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  • Overview
  • Governance Structure
  • Board Committees
  • Amatola Water Management
  • Overview

    The Board operates under a sound governance framework to ensure effective and judicious direction and leadership is provided to management.

    At the management level, management has further institutionalised the governance framework of the management of the activities of the organisation through the adoption of terms of reference and the delegation of authority.

    The governance framework of the company is under review to further institutionalise effectiveness and efficiency to deliver on the business plan for the company and to entrench the approach of integrated reporting, as adopted over the last year.

  • Governance Structure


    Lindiwe Sisulu
    Lindiwe Sisulu
    Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

    Minister Sisulu was appointed as Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation in May 2019.

    She takes over this role with a formidable pedigree which includes being a member of parliament since 1994, the National Working Committee since 2002 and the National Executive Working Committee since 1997.

    She has served in the ministerial role for the Departments of Intelligence, House, Defence and Military Veterans, Public Service and Administration, and International Relations and Cooperation.

    She holds a D Phil from the University of York.

    Pamela Tshwete
    Pamela Tshwete
    Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

    Pamela Tshwete was appointed as the deputy minister of human settlements, water and sanitation in 2019.

    Earlier Deputy Minister Tshwete was the deputy minister for rural development and land reform.

    She has an outstanding political career and served as a member of parliament since 2002.  She also has served three terms on the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress' Women's League.

    Deputy Minister Tshwete holds several qualifications in healthcare including a nursing diploma.




    David Mahlobo
    David Mahlobo
    Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

    A member of the ANC's National Executive Council since 2017 and parliament since 2014, David Mahlobo has an outstanding track record as a government official in the Department of Water and Forestry and Mpumalanga's Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

    He has also served as the Minister of State Security and Energy and was a member of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry until his most recent appointment.

    He holds, amongst others, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biochemistry from the University of Zululand.


    Maxwell Sirenya
    Maxwell Sirenya
    Interim Chairperson
    BA Hons (Economics) (Development Economics, Macro and Micro Economics, Econometrics, Statistics) Masters in Business

    Mr Sirenya has close on 25 years in the water sector and is well-versed in the complexities of the sector and its water utilities at the operational and board levels. 

    His tenure includes as CEO at Amatola Water from 2004 to 2009, acting CEO for the Mzimvubu-Tsitsikamma CMA (2015-2017) and in various roles at Umgeni Water (1994 to 2004). 

    He subsequently led the national department as its Director-General where he was responsible for implementing the Department’s mandate in terms of the Constitution, legislation and policies.

    His experience also includes several board appointments that span close on 10 years and includes directorships at the Water Research Commission (Deputy Chairperson), Agricultural Research Council as well as South African Association of Water Utilities.

    Brian Hollingworth
    Brian Hollingworth
    Strategy and Business Development Chairman
    BSc (Civil Engineering), LLB, MSc (Hydraulics), MBA (Business Administration)

    Mr Hollingworth is an independent water consultant and arbitrator, a registered Professional Engineer (ret) and a Fellow of the Association of Arbitrators.

    Until 2004, he worked at the Development Bank of Southern Africa where he gained experience in development finance institutions and approaches to key issues, such as environmental sustainability, economic justification of projects and public-private partnerships.

    He has served on the Regional Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership, is a former Chairman of the South African Multi-stakeholder Initiative on the World Commission on Dams Report and former Deputy Chairman of the South African Water Tribunal.

    Eugene Jooste
    Eugene Jooste
    Audit and Risk and Governance Board Committee Chairperson
    BCom (Acc), SAIPA, IoDSA, International Executive Development Programme (IeDP)

    Mr Jooste is a seasoned management specialist with extensive experience in the public and private sectors. He is a non-executive board member of national and provincial state-owned companies and a member or chairperson of a number of sub-committees in finance, procurement, governance, and audit and risk management.

    He has specialist expertise in procurement, financial management, budget management, governance, and audit and risk management.

    He has worked as a Project Financial Specialist at a wholesale finance development financial institution, Financial Manager for retail-lending development financial institutions, Chief Financial Officer and General Manager: Supply Chain Management for more than a decade in Eastern Cape provincial government departments. His sector experience covers, but is not limited to, health, roads and public works, agriculture, treasury, SMME and industrial development, higher education and training, and public-private partnerships.

    Abraham le Roux
    Abraham le Roux
    Human Resources and Remuneration Committee Chairperson
    BA (Law), LLB

    Mr Le Roux is a practicing attorney, specialising in public and commercial law. His interest lies in regulatory compliance and finding solutions to the challenges faced by government.

    He serves on the board of the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency and is a member of the SANParks Honorary Rangers.

