ABVA elects new board

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ABVA (the Association of BEE Verification Agencies) is pleased to announce the election of the new Board of Directors for the 2010-2011 period. At the latest Annual General Meeting attended by the ABVA membership, three new members were elected and four members were re-elected to posts on the Board. The new ABVA board reflects the diversity of the organisation as well as the immense expertise in BEE and BEE verification found amongst the membership.

The three new board members elected are Kate Moloto, Dumisani Mphafa and Loyiso Majija. Kate Moloto is the Deputy Chairperson and will also head up the Public Relations Portfolio of ABVA. Kate is the founder/director of Moloto BEE, a BBBEE verification agency, and Moloto Solutions (a financial management and BBBEE consultancy).She has led a number of large scale BBBEE projects, the most recent being the review of compliance by the Mining sector with the Mining Charter, leading towards the impending review, on behalf of the Department of Mineral Resources.

Kate has held a number of senior strategic positions in the empowerment arena, including as CEO of Ntsika Enterprise Development Agency (now SEDA), Project Manager for Mafisa Agricultural Microfinance scheme and Transformation Task Force leader at the DBSA. She started her career in Finance, and completed her articles with Pim Goldby (now Deloitte). Thereafter she held various financial management positions with Smith Kline and French, BMW SA, and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

She holds a B Com, a CTA (and articles), a Certificate in Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management and is a CIA (Certified Internal Auditor).

Kate is currently a director in the following companies: Agrivie / AVIA (a private equity fund manager), Makotulo Agricultural company (Pty) Ltd (agricultural investment company);, Independent Audit Committee Member of the ARC (Agricultural Research Company) and Member of the BEE Advisory Committee of the Mpumalanga Province, set up to advise the MEC of Economic Development and Planning.

Dumisani Mphafa is the managing member of SMME Business Solutions, and is an MBA graduate from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Formerly UPE and PE Technikon). A specialist in business start-ups, he is an ex- shareholder and director/trustee of the following businesses; Power Funeral Plan, Buhle Clothing, Coega Security Consortium and Bakula Trust. He completed a postgraduate Diploma in Company Direction in 2003. He is also a member of Institute of Business Advisors (IBA M6163) and Institute of Directors SA. Dumisani will head the Discipline and Professionalization Portfolio.

Loyiso Majija is a highly qualified and competent individual with a BA, B Comm and MBA ( USA ) qualifications. She has acquired a vast experience in the oil industry, and has worked as an accountant and analyst for Engen and Shell. She is a Verification Director at EmpowerLogic. Loyiso will head the Membership and Database Portfolio.

Chris van Wyk is now the ABVA Chairperson while also continuing in his very effective role as head of the Technical Portfolio. Brigitte Brun will also continue her role on the Board as head of the Training Portfolio, Tony Balshaw also continues as the head of the Finance Portfolio and Wade van Rooyen will stay on as head of the Accreditation Portfolio.

The new ABVA board will be able to confidently and competently carry on with the valuable groundwork laid by the previous board. Major milestones in the accreditation industry have taken place over the past few years and the new ABVA board is excited and ready to continue the vital work of the organisation.

Board Members and their portfolios:

Chris van Wyk - Chairperson and heads the Technical Portfolio

Kate Moloto - Deputy Chairperson and heads the Public Relations Portfolio

Brigitte Brun - Heads the Training Portfolio and a Committee Member in the Discipline and Professionalization Portfolio

Dumisani Mphafa - Heads the Discipline and Professionalization Portfolio and a Committee Member in the Training Portfolio

Loyiso Majija - Heads the Membership and Database Portfolio

Tony Balshaw - Heads the Finance Portfolio

Wade van Rooyen - Heads the Accreditation Portfolio

For more information or to interview an ABVA board member, please contact Grace Kadzere at Red Flag Marketing and Design, (011) 447 8283, [email protected]

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