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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


    Edward Senzo Mchunu
    Edward Senzo Mchunu
    Minister of Water and Sanitation

    Mr Edward Senzo Mchunu is the Minister of Water and Sanitation.

    Previously, he served as the Minister of Public Service and Administration. He also served as Premier of KwaZulu-Natal from 22 August 2013 until 23 May 2016. He a former provincial chairperson of the ANC in KZN.

    Mr Edward Senzo Mchunu was born in April 1958 at eNhlwathi in the area of Hlabisa in northern KZN. He was educated at the University of Zululand and the University of South Africa, qualifying with a BA in Education and International Relations. From 1985 he worked as a high school teacher, resigning to become a full-time politician in 1991.

    Ms Dikeledi Phillistus Magadzi
    Ms Dikeledi Phillistus Magadzi
    Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation

    Ms Dikeledi Magadzi was appointed as Deputy Ministe of Water and Sanitation on 5 August 2021. She was the Deputy Minister of Transport of the Republic of South Africa from 30 May 2019 to 5 August 2021.

    She is a Member of the National Assembly and a Member of the African National Congress since 2007 - to date.

    Ms Dikeledi Phillistus Magadzi was a former MEC for Public Works (1994 - 1998), Agriculture (2004 - 2009) and Safety and Security (2009 - 2010) in the Limpopo Provincial Government. She was also a member of the Federation of South African Women, Executive Member of the ANC WL (1990 - 1996), NEHAWU (1987-1994),UDF (1985 -1990) and

    She served as Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and was a member of the Judicial Service Commission during the Fifth Parliament (2014-2019)



    David Mahlobo
    David Mahlobo
    Deputy Minister of 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.


  • 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).


    Mr S Koyo
    Mr S Koyo
    Executive Manager : Planning & Development (Acting Chief Executive )
    ND (Civil Engineering), Advanced Certificate Programme (Project Management), Certificate Programme (Management Development for Municipal Finance), BTech (Civil Engineering, Urban Planning), BA Honours (Development Studies), MA (Development Studies), Postgraduate Certificate (Monitoring and Evaluation), MBA underway

    Mr Koyo has over 20 years of experience in civil engineering across the public and private sectors.

    Prior to joining Amatola Water, Mr Koyo was the municipal manager for the Intsika Yethu Municipality as well as a general manager at the Eastern Cape Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. He also performed various technical and management roles at Mbhashe Local Municipality, Eastern Cape Department of Agriculture, Rinoma Consulting Engineers, OR Tambo District Municipality and ZM Construction.

    Sazile Qweleka
    Sazile Qweleka
    Executive Manager: Operations & Maintenance
    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.

    Mr U Mbali
    Mr U Mbali
    Manager: Office of CEO & Acting CFO
    Degree Post Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Management Field of Study Business Administration and Management, Degree Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) Accounting Field of Study Accounting and Finance.
    Adv. Thulani Sagela
    Adv. Thulani Sagela
    Executive Manager: Company Secretary & Legal Services

    Thulani Sagela is an experienced legal practitioner in both the private and the public sector. He completed his Articles with Legal Aid SA (Cape Town Justice Centre). After
    completing his Articles, he was admitted as the Advocate of the High Court of SA. He started practicing on his own accord, focusing in civil and criminal litigation.

    He started his career in the public sector, as a Legal Services & Administration Manager at Emalahleni Municipality in Cacadu. His responsibility was to set up the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) Unit and the Legal Services Unit. He provided Secretariat Services to the Council and Council Committees.

    He was then appointed as the Executive Manager: Company Secretary & Legal Services at ASPIRE, an agency of Amathole District Municipality. Before his appointed as Executive Manager: Company Secretary at Amatola Water, he was running his Consultancy Firm, providing quality legal advisory services. He is also the Pastor of the Church of God and Saints of Christ.

    Ms Zaza Ngele
    Ms Zaza Ngele
    Executive Manager : Corporate Services

    Ms Ngele has 32 years of experience in the public and state-owned entity sector which includes 12 years of senior management experience in the human resource area.

    With a formidable background in the nursing college sector as a lecturer, Ms Ngele has worked for Ciskei College of Nursing, Lilitha College of Nursing, Free State Department of Health, Eastern Cape Department of Health and Walter Sisulu University. Ms Ngele joined Amatola Water in January 2019 as a senior human resource manager and was later promoted to her current position after acting in the position for close on a year.