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The CDC’s board members are well-respected, highly qualified experts with significant collective insight into industry, politics, economic and infrastructure development, business, administration, finance, sustainability and investment. They have been carefully selected for their professionalism, knowledge and in-depth understanding of the complexity of managing mega-projects like the Special Economic Zone (SEZ). They also maintain the vision and strategic direction of the organisation, linking it locally, nationally and internationally through industry and business networks, particularly as the CDC expands to assist local, provincial and national government with a number of key social and infrastructure development programmes.

The founding members in particular continue to give their support to the organisation – and other board members – on the non-SEZ developmental imperatives of the new democratic dispensation. Collectively, their institutional knowledge and organisational understanding contribute to maintaining strategic direction and objectives. All board members, however, play an active role in defining, shaping, monitoring and evaluating the annual performance outcomes of the CDC against its overall objectives and bring to the organisation their wealth of knowledge and experience.

Appointed: 1999

Dr Paul Jourdan is an independent consultant on resource-based and spatial development strategies, working across several African states as well as for SADC, the AU and UNECA. As Deputy Director-General in charge of Special Projects at the dti, Jourdan was responsible for the establishment of the IDZ programme, with the Coega IDZ and CDC as pioneer projects. Later, as CEO of Mintek, he contributed to minerals beneficiation growth strategies, including the planning of the metallurgical cluster at Coega.

He is on the Board of the GGDA (Gauteng Growth and Development Agency), the CEO of MEMSA (Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa) and a visiting Professor at Wits (SEBS; Development Economics).

Dr Jourdan holds a BSc in Geology and a BA in African Government from UCT; a Postgraduate Diploma in Exploration Geophysics from ITC (in the Netherlands) in Delft; an MSc in Mineral Economics, and MSc in Mineral Policy from Wits University; and a PhD in Politics from Leeds University.


Appointed: 1999

Mninawe (Pepi) Silinga is the founding CEO of the CDC, appointed on the establishment of CDC in 1999.

Silinga is a professionally registered Civil Engineer (Pr. Eng), Project Manager (PMP), Chartered Director (C.Dir) and a fellow of the South African Academy of Engineers (SAAE). He holds a BSc (Eng) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, MSc (Eng) (Wits) and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in the UK, and has participated in management programmes with Unisa (MDP), Stellenbosch (CMP), Oxford and INSEAD (AMP).

Silinga’s distinguished service and outstanding contribution to socio-economic development in the Eastern Cape through bringing the vision for the Coega SEZ to life was recognised in late 2014 with the Prestige Award of the NMMU Council.


Appointed: 2014

Shabeer Khan is the Chief Financial Officer of the dti, leading the Financial Management Services team. Mr Khan is responsible for driving the strategic objectives of the department and aligning its priorities with the necessary funding to ensure the dti achieves its objectives. He is a member of the dti’s Executive Board as well as the Bid, Risk and Ethics committees. He is also a member of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) audit committee.

Khan holds a BCom Honours Degree and is a registered Chartered Accountant. He joined the dti in 2013, having previously worked for the Auditor-General of South Africa where he was responsible for managing numerous audit portfolios and taking the lead in many United Nations audit assignments.


Appointed: 2018 

Ayanda Mjekula, is a member of the Institute of Directors of S.A. He currently holds positions on various boards, including Safika Holdings. He has held board positions at CEF SOC, UBank Limited and the World Petroleum Congress. He is also currently the chairperson of the National Arts Festival- Grahamstown and deputy Chairperson of the council of the University of Fort Hare.

Mjekula has extensive banking experience, having held executive management positions at Nedbank and Standard Bank, over a period of twenty-four years. He was the first black person to be appointed in an executive management position in any bank in South Africa. In 1989, he was honoured with the Black Management Forum/ Kellogs’s manager of the year award, in recognition of his managerial achievements.

As Chief Executive of the South Africa Supplier Development Agency, Mjekula gained extensive experience in enterprise and supplier development. He has played a major role in the energy sector, particularly in the liquid fuels industry. He holds a BA degree in English from the University of Fort Hare and an MBA in Financial Accounting from Western Michigan University.


Appointed: 2019

Mr Sogoni holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and Higher Diploma in Education from the erstwhile University of Transkei as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Fort Hare.

Mr Sogoni is a highly experienced leader with extensive experience gathered in roles he played in the public and private sectors. He began his career as an Educator, Head of Department & Deputy Principal at various schools in the Eastern Cape. He then moved to the Eastern Cape’s Department of Education as Deputy Director of Human Resource Administration. He later became Executive Mayor of the Alfred Nzo District Municipality before joining the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature as Member of the Provincial Legislature.

Mr Sogoni has served as Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development & Environmental Affairs and MEC Agriculture & Rural Development. He also had a short stint as Premier of the Eastern Cape before the 2009 election. Mr Sogoni also served as Director General of the Province of the Eastern Cape before moving to Department of Trade & Industry as the Head of SEZ Compliance & Accountability.

During his service to the Eastern Cape government, Mr Sogoni rendered shareholder oversight over numerous government entities, namely: Eastern Cape Development Corporation; Coega Development Corporation; East London Industrial Development Zone; Eastern Cape Tourism Board; Eastern Cape Parks Board; Eastern Cape Gambling Board; and Eastern Cape Liquor Board. He also served as a Member of the Board at various entities including the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative of South Africa (Eastern Cape), Eastern Cape Socio-Economic & Consultative Council, Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency and the Kangela Citrus Farm.

