Sebenzile Matsebula (Sebe)
Chairperson: Taquanta Investment Holdings
Chairperson: DEC Investment Holding Company Ltd
Sebenzile Matsebula has vast work experience, which includes serving as Director in the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa; as head of the Office on the status of Disabled Persons; to working as a development consultant at Lindandanda Consulting, as well as being an Executive Director of the MOTSWAKO RICOH Company for Office and Document Solutions.
For the past 26 years she has been actively involved in advancing mainstreaming disability in South Africa, on the African Continent and Internationally; whilst being actively involved in business development to enable economic empowerment of marginalised and vulnerable groups in South Africa.
Sebenzile currently chairs the Disability Workshop Development Enterprise and the Disability Empowerment Concerns Holding Company. She also serves as a board member of Action on Disability and Development, Centre for Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Cheshire Homes South Africa, First Rand Foundation, South African Development Trust for Disabled People and the Presidential Advisory Council on Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment. In 2012 Sebenzile was nominated to serve on the Committee of the United Nations Convention for Persons with Disabilities.
Thabane Vincent Maphai (Vincent)
Non-Executive Director: Taquanta Investment Holdings
Vincent Maphai is the former Chairman of BHP Billiton, Southern Africa. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating the activities of different operations in South Africa and Mozambique, as well as assisting business development on the continent. He is currently Corporate Affairs Director at The SAB-Miller Company, and Chair of Castle Brewing Company, Namibia.
Dr Maphai joined the private sector in 1998 after an academic career spanning more than two decades. He taught locally at the Universities of Transkei, Witwatersrand, Western Cape, Cape Town and Pretoria. He holds degrees from the Universities of Natal, UNISA and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He also participated in the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. The University of Pretoria awarded him a degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Honoris Causa in 2007. He has held various teaching and research fellowships at institutions abroad, including Oxford, Harvard, Princeton and Stanford.
He has also been involved in various public policy projects and roles. Currently he chairs the Council of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the South African Trust for Responsible Gambling. He was appointed Chairman of the Presidential Review Commission by President Mandela, and Chairman of the South African Broadcasting Corporation by President Mbeki.
Justin Kretzschmar (Justin)
CEO and Executive Director: Taquanta Investment Holdings
Justin holds a B Econ degree from Rhodes University where he majored in Economics and Industrial Psychology.
He began his career in 1995 as a bank credit analyst with IBCA (formerly Republic Ratings) before joining Frankel Pollack Securities in 1996 where he worked as a Banking Analyst and later headed up in the financial research team before joining SG Securities’ institutional trading desk as Head of EMEA equity sales.
In 2001 Justin moved to Nedbank Limited to head up the bank’s portfolio of IT investments representing the bank on various boards both locally and internationally. This was followed by various roles within Nedbank as a divisional executive member including various new business venture reviews and group merger and acquisition activities.
This led to Justin taking on the role of acting CEO of the Taquanta group of companies in early 2007. When Taquanta left the Nedbank fold, Justin chose to take up a permanent role in Taquanta as the CEO.
Non-executive director: Taquanta Investment Holdings
Chief Executive Officer: DEC Investment Holding (PTY) Ltd
Born in the Eastern Cape, Nyameka has an entrepreneurial flair which saw her establish various companies including a management consultancy (since 1998) in which she led the management and implementation of numerous projects in the private sector, in government and in non-governmental organisations in South Africa and abroad – accumulating extensive experience in various areas and levels of business in the process.
She has been involved in the disability sector since 2000, as a service provider and board member in some national disability organisations.
Nyameka joined the Disability Empowerment Concerns (DEC) Trust as a trustee in 2007, became an executive director in 2015 and was appointed CEO in April 2017. Between 2009 and 2015 she was chairperson of the Trust. In 2011, she was appointed as a non-executive director on the board of the DEC Investment Holding (PTY) Ltd and served on the board committees and on other company board.
Over the years Nyameka has, through different awards, been recognised for achievement motivation; as one of the women who has made a significant impact in business and their communities in South Africa; and for more than 10 years support to the Faculty of Business Workplace Learning Programme at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Gregory Cronje (Greg)
Chief Operating Officer: Taquanta Investment Holdings
A qualified Chartered Accountant with a BCompt Accounting Honours degree from Unisa, Greg joined Nedbank Limited in 1998 where he was responsible for the acquisitions, management and disposals of the various technology entities in which the bank had invested.
He later moved to Nedbank’s central Mergers and Acquisitions division where he was involved in the Bank’s disposal of assets deemed to be non-core to its strategy as well as advisory work for divisions within Nedbank. Taquanta was one such investment where advisory work had been provided and when Taquanta moved out of the Nedbank fold, given its exciting prospects, Greg chose to move to Taquanta as its CFO.
Garth Munnik, AGA (SA)
Executive: Finance and Talent Management
Born and raised in a township called Bonteheuwel in Cape Town. Garth completed a B.Com (Accounting) at University of the Western Cape and a B.Com (Accounting) (Honours) at the University of Kwazulu Natal. Garth is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Stellenbosch in the 2018/2019 modular program.
Garth started his career at Deloitte Cape Town in the financial services sector with a three year internship successfully completed in 2007, which is accredited with SAICA. He subsequently joined Sanlam Investment Management (SIM) as a Client Services Officer (CSO) focusing on client reporting. He later joined Taquanta as a Client Relationship Manager (CRM) and internally progressed to become the Group Financial Manager, a position He held for 5 years. On the 1st September 2017 Garth was promoted to Executive: Finance and Talent Management within the Taquanta Group.
He is very passionate about paying it forward and is also the co-founder and treasurer of a registered NPO called Dress for Success Cape Town.
Stephen Rogers (Steve)
Managing Director: Taquanta Asset Managers
Born in Port Elizabeth, Steve completed his high school education at Wynberg Boys High in Cape Town before going on to obtain a FCIS and Honours degree in Treasury Management from Unisa.
He started his career at Syfrets, rising to the position of Group Treasurer before starting up a cash asset management unit at NIB Treasury – the forerunner to what is now the cash side of Taquanta Asset Managers. With Steve at the helm, Taquanta Cash – in its various iterations – has consistently been the top performing cash manager in South Africa.
Peer Iuel (Peer)
Managing Director: Taquanta Securities
Born and raised in the picturesque village of Haenertsburg in the Magoebaskloof area of Limpopo Province, Peer completed his schooling at St Albans in Pretoria before moving to Cape Town to obtain a B.Comm. ( Hons ) degree from UCT and qualifying as a CA(SA). He later obtained a SAIFM (South African Institute of Financial Markets) qualification.
After completing his articles at Ernst and Young, and spending a few years in the clothing industry, Peer decided accountancy was not for him and he entered the stockbroking fraternity in 1987. He joined the Nedbank Group in 1995 as MD of UAL Securities, the forerunner of Taquanta Securities.
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