    Chuma Mbande
    Chuma Mbande
    Finance Board Committee Chairperson
    Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering, MSc (Financial Management), MSc (Engineering), MBL, Construction Management Programme, Business Leadership Programme

    Mr Mbande is an Executive Manager at Coega Development Corporation with over 21 years of experience in various management positions.

    His key experience includes the design and management of road infrastructure projects, rural water supply, solid waste disposal sites and the provision of services in urban areas, as well as the development of infrastructure, institutional framework systems and processes, and the development and implementation of corporate strategy, business processes and organizational policies, among others.

    His qualifications include a MSc in Engineering and MBL. 

    Prof Lynette Louw
    Prof Lynette Louw
    Board Member
    National Certificate: Secretarial, National Certificate: Tourism, BCom (Hons cum laude) (Business Economics), MCom (cum laude)(Business Economics), PhD (Business Management)

    Prof Louw, appointed in the Raymond Ackerman Chair of Business Administration in the Department of Management at Rhodes University, is a Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Commerce.

    She boasts an assortment of credentials, including former Vice-President of Public Relations and Finance for the NEPAD Council, and former Chairperson of the NEPAD Council’s Commission of Socio-Economic Development and Trade.


    Amanda Magwentshu
    Amanda Magwentshu
    Board Member
    Master of Public and Development Management (MM)

    Ms Magwentshu is a Member of Human Resources and Remuneration Committee and non-executive Member of Board.  

    She is currently employed as the Managing Director at A M Business Solutions (Pty) LTD. 

    She has skills in Human Resource Management and Governance.  Her affiliations and membership include the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP), Mhlontlo Local Municipality Audit & Risk Committee and Mnquma Local Municipality Audit & Risk Committee.

    Nonkululeko Nyakaza CA (SA)
    Nonkululeko Nyakaza CA (SA)
    Board Member
    BCom, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, BCompt (Honours)

    Ms Nyakaza is a SOX Manager at AngloGold Ashanti with experience in the public and private sector. She also serves as the audit committee member for PSETA.

    Her technical experience includes financial management, corporate governance, audit and risk management, and compliance.

    Ayanda Wakaba
    Ayanda Wakaba
    Board Member
    MBA, BCompt (Honours)

    Mr Wakaba is a seasoned independent governance practitioner with over 15 years in governance backed by 18 years of experience in executive management. He holds a number of chairmanship and membership positions in public sector governance structures and considers himself a champion in good governance

    Mr Wakaba's executive management roles have included:

    • CEO of a District Municipal Development Agency
    • CEO of a Municipal Management Consulting Services Entity
    • COO of a National Social Infrastructure Delivery Agency.

    He is a member of the Institute of Directors for Southern Africa.


  • board Committees

    The governance framework of the Board, consists of the following committees and below is an illustration of their high level functions (depicted in the organogram below) are:

    1. Audit & Risk Committee

    The Audit Committee is responsible for overseeing internal control, financial reporting and compliance with regulatory matters. It reviews:

    • the adequacy of internal controls and risk management systems;
    • the Annual Financial Statements;
    • other financial information in the Annual Report;
    • audit findings;
    • the process of preparing financial information;
    • the process of monitoring compliance with laws and regulations;
    • the process of monitoring compliance with the internal Code of Conduct; and
    • developing the fraud prevention strategy

    2. Finance Committee:

    The role of the Finance Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities.

    The focus of the Committee is on matters relating to, or having a bearing on:

    • the overall financial management and performance of Amatola Water;
    • policies and strategies relating to treasury activities;
    • supply chain management (SCM) to the extent of the correct implementation of the SCM policy;
    • optimum debt management;
    • asset management;
    • optimal management of capital spending and
    • budgeting.

    3. Strategy & Business Development Committee:

    The purpose of the Strategic and Business Development Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities in the strategic areas of:

    • strategic formulation and implementation;
    • business development (including marketing); and
    • corporate citizenship;
    • project and programme implementation;
    • fundraising for capital projects.

    4. Human Resources & Remuneration Committee:

    The role of the HRRC is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities.

    The specific focus areas of the Committee are to:

    • oversee the formulation of policy relating to human resources (including but not limited to organisational capability development, wellness, lifestyle, ongoing capacity development, transformation, talent management and knowledge management, organisational design);
    • oversee the performance information system of the AW and evaluate remuneration;
    • issuing recommendations concerning policy implementation and/or policy revision, as appropriate;
    • guide and monitor the implementation of transformation and HR programmes within the organisation;
    • report to and advise the Board on all findings and or recommendations pertaining to the Committee’s work.
  • Amatola Water Management

    The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and has oversight of the daily operations of the organisation. The Chief Executive is the link between the management and the Board.

    The management committee comprises the Chief Executive, the Divisional Directors and the Company Secretary. The Chief Executive is also assisted by advisors to this committee.