Mr Sogoni is currently the Head of Business Development at Old Mutual’s Masisizane Fund. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa as well as Chairperson of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) Board.


Appointed: 2019

Batandwa, a chartered accountant, has more than 17 years’ experience, worked in senior accounting, auditing, and risk management roles at South African state-owned enterprises as well as in the private sector at leading accounting and professional services firm’s operations in South Africa and the Netherlands. She is currently a director at Libana Consulting (Pty) Ltd.

Before that, she has held various key positions such as the Chief Financial Officer of BAIC Automobile Pty Ltd "BAIC SA", a Chinese car maker that has recently built a plant in Coega for 2 years; Chief Financial Officer of African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation - a state owned mining company established to secure South Africa’s energy supply primarily through the mining and supply of coal for 5 years; and various other roles - including Special Services Group Manager and doing articles at Deloitte’s Cape Town, Johannesburg and Amsterdam offices.

She is a non-executive director at the following companies, Innowind Power Projects - Chaba Pty Ltd, Waainek Wind Power Pty Ltd and Grassridge (Pty) Ltd; Coega Development Corporation; and Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

As part of the oversight role in the boards, she advises in the area of expertise in financial management and corporate finance, auditing, risk management, good corporate governance and business strategy development.

She has previously been an external marker at UNISA for Honours Accounting for 6 years until 2017.



Appointed: 2019

Dr Monde Mnyande is an Independent Consultant offering Strategic Advisory Services to key clients in the public and private sectors, both nationally and internationally. He currently serves as a member of the Eastern Cape Planning Commision and one of the Advisors to the Premier of the Eastern Cape. He is also a Council Member and Advisor at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), located in New York, USA.

Dr Mnyande was Chief Economist and Advisor to the Governor at the South African Reserve Bank from 2009 until 2012. He was a member of the Monetary Policy Committee, the Board of Directors of the South African Mint (Pty) Ltd and the Board of Directors of the South African Bank Note (Pty) Ltd. He chaired the Board of the South African Reserve Bank Captive Insurance Company Limited (SARBCIC). He is VIce President of the Economic Society of South Africa and a certified International Central Banking Professional.

He holds an MA (Finance) degree from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri; an MBA degree from St. Louis University, as well as a PhD (Economics) from the New School University in New York.


Appointed: 2019

Nomonde Mtembu has worked at Tescor for 31 years in various positions such as Hydro plant Operator at First Falls and Collywobbles from 1987. When Eskom took over Tescor after the 1994 elections, she held various positions, such as an Operations Controller, Materials Requirement Planner (MRP) Controller and Special Projects. From 2013 until 2018, she was the Senior MRP Controller.

She holds a qualification in Labour Law from the Nelson Mandela University, a Higher Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Western Cape, a Diploma in Supply Chain Management from the Institution CS Holdings Midrand and a Certificate in Labour Studies from the Natal Technikon.

She is currently completing a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Southern Business School. 


Appointed: 2019

Phila Xuza is the Director of the Centre for Small Towns Regeneration (Pty) Ltd, (CSTR), a Strategic, a Technical Advisor and Mentor aimed at awakening the intrinsic worth of small towns as valuable contributors to the stimulation of vibrant regional economies. CSTR is positioned as the primary resource and support to both local and regional development initiatives of national and provincial governments in South Africa and beyond.

In addition, she works in Economic Development and Regeneration Programmes on short-term contracts and assignments within government/municipal entities since 2012. Such contracts include working with Nelson Mandela University as Project Manager to investigate, scope and research the Oceans Economy in the Eastern Cape over the period of December 2018 to December 2019. Prior to this, in February to April 2018, she assisted the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council to deliver its Service Level Agreement with O.R. Tambo District Municipality.

In 2015, she was appointed to resuscitate the agency owned by the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality. This included the development of Policies and Board Committees, Systems and Controls for proper administration and paving the way for the appointment of the Chief Executive in November 2015.

Xuza has a Master of Arts degree (Geography) from the University of Witswaterstrand, a Diploma in Project Management from Damelin in Cape Town, a Bachelor of Science Honours from the University of Fort Hare and a Bachelor of Arts (English & Geography) from the University of Fort Hare.


Appointed: 2019

Mzuvukile Mququ is the Director of Strategic Procurement and Transversal Contract Management at the Eastern Cape Provincial and Planning Treasury since 2015 to date, where some of his main responsibilities include implementing strategic sourcing for strategic commodities and implementing the Local Economic Development Procurement Framework in the Province.

Between 2012 until his latest appointment in 2015, he has held positions such as Director of Monitoring and Support and Director of Contracts and Supplier Management at the Eastern Cape Provincial and Planning Treasury.

He worked for the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as a Supply Chain Monitor in 2007 until 2008, after which he was appointed as the Contracts Manager at the Transnet National Ports Authority and later as the Eastern Cape Regional Commercial Specialist at Transnet Port Terminal.

Mququ is currently pursuing his Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management from  the North West University. He holds a Certificate in Advanced Programme in Sourcing and Supply Chain Management from UNISA and a BTech in Cost and Management Accounting from the Cape University of Technology.

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