Gcina Zondi - Chief Executive
Gcina is the founding Chief Executive and shareholder of Imbewu. He has the overall responsibility for the operational, strategic and investment activities of the company.
He has more than twenty years' experience in the private equity industry, of which six years were spent with Nedbank Capital Private Equity, previously known as BoE Corporate Investment Partners, as a Private Equity Manager. His responsibilities involved sourcing, evaluating, structuring, investing, monitoring and exiting private equity and investment banking transactions, mainly in the Black Economic Empowerment arena.
Prior to joining Nedbank, Gcina completed his articles of clerkship at KPMG where he was involved in normal and specialised audit assignments for various businesses ranging from manufacturing to financial institutions for five years.
Gcina worked for Hulamin Limited, a Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE) listed company, in the finance division for two and half years prior to joining KPMG.
Gcina holds Bachelor of Accounting Science and Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) degrees from the University of South Africa. He is a qualified General Accountant and is an associate of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Gcina is currently a director of Isegen South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Container Conversions (Pty) Ltd, Icon Construction (Pty) Ltd, RCL Foods Limited, Hulamin Limited and International Facilities Services (Pty) Ltd. He was previously a director of GMA Logistics (Pty) Ltd, Aka Capital (Pty) Ltd, Reebok South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Autovest Limited, True Blue Foods Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Futurekids SA (Pty) Ltd, Corobrik (Pty) Ltd and BO's Hire & Sales (Pty) Ltd.
He is a member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IODSA), the Investment Analyst Society (IAS), and the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP).
(Executive Director - Finance)
Thabang Redman - Executive Director - Finance
Thabang is the Executive Director of Finance at Imbewu Capital Partners. She is a qualified chartered accountant with more than ten years post qualification experience. She has professional experience in financial management and control, corporate governance, audit, commercial engagement and stakeholder management.
She completed her articles at Deloitte, after which she joined SABMiller where she worked in various roles including Financial Planner, Acting Credit Manager and Project Accountant. She was previously a Commercial Accountant at RCL Foods in the Consumer Division.
Thabang served on the Board of African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA) Forum. She also served on the SAICA Eastern Region Council in her capacity as chairperson of the AWCA in KwaZulu-Natal. In 2015, Thabang was selected as part of the Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development where she obtained an Advanced Certificate in Emerging Markets and Country risk in analysis from Fordham University in New York City. In 2014 she obtained a Certificate in Board Leadership: Women Leading Africa from Duke University conducted in Johannesburg South Africa.
JB Magwaza - Non-Executive Chairman
- BA (UniZul)
- MA Industrial Relations Warwick Univ.(UK)
- Nkunzi Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd
- Mutual & Federal Limited
- Tongaat-Hullet Limited
- Pamodzi Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd
- Motseng Property Investment Holding (Pty) Ltd
- Delta Property Fund Limited
- South African Airways (SOC)
- Richards Bay Minerals (Pty) Ltd
- NPC-Cimpor (Pty) Ltd
- Nedbank Limited
- Ithala Development Finance Corporation Limited
- Dorbyl Limited
- RCL Foods Limited
- KAP International
- Hulamin Limited
- Past President of the Institute of Personnel Management
- Former Founder Chairman of the National Economic Initiative
- Member of the Black Economic Empowerment Commission
- Recipient of eight prestigious awards.
Imogen Mkhize - Non-Executive
Imogen is a chairman of Ata Capital, an executive director of Solegna Group and a non-executive director on the KPMG Policy Board in South Africa. She chaired the Risk & SHE committee at Sasol Limited and served on the audit and remuneration committees. She was a member of the Accenture South Africa's Digital Advisory board for five years up to 2018 and is a non-executive director of The Ethics Institute SA Board. She also chairs the advisory board of the Rhodes Business School and serves on the board of governors of Rhodes University.
She is the former chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal and has previously served as a director of the boards of NPC-InterCement, Sasol Limited, Mondi Group, Murray & Roberts, MTN SA, Illovo Sugar, Alan Gray, Datacentrix and the CSIR. She is an emeritus member of the Harvard Business School Global Alumni Board and a former member of the Financial Markets Advisory Board.
Imogen's professional career spans a number of industries including mining, financial services, manufacturing, information technology and telecommunications. She spent the early years of her career with Anglo American and Infogold as an Information systems Analyst. Her previous executive positions include Chief Executive Officer of the 18th World Petroleum Congress and managing director of Lucent Technologies South Africa. She also held senior management positions at Nedcor group and Andersen Consulting (Accenture). In the non-profit sector, she led the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants as Executive Director in the early 90s.
Imogen graduated in Information Systems from Rhodes University in 1984, obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1995. She completed a Diploma in Company Direction with the Institute of Directors/GIMT in 2000. In January 2015, she completed a Foresight Certificate Program with the College of Technology – University of Houston and also completed the INSEAD program: Strategy in Age of Digital Disruption in April 2018. Immersed in The Reflective Leader (TRL) program designed for senior alumni at the Harvard Business School in June 2019.
