Board of directors

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.

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.

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

Non-Executive Director

B Com (Maths), Fellow of Institute of Actuaries in London, UK, Owner President Management Program - Harvard Executive Business School, Boston, USA

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Leon qualified as an actuary whilst working for Sanlam Limited and is currently a director and shareholder of GAIA Infrastructure Partners. In 1984, Leon relocated to Gauteng where he spent most of his professional career consulting to many of the largest retirement funds in South Africa. He joined PSG Group Limited in its early years taking responsibility for Channel Life Limited and its subsidiaries and associates. After completing an Owner President Management Program at the Harvard Executive Business School in 2002, Leon decided to leave formal employment. He and his family moved to a boutique wine farm in Stellenbosch where he has since engaged in special projects and community development programs. Leon and PB Schabort have been working on the funding of renewable energy projects by South African institutions since 2011, culminating in the establishment of GAIA Infrastructure Partners.

Non-Executive Director

Pr.Eng, Hons.B.Eng, MBA

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Botha is a professional engineer and holds degrees in engineering from Stellenbosch University and an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand (“Wits”). He is a director of various companies. He started his career in 1980 as a civil engineer where he specialised in project management and construction. After obtaining an MBA from Wits in 1986 he joined stock broking firm Senekal Mouton & Kitshoff (“SMK”) which is listed on the JSE, where he specialised in the bond- and money markets. From 1987 he served as director with SMK and Anderson Wilson & Partners. Botha was a founding shareholder and director of the JSE listed PSG Group Limited (“PSG Group”) in 1996. He was a founding director of separately listed PSG Investment Bank Holdings Limited (“PSG Investment Bank”) where he served as managing director until 2000. He also served on the boards of a number of subsidiaries of PSG Group.

Botha has extensive investment experience in the areas of international property development, renewable energy projects, mining exploration, private equity and technology. Along with L de Wit, he founded GAIA Infrastructure Partners in 2011.

Non-Executive Director

B.Sc (Civil Eng), B.Comm, MBA

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Clive was a founding director of Fieldstone Holdings SARL in 1995, and has more than 25 years’ experience in corporate and project finance. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Stellenbosch University, a degree in commerce from the University of South Africa and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Oregon.

Over the last 15 years he has travelled widely in the region focussing on energy and infrastructure related projects. The projects which Clive has been actively involved in, in a leading role, include: the restructuring of ownership of the 2 075 MW Cahora Bassa hydro-power station; the privatisation of Metrogas, the privatisation of the 600 MW coal-fired Kelvin power station; the concession of the Uganda generation and distribution assets, the development of the 190 MW Ibom power plant in Nigeria, the bio-ethanol Grown energy project in Mozambique, the 360 MW Kariba North Bank Power extension project in Zambia and the development of a new IPP in Ghana. He is currently providing financial advisory services to bidders for the new generation in South Africa and a wind power project in Namibia.

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.

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.

Executive Director

Pr.Eng, B.Eng (Electronic), MBA

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Mich is a qualified engineer and currently the chief investment officer and a shareholder of GAIA Infrastructure Partners. Mich graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1995, majoring in Microwave Field Theory, Computers and Bio-Engineering. After stints in the petrochemical industry with Polifin and defence industry with Thales, he joined PSG Investment Bank in 1999. After completing his MBA at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2003, he joined Siemens Business Services (“Siemens”). While working for Siemens, he had the opportunity to gain international experience in Europe, consulting as far afield as Norway, the Netherlands and Germany. Mich joined the Square One Group in 2005 and was responsible for group operations. In 2008, Mich teamed up with PB Schabort. He worked on the Eden Island Project and mining operations in West Africa alongside Chinese partners before focusing on the build out of SAGIT Energy Ventures, a renewable energy developer. He was part of the founding team and is currently the chief investment officer of GAIA Infrastructure Partners.