Our executive team

The JDA prides itself on appointing leaders in the field to bring fresh new ideas and vast experience in transforming specific geographic areas within the city.


Thanduxolo MendrewChief Executive Officer

Thanduxolo Mendrew

Thanduxolo Mendrew is Chief Executive Officer of the JDA.  Before leading the agency, Mendrew was its executive manager for risk and compliance management and human resources. 

After receiving his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Mendrew started with legal firm Edward, Nathan & Friedland, in Sandton, as a commercial lawyer specialising in corporate law. Here, he first gained experience on 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.


zandile mafata thumbChief Financial Officer

Zandile Mafata

Zandile Mafata is the Chief Financial Officer of the Johannesburg Development Agency. She has extensive experience in auditing and financial management. Prior to this, Mafata was JDA Finance Manager from 2005 to 2009.

After receiving her Secondary Teacher’s Diploma from Soweto College of Education, Mafata taught at Thutolore Secondary School in Soweto from 1991 to 1996. Concurrently, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree and Honours in Accounting from the University of South Africa.

She worked for Pricewaterhousecooper as an audit clerk from 1997 to 2003, then moved to Denel as a corporate accountant from 2003 to 2005.


Rodney ShirindaCompany Secretary

Rodney Shirinda

Rodney Shirinda is the company secretary. His role is to ensure a smooth interface between the agency’s deliverables and the JDA Board’s mandate. He also eases the chief executive’s work load by providing legal advice where needed.

He has an LLB degree from the University of Pretoria and is completing his LLM Masters in Corporate Law. He is an admitted attorney of the High Court and worked for Werksmans Attorneys in Sandton from 2005 until 2007.

Before joining the JDA, he held positions at Global Forests Products and Safcol, and was a non-executive director at Komatiland Forests, Temba Timbers, Abacus, Mistlands, Kamhlabane Forestries, Singisi Forests Products, and Mountains to Oceans.


Christo BotesExecutive Manager: Development Facilitation

Christo Botes

Christo Botes is the JDA’s executive manager: development facilitation. His role is to provide development facilitation. The department is responsible for engaging with current and potential investors and developers, project preparation, and negotiating partnerships and / or collaborations with key stakeholders in JDA developments.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Town Planning and started his career as a town planner with the old Johannesburg City Council in 1985. He joined the old Centurion City Council as the senior town planner in 1987 before moving to the old Vredenburg-Saldanha Town Council, in Western Cape, as chief town planner in 1992. He returned to the Rand in 1994 to take up the position of deputy chief town planner in the old Randburg City Council in 1994.

Botes then worked at Old Mutual Properties as a property manager in 1997. He became the ward councillor for Ward 102 (Randburg CBD and surrounds) in 2000 and was elected as a PR councillor in 2005 and again in 2011, mainly dealing with development planning and strategic issues. He worked for Primedia Outdoor as general manager: development from 2007 to 2010.


Douglas CohenExecutive Manager: Planning and Strategy

Douglas Cohen

Douglas Cohen is the Executive Manager: Planning and Strategy at the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA). His vast experience cuts a diverse range of industries, private and public sectors, but specifically with a programmatic focus on local government and on urban development. Prior to his appointment at the JDA, Mr Cohen was the Specialist: Strategic Support in the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Unit at the National Treasury from 2013 to 2015, Specialist: Economic Development at the SALGA (National) from 2009 to 2012, a consultant in the private sector between 2007- 2009. Before that he worked as a Programme Consultant in the Sector Support Programme, Economic Development Unit , City of Joburg 2005 – 2007.

Mr. Cohen holds formal qualifications including: Architecture (BaS – Wits), Project Management (Unisa), Business Administration (MBA– GIBS), Economics and Public Finance (Unisa) and Property Investment (Wits), amongst other qualifications He is currently completing a Masters in Urban Studies at UJ.


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