Imogen was awarded Charted Director (SA) status by the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa in 2013. In August 2014, she received the Distinguished Old Rhodian award from Rhodes University. The World Economic Forum recognized her as a Global Leader of Tomorrow in 2001.
Njabulo Sithole - Non-Executive
Njabulo currently holds a Chief Executive position at Omame Investments (Pty) Ltd (Omame), a company she co owns. Under her leadership the business has transformed from small to medium size business which has resulted in the creation of a diversified portfolio of investments that includes facilities management and gaming & betting divisions. In this role she is responsible for sourcing transactions, as well as management of short-term contracts and investee companies post deal closure.
Prior to joining Omame she was managing NB Sithole Psychologists where she worked at various levels with government departments and corporates. Through her experience as a psychologist Njabulo established the Resilience Institute South Africa (RISA) which is a subsidiary of Omame, a company aimed at delivering practical and evidence-based Resilience Training. In this role she is responsible for the strategy and the overall management of the Institute.
Njabulo graduated at University of Zululand where she obtained B.Paed degree. She also holds a Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In 2007 she completed a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and GIMT. She also holds an Executive Global Master's degree in Management from the London School of Economics (2014 – 2016).
Njabulo's professional experience extends to several industries which she is currently serving: Impilo Consortium Board, Inkunzi Pharmaceuticals, Umongi Facilities Management, Icon Construction, Container Conversion and Comair Limited.
In 2007 she was recognised by Standard Bank in the "Bright Star Category" for the Standard Bank Salutes Women of KZN Awards, in an effort to acknowledge women's contribution towards entrepreneurial spirit in the province. In 2003, Njabulo won the Black Management Forum (BMF), KZN Manager of the Year Award. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors.
Lelo Rantloane - Non-Executive
Lelo is the founding CEO of Ata Capital, an investment management company managing over R1.5 billion in private equity funds. In February of 2021 he handed over the position of CEO to a successor and remains in the business as Executive Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee.
He began his career with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) in various roles as a Transactor in the Debt Capital Markets and the Acquisition and Leveraged Finance divisions. While at Rand Merchant Bank, he was appointed as Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officers of FirstRand and FirstRand Bank. He also worked for the Makalani Management Company and for Morgan Stanley in London. Following this, he served as Head of Debt Capital Markets and structured debt at Deutsche Bank AG, Johannesburg.
He is a director of Remgro Limited, Rain Group Holdings Sp, Masana Petroleum Solutions and Rain Group Holdings, Acrux Resources and chairman of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA).
Craig Coombe - Non-Executive
Craig Coombe is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Multiply Group and was a founding Chief Financial Officer of Imbewu Capital Partners. Prior to the formation of Imbewu, Craig was a director and shareholder of Gadlex, the 25% BEE shareholder of Business Connexion well-known IT Company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).
Craig performed the role of Commercial Director for Business Connexion prior to the transaction and thereafter as Executive: Mergers and Acquisitions. Craig worked for 7 years as an investment banker at BoE Bank, now Nedbank. Craig has over 20 years of relevant experience, 10 years of which being involved in successfully building Imbewu through deal identification, funding, and operational involvement.
The practical phase of his chartered accountant qualification was spent with Coopers and Lybrand. Craig is also a member of the Institute Of Directors in Southern Africa.
Craig is currently a director of Multiply Group (Pty) Ltd, Crossfin Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Umhlanga Arch Development and Custom Capital Finance (Pty) Ltd. He previously served on the boards of Gadlex (Pty) Ltd, Reebok South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Autovest Limited, Aka Capital (Pty) Ltd, Seattle Solutions (Pty) Ltd, Evolve Internet Incubator (Pty) Ltd, Setcom (Pty) Ltd, Business Connexion Solutions Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Bo's Hire & Sales (Pty) Ltd and International Facilities Services (Pty) Ltd.
Brad Pearse - Non-Executive
Brad is the managing director and a partner of the Wellspring Group. He has over 20 years of entrepreneurial, corporate finance and private equity experience. He offers a skill set that includes both first hand entrepreneurial and institutional experience. His background enables a unique value-add through the full investment cycle of origination, negotiation, structuring, strategy development, value-add and exit.
Brad is a qualified chartered accountant and spent 5 years in the corporate finance/transaction services team at PricewaterhouseCoopers, managing multiple transactions and due diligences. He went on to co-found and manage his own business and upon exiting played an operational and general management role in commerce. This led him to join Nedbank Private Equity where he spent 12 years as a principal and successfully led a number of transactions which included assets in the water, energy and communications sectors. He was an executive partner at the Multiply Group for 2 and a half years before taking on his more focussed role in the Wellspring Group.