Mr. Mafika E. Mkwanazi has been the Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director of Transnet SOC Limited since December 13, 2010. Mr. Mkwanazi’s area of expertise is Corporate governance, engineering and strategy. Mr. Mkwanazi has been a Director of Transnet Ltd. since 2010. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Eskom Holdings SOC Limited since June 2011.
Mr Mafika Mkwanazi:
I was born 31st January 1954 in Soweto. I attended a number of schools in Soweto and Matriculated at Orlando West High School in 1972. While in high school was a hawker on railways and bus stations.
I stared my working life at Frank and Hirsch as an accounts clerk in 1973. Could not start university in 1973 because my preferred university was for a select ethnic grouping as per the then existing laws and regulations.
I completed a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Zululand in 1978. I taught Maths and Electronics at Anchor Senior Secondary School in 1983.
I graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Natal in 1984. I was sponsored by Anglo American. This meant that I had to work on their mines for at least two years. This was done through Kriel Colliery working as a junior graduate engineer. I obtained a Management development Diploma at Wits University in 1987 and a diploma in Strategies for successful Management at Wharton University in 1990.
I am currently a non executive director of: SABS, Stefanutti and Stocks; MSC Depots; MSC Logistics; MSC South Africa; Saatchi and Saatchi, and non executive Chairman of HULAMIN. I am also a director and shareholder of a number of small BEE companies that are used to participate in BEE opportunities.
Was a non executive director of Nedbank from April1999 to November 2009? While at Nedbank I served in a number of committees including Audit, Risk, and Credit and was chairman of an IT strategy and Innovation committee called SIMCO. Was Chairman of Western Areas Limited from September 2003 to August 2005? Was Chairman of Letseng Diamonds in Lesotho and Letseng Investment Holdings from 2003 till 2006? I was also President of the South
America Cup Challenge (a section 21 company organising to participate in a worldwide ocean race which took place in 2007).
I was at some stage CEO of Metrorail (1995 to 1996), Executive director of Transnet (1996 to 2001); CEO of Transnet (2001 to 2003); Chairman of SAA, Propnet, V&A Waterfront Holdings and Spoornet, Member of Eskom Council (1996 to 1999), and non executive director of the IDC (1996 to 1999).
I was also a senior manager (reporting to the Technical Director) of BMW SA in charge of Total Quality Management of all of production at BMW Rosslyn plant. I was also in charge of Metrology as part of a service we offered to the production lines. I was closely involved in implement ISO and VDA related quality management systems for this plant. I was later transferred to become Plant Manager of BMW Engine Plant South Africa (1992 to 1994).
I was also; Plant Manager of Bristol Myers Squibb (1989 to 1991) in charge of their FMCG manufacturing processes, Unit Manager (Packaging) of South African Breweries (1986 to 1989) and Graduate Engineer of AMCOAL (1984 to 1986). I have served as a trustee of a Property Trust and Pension Funds.
I am Chairman of one of these called Shamsko Projects. Shamsko Projects has shares in listed entities (Sasol and MTN).I recently (January 2010) bought a 26% stake in a quarry in KZN through one of my small companies called Marble Gold 237 (pty) ltd. I was appointed non executive director of this company from the 1st January 2010.
In June 2010 I was appointed to be a member of a State Owned Enterprises Review Committee which reported to Minister Collins Chabane in the Presidency. The work of this committee was estimated to take not more than twelve months,