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Board of PetroSA

Bhekabantu Wilfred Ngubane (Interim Chairman)
BCompt, Dip Acc, CA(SA)

Mr. Ngubane is the founder and CEO of Ngubane & Co. Chartered Accountants which now has offices in four provinces. As a Registered Auditor, he has serviced many high-profile entities, such as Transnet, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Umgeni Water. Mr. Ngubane was appointed to the PetroSA Board in November 2014.  Currently he is serving as the Interim Chairman of the Board.  

William Solomon Steenkamp
Certificate of Management MANCOSA
Mr Steenkamp has served as the African National Congress (ANC) Northern Cape Provincial Secretary and ANC National Executive Committee member from 1992-1996. He served as South Africa’s Consul General to Milan, Italy 1998 – 2000. He is Managing Owner of Eagle Services since 2001 which is a fibre optic infrastructure build company, as well as socio-economic research consulting business. He is one of the founders and shareholder of Nexus Connexion which is the BEE company partner of NEOTEL.  He serves on the Perishable Products Export Control Board and chairs its ICT Committee. He also serves on the Board of PRASA and chairs its SHEQ Committee. Mr Steenkamp was appointed onto the PetroSA Board in November 2014 and chairs the Human Capital Board Committee.

Johlene Ntwane
BA (Hons) Anthropology; Cert. Public Relations; Cert Public Admin.
Mrs Ntwane is the Managing Director of K2011 (Pty) Limited, an Agricultural Research Consultancy. Previously, she was the Managing Director at Inis Consulting Solutions, a project management company. She serves on many boards and trusts, including the McGregor Museum Board, Central Drug Authority of South Africa, Winter Cereal Trust and the Vaal University of Technology Council.  Ms Ntwane was appointed to the PetroSA Board in November 2014.

Owen Cedric Tobias
Mr Tobias is a registered attorney and a partner at Webber Wentzel Inc., where he is responsible for integrated upstream and downstream oil and gas practices in Sub-Saharan Africa.  His experience in the petroleum industry includes having worked at Engen Petroleum and as a managing director of Engen Kenya, and at PetroSA as Head: Legal Counsel. Mr Tobias was appointed to the PetroSA Board in November 2014.
Muzi W Mkhize
BSc (Chem Eng), BCom, MBL
Mr. Mkhize is Chief Director: Hydrocarbons at the Department of Energy. He has more than 10 years’ working experience in the energy industry, which he accumulated after his engineering studies. He joined the Department of Minerals and Energy in 2005. Mr. Mkhize previously served on the CEF, iGas and SFF Boards. He joined the PetroSA Board in January 2015.

Banothile C. E. Makhubela
BSc. (Chem & Mathematics), BSc. (Hons.) Chem., MSc. (Chem.), PhD, PDM 
Dr. Makhubela holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cape Town, and is currently a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Johannesburg.
She is an academic and scientist researching in renewable energy and green chemicals processing/generation as well as petrochemical industry catalytic technologies. She has extensive knowledge and experience gained over a decade of academic research in industry relevant projects.
She also possesses a Postgraduate Diploma in Management and is currently advising/supervising scientific research studies at BSc. Honours, Masters and PhD level within the University of Johannesburg and the University of Cape Town. Dr. Makhubela is a current member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy, a young affiliate member of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and a member of the Catalysis Society of South Africa, amongst other roles she has occupied. She was appointed to the PetroSA Board in September 2015.

Thamsanqa Hlongwa
Mr Hlongwa is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Umgeni Water. He is a Chartered Accountant and has a BCom Honors in Accounting (CTA) from the University of Natal. He has worked for Deloitte in South Africa and New York.
Other roles he has held include as Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the KwaZulu Natal Provincial Government. He also previously worked as a Senior Manager at Siyaya Management Services. He currently serves as a Council Member at the Durban University of Technology and a Board Member at Msinsi Holdings. He also chairs the Audit Committees of various municipalities and municipal entities. Mr Hlongwa was appointed to the PetroSA Board in September 2015.

Frans Baleni
Cert. HR, Cert. Politics and Trade Unionism, Cert. BOT, BA Dev. Studies
Mr Baleni is the past General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, a role he held from 2006 until June 2015. He has vast experience as a member of various Boards, including international organisations.
He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (Deputy Chairperson), a Council Member and past Deputy Chairman of the University of Johannesburg. In the pre-1994 era, he served at CODESA, the body negotiating South Africa’s transition to democracy, focusing on the release of political prisoners and levelling the political playing field for all political parties. As a board member, Mr Baleni brings sound commercial, risk, governance and compliance skills, together with his expertise in health and safety, government relations and collective bargaining processes, industrial relations, human resources, negotiations and political background.
Mr. Baleni has a BA degree in Development Studies from the University of Johannesburg, and studied Political Science and Trade Unionism at Whitehall College (England), and Build on Talent (IMD: Switzerland). He was appointed to the PetroSA Board in September 2015.

Tebogo Isaac Rakgoale
B BJuris, LLB

Adv. Rakgoale has vast executive management experience in legal practice and the administration of law in both the private and public sectors. This encompasses strong competencies in policy formulation and strategic corporate governance, financial management, people management and project management. He is currently the Executive Manager of Corporate Services at the Limpopo Economic Development Corporation (LEDA). Other positions he has held include that of Special advisor to the Premier of Limpopo Provincial Government. He has also held a similar position in the Northern Cape Provincial Government. Other positions he has occupied, include a period as Chief State Law Advisor, Premier’s Office, Northern Cape Provincial Government, Acting Director General, Northern Cape Provincial Administration, General Manager Corporate Services, Premier’s Office, Northern Cape Provincial Government among others.

Adv. Rakgoale has also served as a board member of a number of organizations and companies, including several Government-appointed committees or commissions. He is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. Adv. Rakgoale has B.Juris and LLB degrees from the University of the North. He also has certificates and diplomas in management and leadership development. Adv. Rakgoale was appointed to the PetroSA Board in January 2016.​

Executive Directors
Kholly Zono 
Acting Group Chief Executive Officer (Group CEO)
Mr Zono holds a BSc Honours degree in Chemistry as well as an MBA and recently a BTheol degree.  He worked a Lecturer and Research Associate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.  He joined PetroSA as a Research Scientist in 1998 and has served in various internal roles such as a Chemist, Scheduler, Production Planner and LP Modeller. He has also held key roles in strategic projects; these include representing PetroSA on various engagements with the Department of Energy.  He was appointed to the role of Acting Vice President: Operations in June 2014.