Dismissed Armscor deputy chair is now a Denel director

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One of the new Denel board members was relieved of her duties as Armscor deputy chair by the Minister of Defence in August 2013.

Refiloe Mokoena was on Friday named as a new board member for the State-owned defence industry conglomerate which according to Public Enterprises Minister, Lynne Brown, is a “rotation”.

In a statement she names Mokoena as one of nine new directors, including a new chairman and non-executive director.

Mokoena obtained an LLB degree from the University of Natal in 1987 and a B Juris from the University of Zululand in 1985. An Armscor annual report confirms her having the same qualifications. The Public Enterprises statement goes on to say Mokoena has directorships in the Road Accident Fund (RAF) and the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA).

New chairman and non-executive director, Daniel Mantsha, replaces outgoing acting chair Martie Janse van Rensburg who Brown said did an outstanding job, along with the rest of the board in making Denel “a company truly on a path to positive sustainability”.

Mantsha obtained his B Juris in 1991 and LLB in 1993 both from the University of Venda. He has experience in corporate finance, transactional advising, business management, commercial law, media and communication law as well as administrative and constitutional law.

The other new Denel non-executive directors named by the Minister are Thamsanqa Msomi, Tauyame Mahumapelo, Pinkie Martha Mahlangu, retired lieutenant general Themba Nkabinde, Mpho Kgomongoe, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni and Nonyameko Mandindi.

Five of the new appointments are women.

Johannes Motseki was re-appointed a director in the interests of continuity.

Brief profiles of the new directors, supplied by the Department of Public Enterprises, are:

Msomi holds a B Juris from Unisa obtained in 2004. He is currently a chairperson of Inanda Newtown Housing Project Steering Committee and a director in a Section 21 company. He is also legal advisor to the Minister of Home Affairs.

Mahumapelo obtained a management development programme from the University of Pretoria in 2013 and a BSc financial/actuarial mathematics from University of Pretoria in 2004. He is currently managing director and owner of Gadikala Lodge. His expertise and experience in financial management, information management and business performance will add value to the board, according to the Department of Public Enterprises.

Mahlangu obtained a B Proc from University of North West in 1997. She is a Director at S.V Mahlangu Attorneys and prior to that was employed as candidate attorney at Gildenhuys Lessing and Malatji Attorneys.

Nkabinde obtained the following qualifications: Practical Project Management from UNISA in 2002, an MBA from Unisa in 2007 and is currently busy with his PHD at the University of the Western Cape. He is a retired lieutenant general in the SA Army and previously held different positions as an uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) officer in exile.

Kgomongoe obtained a B Com degree from the University of North West in 1999. She is currently employed by Sithole SS (CA) SA as an internal auditor. Kgomongoe also worked as assistant state accountant at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Ntshavheni obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Bradford University School of Management, United Kingdom in 2008, a BA Hons Labour Relations and BA Development Studies, both from University of Johannesburg in 2000, and a BA Political Science from University of Johannesburg in 1999. She is currently employed as managing director at Phore Farms.



Mandindi obtained a BSc Quantity Surveying from the University of Natal and Executive Leadership Development Programme from Arthur D. Little Management Education Institute, Boston, USA in 1995. She served as the chief executive officer of Royal Haskoning DHV Engineers between December 2011 and October 2014.