    The major responsibilities of management are the development and implementation of policies, and managing the daily operations of the organisation.

    Management ensures that relevant legislation and regulations are adhered to and that adequate internal controls are developed, implemented and maintained. To enhance the governance structures and strengthen controls the management level ensures that there is segregation of duties.

    The above is achieved through five divisions and the Company Secretary. The main activities of the divisions represented by the Divisional Directors are as follows:

    Finance Division

    is responsible for financial accounting and reporting, treasury, billing, management accounting and supply chain management (demand management, acquisition management, and inventory management), SCM administration, and payroll management of the organization.

    Corporate Services Division

    is responsible for the Industrial Relations, people resourcing, employee wellbeing, employee benefits administration, organisational planning, learning and development, information communication and technologies, knowledge and information management, property services, fleet and facilities, and legal services.

    Operations Division

    is responsible for water treatment (primary). Bulk distribution and water transfer, metering, operational optimisation, asset maintenance and management, SHEQ management, scientific services, and water resources.

    Planning and Development Division

    The Planning and Development Division is responsible for infrastructure systems planning.

    Office of the CEO

    The office is responsible for external stakeholder management, corporate communication, strategy and planning, corporate performance information management, external policy support, enterprise-wide legislative compliance, fraud prevention, risk management, company secretariat services, and administrative support.

    Other structures and forums

    Amatola Water acknowledges that relationships with other strategic forums impact positively in an indirect manner on the management of the organisation.

    In this regard, Amatola Water is an active member of the South African Association of Water Utilities (SAAWU), the Eastern Cape Water Committee (ECWaC), and a patron member of the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA).

    To a lesser extent, Amatola Water is a regular participant in steering committees of projects undertaken by the Water Research Commission (WRC).


    Vuyo Zitumane
    Vuyo Zitumane
    Chief Executive Officer
    B Juris, BA Hons cum laude, MBA

    Mrs Zitumane is an experienced turnaround specialist and has been instrumental in stabilising several municipalities in the Eastern Cape such as Sundays River, Mnquma, King Sabata Dalindyebo and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality.

    She was seconded to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality by the provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs as part of a Section 154 intervention which she successfully completed. She has served and chaired many boards including JSE-listed companies.

    Mrs Zitumane is also the recipient of a Business Women Association Regional Award Winner of Women in Government Awards in 2012.

    Asanda Gidana
    Asanda Gidana
    Executive Manager: Operations
    ND (Civil Engineering), BTech (Civil Engineering) (Urban Planning, Executive Leadership Programme, MBA

    Ms Gidana is a civil engineering technologist with 17 years’ postgraduate experience in the public and private sectors, particularly infrastructure development.

    She has been involved in contract administration, and project and programme management of multidisciplinary infrastructure projects, and has worked with more than 500 people (from illiterate to professional staff), which has strengthened her ability to manage human resources and broadened her understanding of people.

    She has accumulated sound expertise in other critical key strategic areas of public-sector administration. She is also a change management agent.

    Luyolo Fokazi
    Luyolo Fokazi
    Chief Financial Officer
    BCom (Accounting) and CPMD (Wits Business School) and is studying towards finalizing his MBA (thesis outstanding)

    Luyolo Fokazi has B Comm (Accounting) and CPMD (Wits Business School) and is studying towards finalising his MBA (thesis outstanding). 

    He has vast experience as a Chief Financial Officer in various local and district municipalities which spans over 19 years. 

    He has worked for National Treasury as the Municipal Advisor he he worked directly with the municipalities giving them valuable insight and guidance into developing turnaround and revenue enhancement strategies, as well as into the broader National Treasury reform programme.  He has also worked with KwaZulu-Natal COGTA in the Chief Financial Support Programme.  

    Sazile Qweleka
    Sazile Qweleka
    Executive Manager: Planning and Development (Acting)
    B Tech (Mechanical Engineering), MBA

     Mr Qweleka joined Amatola Water in August 2010 as a Programmes Manager in the Operations Division. He has vast experience in the public and private sectors in the fields of programmes management, production systems, operations and engineering maintenance.

    He has worked for companies such as Namakwa Sands, SA Five Engineering, South African Breweries and the Ford Motor Company of SA.

    Jo Dalbock
    Jo Dalbock
    Executive Manager: Corporate Services
    B Comm (Accounting & Economics), PG Dip (Human Resources Management), Diploma in Manufacturing Management

    Mrs Dalbock has 27 years’ experience in the human resources arena, servicing private and public sector organisations from the corporate and consulting perspective.

    She has operated at an executive level for 16 years where she has played an integral strategic and governance role.

    Her key skills are in leadership, employee relations, people development, performance management, change management and project management.