MEET OUR TRUSTEES
Akhona Zodidi Ntsele is an admitted attorney with over 16 years of work experience, most of which was gained in petrochemical multinational companies and mining companies listed in JSE and abroad. She has had opportunities to lead and manage complex themes of B-BBEE in various companies and departments. She has used my legal background to guide and ensure compliance with multifaceted legislation affecting companies and business units.
Her passion for Education and Socio-Economic issues has led her to the development sector, where she focuses on developing and implementing a strategy for investments in Education. She was a part of the core team that formed the BPSA Education Foundation in 2015 thus, she articulated and implemented the strategy and mandate of the Foundation, which is education and skills development.
In 2021, she founded NN Bursary Management company, which provides holistic bursary management and wrap-around support and services to clients and students.
She is also a trustee of the Perfomanta Education Trust as well as the Siyakha Impact Trust.
- LLB (Wits)
- Management Advance Programme (Wits)
- Advance Diploma in Corporate Governance (UJ)
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Siyakha Consulting, Dionne has actively advised both public and private sector clients in Transformation, Development, and Strategy since leaving the banking industry in 1998. Working in BEE and Transformation since 1999, she has spoken at a multitude of conferences internationally on issues relating to South Africa, operating in Africa, and Transformation. She is a regular contributor and thought leader on key elements of people, sustainability, and aligning strategy to be locally relevant.
With a strong portfolio of local and multinational clients, Dionne has also served on several Executive committees and is an activist on issues of change and development.
An avid believer in community development, Dionne remains personally involved in entrepreneurial development, community development, job creation, disability support programs, and youth development.
Dionne has served as a judge for the Black Business Quarterly (BBQ) Awards, the Top Women Awards, the Achiever Awards, and the Metropolitan Oliver Empowerment Awards, the Gender Mainstream Awards, and the Top Empowerment Awards.
Dionne has served as a Chairperson of the National Association of BEE Consultants (NABC). Dionne is the previous Vice-Chairperson and Director of the Association of B-BBEE Professionals (ABP), and a previous Board member of the British Chamber of Business. Dionne actively advises investors from the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United States on investing in the African continent and was appointed as one of two “Catalysts” representing South Africa to encourage trade between the UK and South Africa.
Dionne has served as a member of the Wisdom Board for the African Sustainability Network and currently serves as a committee member on the Shared Value Africa Initiative. She is the Beachhead Advisor for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
She participates regularly in task teams to drive development as well as participating in the Presidential Review Committee report on the State of Transformation in South Africa’s State-Owned Companies and the United Nations review of transformation in South Africa’s agricultural sector.
- Awarded Impendulo award for development of Black skills in South Africa
- Awarded the Top Empowerment companies award
- Awarded the Best Enterprise Transformation Consultancy 2017
- Awarded the Excellence Award for Black Economic Empowerment Advisory
- Diva Africa award for her work in SMME Development
- Africa’s Top 25 Distinguished Women in Leadership
- Best Transformation Consulting Firm of the Year - South Africa - M & A Today, 2019
- Top 100 Women In Africa Supply Chain awarded by AWISC, 2021
A town and Regional Planner by profession, with over 35 years working experience, Tembakazi has extensive experience in Leadership, Strategy, Governance and Development Management, having been at the leadership of apex organised business organisation, and boards of State-Owned Companies in South Africa for more than 17 years.
She has business ownership and operations experience in diverse industries from waste management, renewable energy, environment, IT and agriculture. In this capacity Tembakazi set up, owned and operated her own businesses for over 16 years. These ranged from waste management including industrial, landfill and medical waste management and disposal, as a shareholder and CEO of KZN of Wasteman SA.
As former advisor to SA Minister of Tourism and later Sports and Development, she was recruited for her extensive and strong governance, research and development, economic development and transformation skills experience. During her tenure the Ministries initiated and oversaw impactful developmental programmes and championed transformation.
Tembakazi has a passion and expertise for Development (Economic and Social), Sustainability, Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) and business operations
Currently she is involved in agriculture, owing a livestock farm (cattle and piggery) and small-scale crop farming experimenting in medicinal plants and sustainable organic foods.
- Vice President – Professionals at Black Business Council
- Deputy President of Black Management Forum
- Transnet Board Member
- Chairperson of the board of the South African National Roads Agency
- Chairperson of the SANRAL Risk Committee
- Served on BRICS committees
- Member of the Financial Services Working Group and the Energy Group
- Former advisor to SA Minister of Tourism and later Sports and Development
- CEO of the Development Agency
June Crawford is a Director of Aviation Co-ordination Services (Pty) Ltd and Aviation Specialist. She is also the Deputy Chairman of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) – which is an organisation in South Africa that serves to unite and influence the diverse travel and tourism sector to contribute to a competitive, responsible and inclusive tourism economy. In December 2020 June was appointed to the Interim Board of South African Airways.
June is the former CEO of the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (BARSA) the representative association of International and African Airlines. She stepped down in April 2020 after 6 years of establishing BARSA as a leading association in the aviation industry. .
She is also the Chair of the Aviation Working Group of the South African BRICS Business Council and the only women Chairman of 9 Working Groups. In addition, she is a Board member of the International Women’s Forum of South Africa – a forum for women with only 7000 members globally.
June has held several positions at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and has extensive management experience across commercial and operational disciplines in the airline industry. She is a highly motivated business professional with 20 years Board experience in both state-owned and private companies and is a long-standing member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa.
Good Corporate Governance is a key area of focus and interest for June particularly in view of the broad range of stakeholders with whom she interacts. She was appointed by the Hon. Minister of Transport to the position of Non-Executive Director Air Traffic and Navigation Services, which position she held from 2008 to 2012.EXPERIENCE
- Director - Aviation Co-ordination Services (Pty) Ltd
- Chairman - Aviation Working Group, South African BRICS Business Council
- Board Member - International Women’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA)
- Deputy Chairman - Tourism Business Council of South Africa
- CEO - Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (BARSA)