Board of Directors


Position and qualificationsExperienceAveng board committee

Kobus Verster


BCom (Hons), MBL, EMP

Kobus was appointed CEO of Aveng in February 2014.

Kobus was appointed to the Board as financial director in September 2010.

He serves on the boards of various group companies including Aveng (Africa) (Pty) Ltd, McConnell Dowell and Aveng Trident Steel.

Prior to joining Aveng, Kobus was the chief financial officer of ArcelorMittal (South Africa) and also held various senior management positions at ArcelorMittal.

Member of Executive Committee;
Tender Risk Committee

Juba Mashaba

Executive Director

BA, LLB (Swaziland), Human Resources Executive Programme (University of Michigan Business School)

Juba was appointed to the Board in October 2007.

He serves on the boards of group companies Aveng (Africa) (Pty) Ltd and Aveng Trident Steel Holdings. Juba’s HR career started in 1995 with Eskom as a group HR manager. In 1997, he was appointed HR director of Simba, and that role was expanded in 2004 to include the PepsiCo businesses in subSaharan Africa. In 2004, he was appointed to the board of ArcelorMittal (South Africa) as executive director, HR. He further served on the human resources and nomination committee, transformation committee, and safety, health and environmental committee of ArcelorMittal (South Africa).

Member of Executive Committee

Adrian Macartney

Financial Director BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)

Adrian was appointed to the Board on 8 September 2014.

Member of executive committee

Michelle Nana

Director of Aveng Africa

Michelle has 13 years’ industry and related experience and was appointed to the Board of Aveng Africa on 1 May 2015


Position and qualificationsExperienceAveng board committee

Sean Flanagan

Independent non-executive director

Bachelor of Science (Building)

Sean Flanagan has over 30 years of industry-specific experience derived from contract and claims negotiation, project engineering, project and construction management, setting company strategies, leading mergers and acquisitions, trouble shooting in underperforming projects and businesses, as well as full executive responsibility for a large portfolio of businesses and major projects. Mr Flanagan was previously with Murray & Roberts for 19 years in which time he occupied a range of operational, general management and executive director board roles, as well as with Erbacon, and most recently as a Consultant to Eskom on the Medupi Project, through Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Mahomed Seedat

Independent non-executive director Chairman

BEng (Electrical), PMD, GCC

Mahomed was appointed to the Board on 4 July 2012.

Mahomed is chairman of Eastern Platinum Limited and Western Platinum Limited. He is also a non-executive director of Lonmin plc and an independent non-executive director of Mechel Mining OAO. He was previously chief operating officer of Lonmin plc and served as president of Lonmin South Africa and as president of Energy Coal of BHP Billiton plc. Mahomed also served as president and chief operating officer of Ingwe Collieries Limited (BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa Limited) and president and chief operating officer Aluminium Southern Africa, with responsibility for the operations at the  Hillside and Bayside Aluminium Smelters in Richards Bay, South Africa and the  Mozal Aluminium Smelter in Mozambique.

Chairman of the Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee.

Member of the following committees:

Competition Law Reference Committee, Safety, Health and Environmental Committee, Remuneration and Nomination Committee, Risk Committee

Peter Erasmus

Independent non-executive director

Pr Eng, BSc (Civil) (Hons), BCom (Cum Laude), MSAICE

Peter was appointed to the Board in March 2011.

Peter has worked on major infrastructural projects in South Africa and the Middle East where, over the last 10 years, he has been involved in a spectrum of private public partnership projects and dispute resolution. He is a professional engineer and was previously the chief operating officer of Group Five and held  managing director and senior management roles at Stewart Scott International, Tolcon, Keeve Steyn Inc and Tolplan Consortium. He is a member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers and is managing director of KeyQuoin.

Chairman of Risk Committee
Member of Tender Risk Committee

May Hermanus

Independent non-executive director

BSc (Geology), MSc (Physical Metallurgy), Takemi Fellow, Harvard University, Fellow SAIMM

May was appointed to the Board in September 2009.

May has worked in various positions in the private, public and NGO sectors in South Africa. She is a former deputy director general of the Department of Minerals and Energy for mine safety and health. May serves on the boards of the Rail Safety Regulator, the Minerals and Mining Development Board of the Department of Mineral Resources, the Council for Geoscience, Sacred Heart College and is chairperson of the Bokamoso Trust, the employee share option scheme of AngloGold Ashanti. She is currently the Executive Director: Natural Resources and the Environment at the CSIR, continues to be associated with the University of the Witwatersrand in a visiting capacity and is a fellow of the SAIMM.

Chairman of Safety, Health and Environmental Committee

Member of the Competition Law Reference Committee

Michael Kilbride

Independent non-executive director

BSc (Hons) Mining Engineering, (RSM, London University), MDP (Unisa), SEP (London Business School)

Michael was appointed to the Board on 4 July 2012.

Michael’s career includes working for Anglo American in the gold mining sector as well as serving as an executive director of both Kumba Resources and Exxaro Resources. He also serves on the board of Continental Coal where he is the non-executive chairman. Michael brings extensive experience in mining to the Board.

Member of the following committees:

Risk Committee, Investment Committee, Safety, Health and Environmental Committee.

Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe

Independent non-executive director

Dip Education (Swaziland), BSc (Swaziland), MSc (UK), SEP (Harvard), MCRP (IMD)

Thoko was appointed to the Board in December 2010.

Thoko is currently the CEO of Kutana Investment Group and the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard South Africa and Alcatel South Africa. She has held senior positions at Siemens Telecommunications, Lucent Technologies and Telkom. She serves as an independent non-executive director on the boards of Vodacom Group, Absa Bank and KnorrBremse SA.

Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee

Member of Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee

Eric Diack

Independent non-executive member of the Board

B.Acc CA (SA), AMP Harvard & UCT

Eric has extensive experience of the South African Industrial and Mining landscape. During his corporate and entrepreneurial career, Eric fulfilled numerous senior and executive financial management positions and he has been integral to the negotiation and successful conclusion of a multitude of transactions. Eric is currently a Non-executive Director on the Boards of African Consolidated Resources,Bidvest Group, Bidvest Bank and McConnell Dowell. Eric has previously served on numerous major listed and unlisted company boards. 

Chair of the Audit Committee

Member of the following committees:

Investment Committee, Risk Committee.

Kholeka Mzondeki

Independent non-executive member of the Board

B.Com, ACCA (UK)

Kholeka is an experienced Finance Director (FD/CFO) who has led diverse teams of professionals in a variety of highly competitive industries, markets and fast-paced environments. She has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, financial business unit development, risk management, project implementation, system engineering strategies, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and negotiations.  Kholeka has worked in multiple industries and geographies.

Kholeka is currently an independent non-executive director on the Telkom board as a member of their Audit and Investment committees, the Sentula Mining board as a member of their Audit and Risk committee, as well as Bauba Platinum board as the Chairperson of their Audit, Social and Ethics committee.  Internationally, Kholeka sits on the United Nations body in Rome as an audit committee member. Through her involvement with WFP she was invited a subject expert on the recruitment of new audit committee member on the UN Global Fund based in Geneva. She is also a Council member of ACCA, a global accountancy body.

Member of the following committees:

Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee, Audit Committee.

Philip Hourquebie

Independent non-executive directorCA (SA), BCom Finance, Bachelor of Accountancy

Philip was appointed to the Board in August 2015.

Philip has extensive operation and strategic experience, gained particularly from his long career at Ernest & Young.

During this time he held various positions including the position of CEO South Africa; Managing Partner: Sub-Saharan Africa Region; and Managing Partner: Central and South-East Europe Region

Member of Investment and Audit committees.