young Business Achievers, held in Florida, USA, where he won the much-coveted Outstanding Business Strategy award. Sandile is a member of the World Economic Forum in his capacity as Young Global Leader. He subscribes to the philosophy: hard work pays its dues and integrity sustains gains.

Sandile serves on the Black Business Council and has been requested by cabinet to represent South Africa on the BRICS Business Council.
 

 
Tshego Sefolo BCom, CA (SA), MBA (Wits)

Tshego Sefolo BCom, CA (SA), MBA (Wits)
Managing Director
Tshego is the Managing Director of the Group responsible for overall management of the business. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree from the University of Natal and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Witwatersrand. He completed articles with Ernst & Young in Johannesburg and London. Prior to joining Zico, he was with Ethos Private Equity and Standard Bank. He is involved in transaction origination, execution and post investment value management.

He is the Chairman of Precrete Holdings. Furthermore, he also serves on the boards of a number of companies including: AutoZone SA, Debis Fleet Management, Henkel SA, Outdoor Network, Provantage Out of Home Media, Innovation Group and Spring Lights Gas. He also serves on various board sub-committees of Zico’s portfolio investments.

 
Lusanda Dube BCom CA (SA)

Lusanda Dube BCom CA (SA)

Executive Director: Finance
Lusanda is the Group Finance Director for Zico Group. In this role, she is responsible for the full finance and operational functions, as well as managing a few existing portfolio investments. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and completed her articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She holds a BCom degree and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting, both from the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining Zico, she was with the Sanlam Group for 8 years in various roles, mainly at Sanlam Private Equity and Sanlam Investment Management.  Lusanda is an non-executive director of Taquanta Investment Holdings and Outdoor Network and also serves on various board sub-committees of Zico’s portfolio investments. 
 

 
Charl Ferreira BCom, CA (SA)

Charl Ferreira BCom, CA (SA)
Executive Director: Mining
Charl is an Executive Director of Mining at Zico. He is a Chartered Accountant and spent the last 11 years of his career prior to joining Zico with Nedbank Capital in the Investment Banking Division with 8 of these years in the M&A advisory team and 3 years in the Mining & Resource Finance team. Charl’s advisory experience ranges from advising on and managing acquisitions, disposals, mergers, divestments, tender sale processes, listings and de-listings from the JSE Limited, capital raisings as well as senior, mezanine and project finance based lending in the mining industry. Charl’s client’s included Harmony Gold, Uranium One, Gold One, Keaton Energy, Royal Bafokeng Holdings, Eland Platinum, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto to name a few.
 

 
Londeka Shezi BCom, CA(SA)

Londeka Shezi BCom, CA(SA)
Senior Investment Associate
Londeka is a Senior Associate at Zico. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honors degree from the University of Witwatersrand and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Londeka completed her articles with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in 2009 where she served within the Banking division. In this division she was exposed to the audit process of various financial institutions including The South African Reserve Bank, ABSA, Rand Merchant Bank, Stanlib and RMB Corvest. Londeka subsequently joined Standard Bank where she worked in the Leverage and Acquisitions team as an Analyst and Junior Transactor and gained invaluable experience in debt advisory. She represents Zico on the Board of Shuter & Shooter, Provantage and Innovation Group.
 

 
Tsepiso Mofokeng BCom Hons, MBL (Unisa)

Tsepiso Mofokeng BCom Hons, MBL (Unisa)
Executive Director
Tsepiso is an Executive Director of Zico responsible as the CEO of both Crazy Slots and Qhubeka Forensic Services, both Zico subsidiaries. He holds BCom Honours and MBL degrees from UNISA, a Diploma in Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation (UJ), Diploma in Corporate Law (UJ), Certificate in Fleet Management (RAU), and a certificate in Corporate Law (UNISA). He is a strategic marketer who, over the years, has built impeccable credentials on the subject. He was previously with, amongst others, Independent Newspapers as a media analyst before working for Unilever, Coca-Cola, ABSA Bank and NBS. In addition to his directorships at Zico, Crazy Slots and Qhubeka, Tsepiso serves as Sandile’s alternate director on the board of G4S South Africa.
 

 
Alton Solomons CA (SA), CFA

Alton Solomons CA (SA), CFA

Non Executive Director
Alton represents Sanlam Private Equity (SPE) on the Zico board. He joined SPE in May 2005 in the Johannesburg Office as a Principal and has since Jan 2012 been appointed as CEO of Sanlam Private Equity. He also represents SPE and its clients on boards and investment committees of portfolio companies and private equity funds. He is Chartered Accountant with a post graduate diploma in Auditing from Unisa. He qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst in January 2007, with the CFA Institute in the USA. In 2003 Alton successfully completed the Lim’uvune Investment Training and Development Programme. He completed his articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2001. He then joined ShopriteCheckers as a Trainee Divisional Financial Manager responsible for reporting on a number of African Countries. In March 2002 he joined the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as a business analyst, later to be promoted to account manager.
 

 
 
Geoffrey Nzau BSc, FIA

Geoffrey Nzau BSc, FIA
Non Executive Director


GeoffreyGeoffrey left corporate world in 2011 after a career spanning over 23 years in financial services across several countries – United Kingdom, Kenya and South Africa. He wanted to pursue his entrepreneurial calling and contribute to a better society. Geoffrey was the first Black actuary to practice in South Africa and the first Kenyan to qualify as Fellow of institute of Actuaries in 1992. His unique qualification, skills and experience enabled him to play a critical role in advising key state entities like Transnet, Eskom, National Treasury, Government Employees Pension Fund and Political Office Bearers’ Pension Fund among others. Prior to leaving the corporate world, Geoffrey was MD of Alexander Forbes Public Sector Division and before was MD of Afrinet covering Alexander Forbes offices in 11 Africa countries. He spent almost 15 years at Alexander Forbes at different senior roles with stints at related companies like NBC Negotiated Benefits Consultants and at Ginsburg Malan and Carsons Consulting Actuaries.

He was a member of the Council of Actuarial Society of South Africa and Convenor of Africa Interaction Committee. He remains an active member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa. Geoffrey qualified as an Actuary in London where he worked with Prudential Assurance and Watson Wyatt Consultants and Actuaries. He spent over 8 years studying and working in London.

Geoffrey spends his spare time mentoring young people, jogging and on the golf course, with an handicap of 6 before he left the Corporate world! td>


 
Geoffrey Nzau BSc, FIA

Jan-Jan Bezuidenhout BCom, LLB
Non Executive Director


Jan-Jan represents Sanlam Private Equity on the Zico board. He joined SPE in July 2012 as a Senior Investment Associate where his responsibilities include the origination, negotiation, structuring and execution of new investments as well as the monitoring and exit of existing portfolio assets. He represents SPE as a non-executive director on the boards of the portfolio companies for which he is responsible. Prior to joining SPE, Jan-Jan was employed as an Associate Principal in Absa Capital’s Equity Investments unit focussing on Private Equity, Infrastructure Equity and Mezzanine Finance, and Corporate Development. Jan-Jan holds both a BCom and LLB degree from Stellenbosch University and completed a General Course in Philosophy, Management and Strategy, Law of Corporate Finance, and EU/UK Competition Law at the London School of Economics.



 
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