Board of directors

THEMBANI BUKULA (THEMBANI)
Independent Non-Executive Director

BSc (Eng), Post grad dip (Eng Bus Management), MSc (Math, Science & Technology Education)

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Thembani is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience and is currently Chief Executive Officer of PowerX (Proprietary) Limited a licenced electricity trader in South Africa). He was the Regulator Member primarily responsible for electricity regulation at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) from 2005 to 2016. Prior to NERSA, Thembani served as Managing Director of various entities including Testing & Conformity Servicesat the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), Bytes Managed Services and IJANGA Consulting Services.

NATHIERA KIMBER (NATHIERA)
Independent Non-Executive Director

BA, LLB, LLM (Tax)

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Nathiera has extensive experience in a number of facets of academics and business, extending from law, through financial services as well as mining, industry and retail.

Nathiera qualified as an Attorney,having completed her legal articles with Sonnenberg Hoffmann & Galombik Inc. She was later appointed as a lecturer, specialising in the law of Insolvency, Banking and Tax, in the Mercantile Law Department of the University of the Western Cape. On leaving Academia, Nathiera entered the corporate world joining Mettle (Pty) Limited, as a legal advisor,and thereafter joined PSG Investment Bank Limited, as Group Secretary at an executive level.

More recently Nathiera has founded her own investment business and has invested in, and continues to participate at an executive level, in various industries including Mining, Agriculture, Industrial Products, (brick manufacture and ready-mix concrete) as well as Retail, acquiring the South African distribution rights for Barbour, the iconic British brand.

Nathiera brings knowledge and experience in a wide variety of industry sectors to GAIA,which she joined as an Independent non executive Director in 2015.

SISANDA TUKU (SISANDA)
Independent Non-Executive Director
CA(SA), Bcom (Honours)

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Sisanda has more than 15 years' experience in the financial services sector. Sisanda is a director and chief operations officer at Basis Points Capital since 2009, responsible for the implementation of financial advisory mandates as well as business development. Sisanda was previously a Structured Finance Consultant at Investec Bank Limited responsible for funding transactions in the mid-market space including mergers and acquisitions, leverage buy out and black economic empowerment deals. Sisanda is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants

KHALIPHA EDWARD MBALO (EDDIE)
Chairman and non-executive Director

Television Engineering Certificate – NHK Institute: Japan

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Eddie is the Managing Director of Khalipha Consulting, a Film and Broadcast Media Advisory Service company.  He is a Non-Executive Director of On Digital Media, the operator of TopTV, now StarSat, where he has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He saw the company through a business rescue process having served as consultant to the business rescue practitioner. Eddie was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture having served the institution for a period of ten years.  He played a key role in the development of South Africa’s film policy and the creation of financial instruments that support the development of the film industry. Eddie played a critical role in the drafting of the Broadcasting Act, as well as shaping the content development strategy of the South African government. At the 64th Cannes Film Festival, Eddie was awarded the African Vision Award, for his dedication as a creative defender of African Cinema. Eddie Mbalo is an entrepreneur and a director of companies in the different sectors of the economy. He is passionate about corporate governance.

KUBY PRUDENCE LEBINA (PRUDENCE)
Chief Executive Officer

CA(SA), B.Comm, Hdip Accounting

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Prudence was appointed Chief Executive officer of GAIA on 19 October 2016 after serving as the lead independent non-executive director of the Company since listing in 2015. She was previously head of corporate development and investor relations at Atlatsa Resources Corporation, where she was responsible for corporate development, group communication and stakeholder relations. Prudence was previously investor relations manager and corporate finance principal at Exxaro Resources Limited and has also worked for Deutsche Bank SA (Pty) Limited in the Global Corporate Finance division. Prudence served her articles in the advisory department at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Prudence is also an independent non-executive director on the board of Iemas Financial Services (Co-Operative) Limited and DRD Gold Limited.