NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS2018-10-30T12:36:44+00:00


Independent Non-executive Director
BCom Hons (Accounting) (University of Natal), CA(SA),
Certificates in Geology, Debt Restructuring and Mezzanine Finance

Sifiso completed his articles and was appointed an internal audit manager at KPMG, where he stayed until 2005. He then joined RMB as a credit analyst, where he managed a portfolio holding over R100 billion in facilities covering the metals & mining sectors and was also involved in BEE capital raises of over R50 billion. By 2008, Sifiso was co-team leader and the runner-up in RMB’s Analyst of the Year 2008 competition. He subsequently left RMB and founded Sotobe Chartered Accountants, a risk & corporate advisory as well as private equity investment firm. Sifiso serves currently on the boards of some investee companies.


Independent Non-executive Director
Post graduate and Advanced Diplomas in Project Management, currently studying towards a Masters (Commerce – Project Management) (Cranefield College of Management)

Silvanus begun his career in 1989 in manufacturing with Pakco, and thereafter moved into a financial role at the Durban City Council. After later serving at Santam as a project leader, Silvanus joined SITA in October 2000 where he is still currently employed as Programme Manager. Silvanus has over two decades of experience in financial risk management, procurement oversight and management, quality control and technology and systems risk management and brings a wealth of expertise in the field of project management. Silvanus is also a sought-after and frequent speaker on project and risk management on the international professional speaking circuit.


Independent Non-executive Director
BCompt Hons (Accounting)
(University of Johannesburg), CA(SA)

Meriam completed her articles with Ernst & Young in 2004 and continued as an auditor until she became a senior manager: servicing a number of large listed and private corporations. Her responsibilities also included IFRS, US SEC & US GAAP compliance, as well as internal audit mandates. In 2013 she joined international energy group, BP, where she serves until today as Assurance, Risk and Controls Manager with specific responsibilities for financial management and business controls, risk management, ethics & compliance and governance & reporting. In these roles, she has designed and implemented self-assurance and interventionist process for BP’s Southern African businesses, reporting directly to the Group CFO.

CARLA DOOLING (nee Cloete)

Independent Non-executive Director
LLB, LLM (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal)

Carla completed her articles at Bowman Gilfillan and practiced as an associate for four years in the M&A and Capital Markets teams. She was lead legal counsel on a number of matters for a variety of clients, including Tongaat Hulett, Barclays, Netcare, Steinhoff, GoldFields, Anglo American, UBS, Morgan Stanley, AngloGold Ashanti and Goldman Sachs.

Carla has spent the last eight years at RMB as legal advisor in the Global Market division, which covers all market facing transactions. She advises, structures, negotiates and executes the legal aspects including risk management, legal agreements, commodities trading and pricing and derivatives structuring and execution.


Independent Non-executive Chairman
BSc. Chemical Engineering (University of Natal), Certificate Programme for Finance and Accounting (Wits Business School)

David’s professional affiliations include, inter alia, member of Ministerial Advisory Council for Energy from 2015 to 2017, SA Institution of Chemical Engineers since 1974, Institute of Directors (IoD) since 2014 and Secretary General of SA National Energy Association (SANEA – SA Member Committee of World Energy Council) since 2012.

David began his career in 1974 as a Metallurgist for Anglo American before moving to, amongst others, Engen in 1991 where he spent 23 years. Towards the end of his tenure as a long-serving member of the senior management team, he acted as Special Advisor to the MD and CEO. Since August 2014 David has pursued industry consulting for clients including the Central Energy Fund, Phembani and Sasol Mining


Independent Non–executive Director
B.Com (Accounting) degree from the University of Zululand, a B.Compt Honours from UNISA and has completed a Management Advanced Program at Wits Business School

Thabo is the Managing Director and co-founder of the Thesele Group and has more than 27 years’ experience in the Food & Beverages, Petrochemicals, ICT and Financial Services sectors. He is former global director at Cazenove PLC and director of Corporate Finance in South Africa. Thabo serves on the boards of a number of JSE-listed companies.


Independent Non–executive Director
B.Sc Honours (Mathematics) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Leicester. He completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania.

Sello is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of Thesele Group. As a result of his career spanning 24 years, he possesses a wealth of experience in financial services. He is the former CEO of Old Mutual Asset Managers and former deputy CEO of Capital Alliance Asset Managers. Sello serves on the boards of a number of JSE-listed companies.


Independent Non–executive Director
B.Com (Financial Accounting), a B.Com Honours (Accounting Sciences), and a Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy – all from the University of Pretoria. He also holds the EVCA Certificate in Institutional Private Equity Investing through the Said Business School – University of Oxford).

Oliver is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Oliver joined Thesele as a Senior Executive in November 2015. In his 13-year career post articles at PwC, he has held various Associate and Executive roles in Banking, Corporate Finance and Private Equity.