CHAIRPERSON: DR SAKHILE NGCOBO
Sakhile Ngcobo is Chairman of Moses Kotane Institute. Sakhile serves on the boards of South African Seaways; African Thunder Platinum and is also Chairman of Siyathembana Holdings.
Sakhile is a national convenor of the Youth in Mining Forum, business development advisor and corporate reputation expert in the mining industry. He is passionate about youth development through education with special focus on Science, Technology and Mathematics.
Prior to this Sakhile was the Head of External and Corporate Affairs for De Beers, Chairman of SASA Gold and Board member of Anglo American Zimele Fund and former Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Mondi SA which was part of the Anglo American group.
DEPUTY CHAIR: MS MBALI MYENI
Mbali is a Non-Executive Director and a Deputy Chairperson of Moses Kotane Institute. Managing Director of JonJostin Enterprise that places its focus on training and development, mentorship and coaching.
Her experience is mainly in the Public Sector including Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs as a Communication Specialist; and the uMngeni Local Municipality as a Senior Manager: Operations, Councillor and Mayor. Mbali was one of the youngest Female Mayors in the Country that led the municipality with a second biggest economy in uMgungundlovu District.
Her Political Career involved serving at the Branch, Regional and Provincial Structures of the African National Congress and the African National Congress Youth League, holding key positions.
Mbali has an MBA from MANCOSA, a Bachelor’s and Honour’s Degree (s) in Communications Science and Digital Media from the University of Zululand, and is currently a Masters candidate at University of KwaZulu-Natal on access to Information Communication Technologies by Rural Communities. Mbali is a Postnet Franchise Owner and a Training Facilitator for South African Local Government Association
PROF MANOJ MAHARAJ
Prof. Manoj Maharaj has a PhD in Applied Mathematics and is employed at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he teaches information systems, specializing in information systems strategy and information security. He has consulted widely in the IT industry and presented many successful workshops on topics ranging from IT Auditing, IT strategy, Information Security, Risk Management and others. He currently serves on the Board of the Moses Kotane Institute where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. He has previously been a member of the University Senate, and University Council.
Prof. Maharaj’s early research was in General Relativity, specializing in Numerical Relativity. His current research interests include ICT4D, information security, strategic information management and enterprise risk management. Manoj has thus far had 14 PhD graduates and in excess of 40 Masters graduates and has numerous research publications to his credit.
MS SPHELELE SANGWENI
Sphelele Sangweni CA (SA) is the Head of Department of Accounting and Auditing at the University of Zululand. She is very passionate about education and she believes that good education is key in taking South Africa to a great level. She is a board member for Bell Equipment Sales SA Limited (a subsidiary of Bell Equipment LTD) and the Committee member for SAICA IPD Committee (Education Committee). She was an Investment Manager for Kagiso Ventures (Pty) Ltd, a lecturer at University of Witwatersrand (WITS) and a Risk Regulatory Accountant at RMB.
DR ISAAC MACHI
Dr Machi is currently a Board Member of Moses Kotane Institute, based in KwaZulu-Natal Province, Board member of the Science Centre in Stanger, Kwa-Zulu-Natal, and a former Board of the largest Southern Africa Science Centre (SciBono, Johannesburg).
Dr Machi had been the Executive Director of Richards Bay Campus of the University of Zululand, and participates in most statutory committees of the University. He had also been the Executive Director for Academic Affairs at the National Institute for Higher Education in Mpumalanga, Group Head of iThemba Laboratories in Gauteng, and Senior Lecturer and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of South Africa
Dr Machi has published a number of articles in accredited journals and participated in international conferences to share his expertise with his fellow scientists. He has previously received research funding awards and grants, and merit awards in physics and applied mathematics, and conducted most of his research utilizing world-class international research facilities in Switzerland, Canada, Belgium and Italy.
Dr Machi completed a BSc (Hons), MSc (UKZN) and Phd in experimental solid-state physics (Wits). He matriculated at Groutville High School.