Chamber appoints four new board members

2024-06-06
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The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has taken a significant step towards further enhancing its capacity and achieving its strategic goals by appointing four new board members at its 14th Annual General Meeting held at the Boardwalk Conference Centre today.

The new board members are Nomfundo Faltein, the Managing Director at Orion Engineered Carbons; Professor Andre Keet, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Transformation at Nelson Mandela University; Thuto Maepa, the Group Executive Human Resources at Sovereign Foods;  and Siyabonga Mthembu, Partner at BDO South Africa.

Chamber President Loyiso Dotwana says these new appointments are expected to bring fresh perspectives and expertise to the Chamber, aiding in the pursuit of its mission to retain and attract investment and jobs in Nelson Mandela Bay.

“The Chamber is excited about the calibre of the new additions to our board as they come from different sectors and bring diverse expertise in their respective roles. This will go a long way in injecting much-needed energy and agility in the Board as each individual brings unique qualities and fresh eyes.”

More about the new Board Members

  • Nomfundo Faltein

Nomfundo Faltein, the Managing Director of Orion Engineered Carbons, has over 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry having worked in all disciplines of Quality Management in manufacturing environments. She joined Orion Engineered Carbons in 2017 as Quality Manager and in 2022, was later promoted to her current leadership role.

She holds various qualifications including an MBA from the Nelson Mandela University.

  • Professor André Keet

Professor André Keet currently holds the Research Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation and is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Transformation at Nelson Mandela University. He is a former Visiting Professor at the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, UK and the 2018 Marsha Lilien Gladstein Visiting Professor of Human Rights at the University of Connecticut.

He served as Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and on the Commission for Gender Equality, before joining the university sector. Since entering the higher education field, Prof Keet has held professorial positions at the universities of Pretoria, Fort Hare and Free State. He has been serving as transformation advisor and practitioner in various capacities in the sector.

His research and post-graduate supervision focus on radical approaches to the study of higher education, such as critical and abolitionist university studies.

  • Siyabonga Mthembu

Siyabonga Mthembu is currently Partner at BDO SA and is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than ten years’ experience in the profession. He started his working career at Deloitte in Durban, followed by a number of years in the United Kingdom where he was seconded as a Financial Accountant at Tarmac Holdings. During his time in the UK, he gained experience in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

His experience as a Chief Financial Officer at mining services company Carocept has provided him with experience in financial management and overseeing financials for all areas of the business.

Before joining BDO, Siyabonga worked as an Associate Director at Ernst & Young(EY), where he worked on clients such as Moolmans Pty Ltd, Saab South Africa Pty Ltd, Assmang (Pty) Ltd and Siemens South Africa, to name a few.

Siya’s sector experience includes mining, construction and manufacturing.

  • Thuto Maepa

Thuto Maepa, is currently the Group Executive Human Resources at Sovereign Foods. She previously served in different roles at Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation, Standard Bank, SA Nkosi and Company and SA Nkosi and Company. Thuto holds an Executive Development Programme from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. She has extensive experience in Performance Management, Human Resources, Change Management, Succession Planning, Employee Relations and more.