Dr Wallace Mqoqi
Dr Wallace Mgoqi is the former City Manager of the City of Cape Town, the former Chief Land Claims Commissioner on the Restitution of Land Rights dealing with land claims, specifically over a period of eight years. He is a former Attorney and Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He holds a B.A Soc. Science, LLB, degrees, Post –graduate qualifications from Harvard University, USA, and the Development Lawyers Course at the International Development Law Institute in Rome, Italy. Prior to this, he joined the Legal Resources Centre as a Fellow and later as an admitted Attorney. In 2002, Dr Mgoqi was the third recipient of the prestigious Sir Sidney and Lady Felicia Kentridge Award; and was also honoured with the Adv Duma Nokwe Award, administered by the Commission for Gender Equality, the Independent Electoral Commission, and the SA Human Rights Commission. The University of Cape Town, his alma mater, was the first to confer the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa on Wallace Mgoqi, in recognition of a lifetime of extra-ordinary achievement in promoting and using law as an instrument of justice, in 2002. In 2004, Dr Mgoqi received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the Walter Sisulu University. In the same year he received the third Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the City University of New York, Queens School of Law, New York, USA.
Chief Executive Officer
Howard Plaatjes has been appointed as the Chief executive officer for AYO. He previously held the position of Chief Operations Officer at Independent Media and has been with the wider Group since August 2013.
He is a senior transformation and business performance turnaround executive for over 25 years with experience in Southern Africa and a strong network of contacts within the region
After serving articles at KPMG, he has been the MD, CEO, COO & CFO of
companies in a variety of business sectors at various lifecycle stages -Start-up, survival, stabilisation, growth & maturity. He is accustomed to reporting to international holding companies including the US, UK, Ireland, Japan and Spain.
He has held various executive roles in several sectors including technology, telecommunication, retail, financial services, media, FMCG, and oil and gas.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr Bundo is a Chartered Accountant by profession with over 9 years of experience. Mr Bundo completed his articles with PKF and spent a year with Deloitte before joining Premier Fishing SA (Pty) Ltd. He has over 5 years of experience as the Group head of finance at Premier Fishing. As part of the executive management team he is responsible for the financial and administrative functions of the Group, IT, procurement, risk management, systems reviews, assisting operations teams on operations review and improvements and corporate finance. Mr Bundo has contributed greatly to the efficiency and accuracy of financial reporting in the Group as well as systems and operations reviews. He has won awards as the AEEI Group divisional finance head of the year for the 2012 and 2014 financial years.
Director of Corporate Affairs
Vanessa is the corporate affairs director responsible for corporate affairs, human resources, regulatory compliance, corporate social investment and group communication.
Vanessa has executive management experience in business operations, human resources and corporate services. She has been involved in business operations aligning strategic plans to create synergies across various business units, while focusing on talent, retention and development. Having served as group executive for Human Resources at the Independent Media Group, Vanessa has more than 20 years of Human Resource Management experience. She was instrumental in transforming the legacy print media operation to a modern digital operation.
Her strengths lie in talent management and acquisition, employee relations, leadership, learning and growth as well as HR information systems. She brings to this portfolio her specialist learning and growth expertise with excellent employee relations hereby creating value for the Group in aligning strategic HR and corporate affairs.
Dr Ngoako Ramathlodi
Advocate Dr Ramatlhodi holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence, Bachelor of Law, Master of Science in International Relations and was admitted as an Advocate to the Bar of Lesotho in 1997; and then admitted to the Bar of South Africa in 2009. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree by the University of Limpopo. Advocate Ramatlhodi has years of business experience.
Ms Mosia is a South African female professional, with more than 15 years experience in Credit Risk, Financial and Business Management, amassed from various positions and different roles in her career life. In addition, she has extensive training in General and Credit Management, Finance, Internal Auditing and Forensic Auditing. Ms Mosia was also involved in multiple roles including Internal Audit, Forensic Audit, Budget Management, Credit Risk Management, Operational Management, for the same financial services unit. Her experience in Audit was acquired over a period of six years. From 2000 to 2008, Ms Mosia headed the Financial Services Unit of a large state-owned entity at a Regional/ Corridor level. Ms Mosia was appointed as the CEO of The Bridge of Hope Wine and currently the CEO of Black Business Chamber.
Aziza Begum Amod
Ms. Amod is a professional director, businesswoman, philanthropist and entrepreneur with more than 30 years of business experience in the retail sector. She provides consultancy to women-owned businesses in the areas of impact investment, social innovation, and technology applications for social impact in the food and retail sector. She currently serves as a director and trustee of various business entities and trusts.
Mr Rasethaba holds a BA Accounting, University of Northerner Iowa, United States of America and proceeded to complete his M Phil (Accounting) at the University of Hull, United Kingdom. He is currently the Chairman of Xpanse Investments Sites-Afla and served as the Chairman of the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and the Transnet Tender Board. Mr Rasethaba has also served other enterprises and boards including the Gauteng Gambling Board and the Northwest Transport Corporation. He also has experience, covering functions involved in the formulation, development and implementation of information technology strategies obtained in South Africa, the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Mr Rasethaba served as chairman of the Financial Services Working Group and on the task team aimed at establishing the BRICS Rating Agency. He was appointed in an acting capacity as one of the council members of the South African BRICS Business Council. Mr Rasethaba serves in the B20 Trade and Investment Task Force and is the member of the B20 High Level International Business Advocacy Caucus.
Dr Dennis George
Dr. Dennis George is the General Secretary of the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) and plays a key role in NEDLAC with the successful negotiations of the Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Sector in 2013, engaging with the Deputy President, labour and business leaders. Shortly after the financial crisis of November 2008, Dr. George was part of Team South Africa in facilitating the achievement of higher inclusive economic growth and employment creation. Team South Africa engaged with Standards and Poor, Fitch and Moody’s at the request of National Treasury to restore the investment ratings of the country. Dr. George has a Masters degree and has recently completed his degree for Doctor of Philosophiae in the Management of Technology and Innovation.
Mr I Amod holds a National Diploma in Civil Engineering. Having spent 7 year in the engineering industry he turned to business after completing various courses in entrepreneurship and marketing before joining a food ingredient business as a managing director. He expanded and grew the company which was sold in 2008. During that period, he was appointed as CEO of a subsidiary in the Sekunjalo Investment group, dealing with the manufacture of medical devices and medical diagnostic kits and travelled often to attend international trade shows to promote exports into foreign markets. In 2006 he was appointed in the role of both Marketing director and Operating Officer of Genius Biotherapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company in the AEEI group. He was responsible for overseeing the re-design, construction and project management of Ribotech a biopharmaceutical facility in Cape Town in 2009, to comply with international GMP code. He currently serves on the Siemens SA board as an alternate director for Sekunjalo Investment Holdings.