Our board of directors

The JDA counts lawyers, engineers, negotiators, accountants and civil society stalwarts among its leaders. Meet the illustrious team behind the JDA's continued success in its mission to build a world-class Johannesburg.

 

Composition of the Board

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(CEO)

Full Names

Mr Thanduxolo Mendrew

Date of birth

01 October 1973

Service with JDA

1 September 2007 to date

Qualifications

BProc

LLB

Experience

Mr Mendrew is currently the chief executive officer of the JDA. Before leading the agency, he was its executive manager for risk and compliance management and human resources.After receiving his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, Mr Mendrew joined the legal firm Edward, Nathan & Friedland in Sandton as a commercial lawyer specialising in corporate law. Here, he first gained experience in risk and legal compliance in the corporate world before extending his scope to commercial banking, gaining experience in the legal compliance side of corporate finance and debt management.

In 2004, he joined the City of Johannesburg as director of corporate governance, where he oversaw the group risk compliance and financial stability of the city's municipal-owned entities.

Other boards on which the individual serves

Mayborn Investments 73 (Pty) Ltd

Greater Newtown Development Company (SOC) Ltd

Constitution Hill Development Company (SOC) Ltd

 NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

(Chairperson)

Full Names

Mr Cassim Coovadia

Date of birth

31 October 1951

Service with JDA

25 February 2014 to date

Qualifications

BCom

Effective Directors Programme

Governance

Housing Finance

Finance

Experience

Mr Coovadia is the managing director of the Banking Association of South Africa. Before this, he was the executive trustee of the Community Bank (a low-income banking initiative), accountant for the UDF, coordinator of ATP NGO, senior audit manager at Freedman Scher (Auditors), office administrator for the Transvaal Indian Congress (part-time) and partner at Moolajee Coovadia and Company (an accounting practice).

Other previously held positions include publicity secretary for ACTSTOP Civic Organisation, secretary-general of the Civic Associations of JHB, director of the Central Johannesburg Partnership and chairperson of the Johannesburg Civic Theatre.

Other boards on which the individual serves

National Business Initiative

Centre of Development Enterprise

Trust for Urban Housing Finance

African Union for Housing Finance

International Union for Housing Finance

Council of Wits University

FinMark Trust


Full Names

Mr Krishna Govender

Date of birth

14 May 1974

Service with JDA

25 February 2014 to date

Qualifications

CA (SA)

BCom and Honours

Experience

Mr Govender is a director at Mally Govender and Associates.

Key areas of strength include:

•        Business planning

•        Strategic planning

•        Accounting-related services

•        Clean up of accounting systems – fixed asset registers, reconciliations, systems, and other areas

•        Clean up of audit report and management letter findings.

In a commercial environment, he was a senior executive serving as the chief financial officer of SuperSport International (Pty) Ltd and has been part of the MultiChoice SA Group for more than five years. In addition to the operational financial management of SuperSport and strategic financial guidance to the senior executive team, he has been a non-executive director of Natal Sharks (Pty) Ltd, Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd, KZN Dolphins (Pty) Ltd, Titans Cricket (Pty) Ltd, Eastern Titans (Pty) Ltd and SuperSport United FC (Pty) Ltd.


Mr Govender’s public-sector experience includes five years at the Auditor-General, where he was involved in the statutory audit of various national and provincial departments, municipalities, statutory bodies and public entities. Having completed his articles at the Auditor-General in 2001, Mr Govender was offered a consulting position at KPMG on the strength of his public-sector experience. He was involved in various consulting projects at executive level.

Other boards on which the individual serves

None

 

Full Names

Mr Popo Masilo

Date of birth

18 July 1970

Service with JDA

1 October 2008 to date

Qualifications

B Proc

LLB

Experience

Mr Masilo is an attorney with nine years’ practical experience specialising in commercial law, criminal law, labour law, and trusts among others. He started his career with Norton Lambrianos Incorporated, a law firm specialising in debt collection for various major banks in the country. He is a partner at R Masilo Attorneys, a law firm specialising in labour relations matters, commercial and criminal litigations. He has been a board member of Bertha Gxowa Hospital, in Germiston, for the past six years.

