Our Board of Directors


ZL (KK) Combi (64)

Diploma in Public Relations

Chairperson of the Board, independent non-executive director, member of human capital committee and chairperson of the nomination committee

Mr Combi was the executive chairman of the Thembeka Capital Ltd. He holds a diploma in public relations and was awarded the EY South African of the Year award in 2000, as well as the World Entrepreneur of the Year in Managing Change award in 2001. Mr Combi is a member of the Institute of Directors and serves on various listed and unlisted companies’ boards.

Director since 29 March 2010.


N (Norman) Celliers (42)

B.Eng (Civil), Dip.Soc (Oxon),  MBA (Oxon)

Non-executive director, member of the social and ethics committee and the human capital committee

Mr Celliers holds a B.Eng (Civil) degree from the University of Stellenbosch and a MBA from the University of Oxford (England). His professional experience includes engineering, management consulting and private equity in South Africa and abroad. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Zeder Investments Limited since 2012 and serves on numerous boards including Capespan Group Limited (Chairman) and Quantum Foods Limited.

Director since 1 October 2012.


NS (Nonhlanhla) Mjoli-Mncube (56)

MA (City and Regional Planning), Executive leadership qualifications (Harvard and Wharton, USA), Postgraduate Certificate: Technology Management (Warwick, UK)

Independent non-executive director, member of the audit and risk committee

Ms Mjoli-Mncube is a fellow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Aspen Global Leadership Institute, USA. She is the former economic advisor to the Presidency and former deputy chair of the Construction Industry Development Board. Ms Mjoli-Mncube serves on the boards of several listed companies and has held executive positions. She is also a recipient of the SABC Businesswoman of the Year Award and currently manages her own construction company.

Director since 25 November 2004.


G (Gerrit) Pretorius (67)


Lead independent non-executive director, member of human capital and nomination committee

Mr Pretorius is an electrical engineer by qualification and profession. He was an executive director and CEO of Reunert Ltd until retiring in August 2010 after 37 years of service. Since his retirement, he has been appointed as a non-executive director on the boards of various companies.

Director since February 2012.


AH (Andile) Sangqu (50)

BCom (Acc), BCompt (Hons), CTA, Higher Dipl Tax, MBL

Independent non-executive director, chairman of the audit and risk committee

Drawing on 14 years of financial management experience at some of South Africa’s revered corporations, Mr Sangqu has garnered a deep understanding of the commercial market and business landscape. He has completed an Executive Development Programme (EDP) at Wits University as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership at Unisa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) in 2001. He has completed a High Performance Board (HPB) program at IMD Lausanne campus in Switzerland in October 2013. Mr Sangqu served as deputy-director-general (Finance and Corporate Services) of the National Department of Public Works, as well as being the former chief executive officer of Prodigy-Coris Asset Management and managing director of Budget Foods (Pty) Ltd. He currently serves as Executive Head of Anglo American South Africa.

Director since 24 February 2006.

Prof Karaan

Prof ASM (Mohammad) Karaan (48)

BSc Agric, BSc Agric (hons), MSc Agric, PhD

Independent non-executive director, chairman of social and ethics committee

Prof Karaan joined the Development Bank of Southern Africa as an economist and later returned to Stellenbosch to join the Rural Foundation as Head of Research. In 1997, he joined the University of Stellenbosch as a lecturer in Agricultural Economics. In October 2008, he became Dean of the Faculty of Agri Sciences at Stellenbosch University. He is a member of the National Planning Commission and holds other directorships in the agribusiness sector.

Director since 29 March 2010.


NW (Norman) Thomson (65)

BCom (Hons), CA(SA)

Independent non-executive director

Mr Thomson served as group finance director of Woolworths from 2001 until 2013. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Country Road in Australia and is chairman of the Woolworths group subsidiaries in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria and Zambia. Mr Thomson holds a BCom degree from Rhodes University and is a qualified Charted Accountant.

Director since 19 November 2015.


PJ (Piet) Mouton (40)

BCom (Maths)

Non-executive director

Mr Mouton is the chief executive officer of the PSG Group. He currently serves as a director on the boards of various PSG Group companies, including Curro Holdings, PSG Konsult, Zeder Investments and Capitec Bank. Mr Mouton holds a BCom (Maths) degree from Stellenbosch University.

Director since 19 November 2015.


SS (Sango) Ntsaluba (55)

BCom, BCompt (Hons), CTA, CA(SA), HDip Tax Law

Independent non-executive director

Mr Ntsaluba is the founding chief executive officer and executive chairman of Amabubesi Investments. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Barloworld. National Housing Finance Corporation, Basil Read and Ubank. Mr Ntsaluba holds a BCompt (Hons) degree from the University of South Africa and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (South Africa).

Director since 19 November 2015.

Pioneer_Lindiwe Mthimunye-Bakoro

LE (Lindiwe) Mthimunye-Bakoro (43)

B.Com, Postgraduate Diploma: Accounting, Postgraduate Diploma: Tax Law, MCom, CA(SA)

Independent Non-Executive Director, Member of the Audit Committee.

Ms Mthimunye-Bakoro is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and has extensive governance, finance and business experience, having worked in investment banking and served on the boards of various listed and unlisted companies including Woolworths, Group 5, Sea Harvest, PetroSA and Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

Director since 1 November 2016.


Phil Roux (51)

BCom (Hons), MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Roux joined Pioneer Foods from Tiger Brands where he held the position of business executive: consumer brands as well as serving as an executive director. He has 25 years’ experience in the FMCG industry in various senior positions, including chief operating officer: Africa for Coca Cola SABCO and non-executive director of Oceana Group Ltd.

He has been with the Group since April 2013.