President and Board Chairman
Joint Chief Executive, CapitalAppreciation
Michael Pimstein has more than 30 years’ experience as a senior executive in the steel, engineering and manufacturing sector, having served most recently as CEO of Macsteel Service Centres SA, a position he held from 1999 through to 2013. He obtained a BCom Accounting degree from the University of the Witswatersrand earlier on in his career.
He has been and is a member of various government, labour and business committees that address industrial policy, growth and development plans, infrastructure requirements and investment, labour mediation and wage negotiations.
Mr Pimstein has served as President of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa between 2006 and 2007, President of the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association and President of the Association of Steel Service Centres. He has also served on the advisory committee of The Adopt-A-School Foundation.
Chief Marketing Officer, ArcelorMittal South Africa
Alph Ngapo qualified with a Diploma in Accounting in 1982 from the Institution of Administration and Commerce of Southern Africa. He obtained a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree and subsequently an Honours degree in the same discipline from the University of South Africa in 1992.
Mr Ngapo also completed a Management Development Programme from the Wits School of Business in 1992 and subsequently obtained a qualification of the same name at Darden School Business (USA) in 2005. That year he returned to the Wits Business School to obtain a qualification in Senior Management Programme. Between 2003 and 2006, Mr Ngapo was a Trainee Accountant focused on his learnership towards Chartered Accountant: Financial Management Specialism with SAICA (TOPP).
He holds a Master of Business Leadership from the University of South Africa obtained in 2010.
Oupa Jacob Komane
Group Employee Relations Manager, Aveng Group, Africa Limited
Oupa Komane rose through the ranks in business to become the Group Employee Relations Manager at Aveng Group Africa Limited. He holds a Supervisory Management (GIMT) qualification from Henley Management College obtained in 1977.
Mr Komane then obtained a Certificate in Effective Directorship from the Kagiso Leadership School in 1998, while embarking on his Business Management Diploma, which he then completed in 1999 though Damelin College.
In 2005 Mr Komane completed his Master of Science in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick. He is completing a Diploma in Human Resources Management and Practice at Milpark College.
Pieter du Plessis
Chief Executive Officer, Atlantis Foundries
Pieter du Plessis is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Atlantis Foundries, a position he has held since July 2015. He is also the Chairman of the same foundry.
Mr Du Plessis obtained a National Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering in 1994. In 2004 he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
To keep abreast of business and industry, he obtained several other qualifications, which include and cover South African Labour Law, Advanced Foundry Technology, New Era Management, ISO9002, QS9000, and a 20 Key Master Coach Certificate.
CEO, ABB South Africa
Leon Viljoen holds a B.Eng. (Electrical & Electronic) degree from the University of Johannesburg (previously Rand Afrikaans University) and an MBA from Henley Management College in the UK.
He has been in the power and energy business in South Africa for over 25 years, with almost 15 years in senior management positions. He started his career in 1986 at Brown Boveri Technologies as a Project Manager. He worked his way up fast through the ranks, moving over to sales and marketing, before becoming a General Manager within the Powertech group in 2000. In 2002 he became Managing Director and Chief Executive of Powertech Transformers and a Director of Powertech in 2006. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Powertech in 2012.
Mr Viljoen brings in-depth knowledge of the power and energy sectors of Southern Africa, with strong experience in managing a large group of people and complex operations. His solid knowledge of the culture and operations of ABB is a huge asset to the group as its new South African CEO.
Anthony Albert Boy
Human Resources Executive, Murray and Roberts (Power and Energy)
An executive at Murray and Roberts, Anthony Albert Boy holds a Master of Law (LLM) Treatise obtained in 2003 from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with a dissertation, “Dismissal for Medical Incapacity”, which was published in 2004.
Earlier in his career, he obtained an Electronics Diploma in 1978 from the College for Advanced Technical Education. Following this, he obtained a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of South Africa in 1985.
With a passion for law, Mr Boy obtained a qualification in Labour Law earlier on in his career – in 1992 – from the University of Port Elizabeth. Subsequently, he focused on the Management Development Programme for General Managers with the University of South Africa, which he obtained in 1994.
Executive Chairman, Arabela Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Elias Monage has extensive experience in business and is the Executive Chairman of Arabela Holdings (Pty) Ltd. His experience has seen him become the Black Business Council NEDLAC Convener and the President of CAPES. He is also a Director at Steloy Castings.
Mr Monage obtained a degree in Insolvency Law and Practice at Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) – now known as the University of Johannesburg. He has also studied Telecommunication, Regulation Policy and Management at the University of the Witswatersrand, over and above a qualification in Executive Coaching from the University of California (UC Berkely). He is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Engineering Business Management.
Kaizer M. Nyatsumba, Cert Dir (IoDSA)
Chief Executive Officer, SEIFSA
Kaizer Nyatsumba joined SEIFSA on 1 November 2013 as Chief Executive Officer. He has previously worked as Managing Director of KMN Consulting, Vice-President: Corporate Affairs and Shared Services at PetroSA, Group General Manager: Corporate Affairs, Marketing and BEE at Sasol Limited, Public Affairs and Communications Director at Coca-Cola South Africa, as well as Head: Corporate Marketing and Vice-President: Corporate Affairs at Anglo American South Africa. An author and previously a journalist, Nyatsumba has also worked as Political Editor and Executive Editor of The Star, Deputy Editor of The Mercury, founding Editor of The Independent on Saturday, Editor of the Daily News (the last three titles in Durban) and Associate Editor of The Independent in London.
A Certified Director (IoDSA), Nyatsumba holds an MBA from the University of Hull, a BA Honours degree from Georgetown University in Washington DC, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand, an Advanced Management Diploma from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon’s Institute of Business Science, a Leadership Development Diploma from the Harvard Business School in Boston and a Diploma in Journalism from the Newspaper Institute of America in New York.
Nyatsumba has served on the Boards of the 2010 (World Cup) Big Company, the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund, the Anglo American Medical Aid Scheme, Business Against Crime, National Business Initiative, Tourism Business Council of South Africa and on the Council of the University of Zululand.
Operations Director, SEIFSA
Lucio Trentini joined SEIFSA in 1990 as an Industrial Relations Advisor. Over the last two decades, he has been involved at management and executive level at SEIFSA and has been actively involved in the leadership of the federation.
A key member of the metal and engineering industry wage negotiating team, Trentini holds a BA in Economics and Industrial Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of the Witwatersrand and the Graduate School of Business Administration respectively. He also holds an Expert Negotiator Certificate issued by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).