Other boards on which the individual serves

Bertha Gxowa Hospital;

Ekurhuleni Development Company

MAXALEX Property Development

MAXALEX Property Investment

 

Full Names

Mr Panos Zagaretos

Date of birth

9 May 1976

Service with JDA

October 2014 to date

Qualifications

BSc (QS)

MSc (QS)

MRICS

Experience

Panos Zagaretos is an Executive Director at Tenurey and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (“RICS”). He served as a Senior Manager: Investments at the Public Investment Corporation Property Division, heading the Investments Division. He was instrumental in developing, implementing and managing the property investment strategy of the Government Employees Pension Fund. He headed the team that acquired properties to a value in excess of ZAR23 billion most notably, the acquisitions of the V&A Waterfront and Pareto in 2011. Panos was also responsible for the development of a number of retail and commercial properties nationally and internationally. He has served on the Board of Directors of various property companies in his capacity as a shareholder representative. Panos specializes in strategic advisory, mergers and acquisitions, asset management and development management.

Other boards on which the individual serves

None

 

Full Names

Arron  Cecil  Steyn

Date of birth

4th April, 1955

Service with JDA

Nil

Qualifications

PrTech (Eng) Civil;

BCom. Economics (Honours)

Experience

28 years’ experience as a Consulting Engineer specializing in structures.

20 years’ experience in the Public sector as a Cllr, Member of a Provincial Legislature and  Member of Parliament. 12 of which as the Shadow Minister for Human Settlements.

Other boards on which the individual serves

Currently - none

Past - Member of Ministerial Enquiry: Human Settlements

 

Full Names

Mzukisi Qobo

Date of birth

8 January 1974

Service with JDA

From March 2017

Qualifications

PhD, University of Warwick, UK; MA, University of Stellenbosch, and BA from University of Cape Town.

Experience

17 years working experience (Public Service/Government, Think-Tanks, Academia, and Private Sector Advisory; 2 years Board experience.

Professional expertise: International Relations, Governance, Leadership, Ethics

Other boards on which the individual serves

Earn International Pty Ltd

Youth Development Institute of South Africa

 

Full Names

Nomfundo Xenia Ngwenya

Date of birth

10 July 1977

Service with JDA

Non-Executive Director, 16 March 2017

Qualifications

PhD International Studies (University of Cambridge)

MSc Politics of the World Economy (London School of Economics)

MA and BA (Honours) International Studies (University of Stellenbosch)

BA Political Science (University of Port Elizabeth)

Experience

Dr Ngwenya is currently the Chief Strategy Officer of Ntsele Global, a black-owned diversified investment company. She is the outgoing Project Director of the Global Economic Governance Africa programme.  She was previously the Chief Director for African Economic Integration at the National Treasury, where she represented South Africa at key continental multilateral economic institutions such as the African Development Bank, the African Development Fund, the International Monetary Fund’s Afritac-South Steering Committee, the Southern African Customs Union’s Finance and Audit Committee and meetings of SADC Senior Officials.  She was previously Director: Global Development Policy, where she headed National Treasury’s BRICS desk.  In this role, she oversaw the formulation of South Africa’s negotiating position at the New Development Bank and was part of the South African delegation to the inaugural negotiations of the NDB.  She has also headed the South African Institute of International Affairs’ (SAIIA) South African Foreign Policy and African Drivers programme, served at the South African Secret Service and lectured at the University of South Africa.

Other boards on which the individual serves

None

 

Full Names

Hlukanisa Prince Mashele

Date of birth

04 January 1976

Service with JDA

Board member

Qualifications

Master’s degree, Political Sciences

Experience

14 years in various (mainly research/academic) institutions. I also worked in The Presidency as a speechwriter.

Other boards on which the individual serves

 Centre for Progressive Ideas

 

Independent Audit Committee Members

Full Names

Ms Modi Dolamo

Date of birth

11 June 1975

Service with JDA

3 February 2015 to date

Qualifications

BCom and Honours (Accounting)

CTA

CA (SA)

Experience

Auditing

Financial accounting

Financial management, cost management and investment Management

Other boards on which the individual serves

Audit Committee Member: Department of Public Enterprise

Finance and Remuneration Committee Member: Bank Seta

 

Full Names

Ms Keabetswe Onouka

Date of birth

29 June 1980

Service with JDA

15 March 2016 to date

Qualifications

CIS Qualification (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

Experience

 
Other boards on which the individual serves

 

 

Full Names

Mr Zukisani Samsam

Date of birth

14 June 1974

Service with JDA

25 February 2014 to date

Qualifications

CA (SA)

MCom (Finance)

Experience

Mr Samsam is currently a consultant in the private and public sector specialising in finance and risk management. He has held finance and risk management positions at Absa Bank, Standard Bank, Eskom Enterprises (Pty) Ltd and De Beers Consolidated Mines.

Other boards on which the individual serves

Johannesburg Water

Sizwe Medical Fund

Samsam Trading

Previously served on Joburg and Roodepoort Theatres