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Pragasen Naidoo

Mr Pragasen Naidoo  of 2020  was appointed PetroSA Group CEO at the beggining of 2020., Prior to this move he was  the Group Chief Operations and Business Development

Officer at the Central Energy Fund (CEF), a holding company of PetroSA. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and a MSc in Engineering , he has 18 years’  experience in the petroleum  industry  spanning  the areas of Human Capital Development and Management, Technology Development and Engineering, Capital Project Execution, Business Development and Operations. Mr. Naidoo also had extensive  exposure to the local and international business  environments.


Nombulelo Tyandela

National Diploma in Internal Audit; B. Com; B.Com (Hons); CA (SA)

Ms Tyandela joined PetroSA in January 2006 working as a Senior Internal Auditor in the office of the Chief Executive Officer. In 2008, she joined the Trading, Supply & logistics Division as the Head of the Back Office She was later approached to act at the Chief Audit Executive in April 2017 and was later appointed on the permanent basis on the same position. She was appointed to the role of Acting Chief Financial Officer in September 2020.

Nombulelo is an active and practising member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant, Institute of Internal Auditors as well as Tax Practitioners.

Her working career began with an insurance company in 1994, Norwich Life, and she later joined the then Caltex (now Astron Energy) before moving to Mossel Bay to work for Mossgas (PetroSA). In 1998, she joined Deloitte where she completed her training (articles) requirement toward her qualification for her CA (SA).  On completion of her training contract, she joined Internal Audit Department at Engen Oil Petroleum before returning to PetroSA in January 2006.

Ms Tyandela is currently a member of the Board of Cidb (Construction Industry Development Board) and Chairperson of Cidb Audit Risk and Governance Committee. She is also a Council member for West Coast TVET College and a Chairperson of the TVET’s Audit & Risk Committee. 


Kholly Zono
BSc(Hons)Chemistry, MBA, BTheol

Mr Zono holds a BSc Honours degree and Masters of Technology degree in Chemistry as well as an MBA and a BTheol degree.  He worked as 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, Planning and Optimisation Manager. Mr Zono has also held key roles in strategic projects; these include Master plan development, representing PetroSA on various engagements with the Department of Energy. He has acted in the role of Vice President: Operations from June 2014 until October 2017 and in November 2017 Mr Zono was appointed Acting Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) (i.e. combined role) until November 2018.

He was appointed to the position of COO in January 2018 a position that he holds to date.


Thabiso Manne

B Chemical Eng, BSc Chemistry, MBL

Mr Manne has been working in the Petroleum and Chemical Industry for more than 22 years. He started his career at Sasol where he worked in Research and Development, Technical Support and Operations Management.

After joining PetroSA in 2009, he was assigned to the team tasked with the development of Project Mthombo, a project to build a crude oil refinery in Port Elizabeth.  He subsequently assumed the business development responsibilities for projects in the New Ventures Midstream division. He also contributed to key national energy policy initiatives such as Cleaner Fuels and the National Integrated Energy Plan. Mr Manne is a member of the Boards of GTL.F1, PetroSA’s Joint Venture technology company, as well as PetroSA Ghana. 

He currently the, Acting VP Midstream, a role he assumed since January 2019.



Omphile Mohapanele

B.Admin, BA Hons

Mr Mohapanele has over 20 years’ human resources generalist experience gained in industries spanning the mining, cement and lime and petrochemical industries.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Public administration degree from the University of the North West.  He also possesses a BA Honours degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the University of Cape Town.   

He has also held the position of  Human Capital Client Manager responsible for the Operations Division.  


Odoi Paul Qabaniso Chibambo

Certificate Strategic Management, Dip (Marketing), MBA. 

Mr Chibambo has more than 39 years’ of experience in the downstream business. Before joining PetroSA as the Business Development Manager for the Sub- Sahara, he was the Trading Manager at BP South Africa responsible for the trading and strategy in BP Integrated Supply and Trading Division.

He brings extensive experience in the downstream having spent 28 years with the BP Africa region which included 16 years in the Retail and Commercial business where he was responsible for sales and marketing. He served as Regional Head of Logistics covering Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe where he successfully developed a regional supply strategy for the inland markets for BP Africa. The last 12 years in BP he served in various trading roles within BP’s Integrated Supply and Trading where he successfully developed BP’s Trading business in Africa and implemented a new business model which supported the transitioning of the management of BP’s Trading business from Europe to Asia

He was appointed as the Acting VP TS&L in December 2018.


Marlene Khumalo

BProc., PGD (Taxation), Admitted Attorney 

Ms Khumalo served in the Potable and Wastewater sectors for more than15 years.

She has experience in, among others, Company Secretariat, Legal, Compliance and Risk Management. She commenced employment at PetroSA in September 2018 in the position of Group Company Secretary.