2018 SARA RAIL CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
2018 SARA RAIL CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
The Managing Director of TAZARA
Eng. Bruno Tandeo Ching’andu The Managing Director of TAZARA A holder of a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, a Post-graduate Diploma in Industrial Management and Masters degree in Business Administration, Eng. Ching’andu has a wealth of experience in the railway sector, having worked for Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) for over 18 years, where he rose through the ranks from Senior Engineer to the position of Director Technical Services. Eng. Ching’andu then worked for 16 years with General Electric (GE) Transportation of the USA, the manufacturers of TAZARA’s mainline Diesel Electric locomotives.
He served GE as Regional Manager for East Africa and later as Regional Manager for Southern Africa. Eng. Ching’andu retired from GE to join Bombardier as Business Development Manager for Southern Africa, a position he held for one year before being appointed to head TAZARA.
Transnet Freight Rail
Is the Chief Executive of Transnet Freight Rail, the rail division of Transnet Limited and serves on the Executive Committee of Transnet. Mr Nair joined Transnet in 1994; He became Chief Financial Officer for Metrorail in 1996. He has been acting Chief Executive at TFR since April last year. Previously, he held various senior positions in strategy, operations and finance. Before he was appointed acting Chief Executive, he was General Manager in the Office of the Chief Executive, specifically tasked with driving TFR’s road-to-rail strategy.
Chief Executive Officer at Beitbridge Bulawayo Railway (Pvt.) Limited (BBR)
Thembi is the Chief Executive Officer at Beitbridge Bulawayo Railway (Pvt.) Limited (BBR) and Shareholder Representative of NLPI Limited. Mrs Moyo also hold other portfolios on the social spheres as Chairperson of Women in Agri-business in Sub-Sahara Africa Alliance (WASAA)Zimbabwe Chapter, Vice Chairperson of ANSA (SRC) judges panel and Trustee of Zimbabwe Ladies Golf Union. Thembi has served in leading international organisations spearheading multimillion dollar business projects. Her working career spans well over 30 years in managerial and executive roles in commerce and industry.
Group Chief Executive of Transnet SOC Ltd
Mr. Siyabonga Gama has been Group Chief Executive of Transnet SOC Limited since May 21, 2016. Mr. Gama has been Chief Executive of Transnet Freight Rail (Pty) Ltd. at Transnet SOC Limited since May 2005. He served as the Acting Group Chief Executive of Transnet SOC Limited until May 21, 2016. Mr. Gama served as Chief Executive Officer of Spoornet, a subsidiary of Transnet Ltd. Mr. Gama joined Transnet in 1994. He served in the management ranks as Port Manager and General Manager at Portnet, which culminated in him being appointed in 2000 as Chief Executive of the National Ports Authority of South Africa where he served for five years. He held two terms as Chairman of the Port Management Association of Eastern & Southern African (PMAESA) from 2000 to 2004.
He is also the past President of the Pan African Association for Africa Ports (PAPC) and has served as Vice-President of the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) until May 2005. Prior to joining Transnet, he held various management positions at Standard Bank and JP Morgan (New York). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Swaziland; Certificate of Port Management from Vrije Universiteit; Advanced Executive Programme from New York University; Advanced Certificate Port & Operations Management from University of Singapore and IHE from Delft University.
Directeur Général de la Société Nationale des Chemins de fer du Congo (The Congolese Railways)
Le Professeur ILUNGA ILUNKAMBA est Docteur en Sciences économiques appliquées depuis 1979 et continue à dispenser des cours à l’université de Kinshasa à ce jour. Bien avant la SNCC, il a été tour à tour: Directeur de cabinet du Ministre du Plan (1979-1980); Directeur de la Coopération et des Relations Internationales au Rectorat de l’UNAZA (Université Nationale du Zaïre (1980-1981);
Vice-Ministre à l’Economie, Industrie et Commerce Extérieur (1981-1983); Vice-Ministre au Plan (1983-1984); Vice-Ministre au Portefeuille (1984-1986) ; Conseiller Principal à la Présidence de la République en matière économique et financière (1986-1987); Vice-Ministre au Plan (1987-1990); Ministre du Plan (1990); Ministre des Finances (1990-1991); Associé-gérant de la Société RETIMEX (spécialisée dans le montage des financements avec Equator Bank et dans l’Import et Export pour l’industrie des métaux non ferreux de la RDC), Cape Town, RSA (1993-2003); En 2003, il sera nommé Secrétaire Exécutif du Comité de Pilotage de la Réforme des Entreprises du Portefeuille de l’Etat (COPIREP), poste qu’il occupera jusqu’en 2014 avant d’être désigné Directeur Général de la SNCC en mars 2014.
Secretary General of Ports Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA)
Ms NoziphoMdawe, PMAESA Secretary General was prior to her appointment as the General Manager for Mineral Mining and Chrome Business Unit (GM MMC BU) at Transnet Freight Rail (TFR). She had served Transnet in Operations and Human Resource over many years in various senior and executive management positions, including the Business Unit Executive at Transnet Port terminals where she got the Leadership Award for the transformation of two diverse terminals. She was promoted to the position of GM MMC BU in March 2012 where she was tasked with the responsibility to start and lead a new business unit. Achievements in the business unit under her leadership include amongst others, the Chief Executive Award in 2013 for efficiency improvement through the successful implementation of cost containment initiatives through the Lean Six Sigma Methodology.
Her role at TFR afforded her an opportunity to interact and work with neighbouring countries in the transportation of freight, regional integration as well as economic growth through efficiencies. Nozipho is credited with piloting the Transnet Value Chain Co-ordinator concept in 2013 which was subsequently adopted by the Transnet Group for a number of key corridors. Sheis the first female to be appointed and the eighth PMAESA Secretary General since the Association’s inception in 1973 and was appointed during a special Council meeting held in Windhoek Namibia on May 9th, 2015.
The new SG is a doctoral student at South Africa’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, She holds an MBA (2004) from the same institution and has since done courses on Global Executive Development Program; Advanced Strategic Management Program IRSMI Management Development Program at the University of France between 2008 and 2009 and a course in Finance for Non-Finance Program from Witwatersrand Business School in 2007. Nozipho is a ‘Dynamically applicable Management Professional’ with a distinctive ability to customise and personalise service delivery. She utilizes logic as well as reasoning to identify various strengths and weaknesses of the alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to continuous business challenges. She has extensive interpersonal and communication skills with developed ability to analyse problems, find tangible solutions and implement new systems and procedures in a fast-paced business environment. Possess a strong drive to achieve set goals and objectives by always delivering high standards of service excellence in line with the company’s vision.
Chief Advanced Manufacturing Officer of Transnet SOC Limited
Mr. Thamsanqa Jiyane has been Chief Advanced Manufacturing Officer of Transnet SOC Limited since May 21, 2016.
Mr. Jiyane served as the Chief Executive of Transnet Engineering at Transnet SOC Limited until May 21, 2016. Mr. Jiyane’s area of expertise includes Operations, Procurement, Supplier development, Leadership and Management. His Institution: UKZN (Pietermaritzburg) and UNISA. Mr. Jiyane holds B. Admin in Supply Chain & Operations Management and Master of Business Leadership.
He holds a Master of Science Degree in Industrial and Administration Sciences from City University, UK, and a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Exploration (Honours) from the University of Cardiff, UK. Makwinja’s career in the management field spans over 18 years, including time as the general manager of Orapa and Letlhakane Mines.
A veteran administrator, Makwinja is a former chairman of BTCL and also sat on various companies’ boards such as BancABC. It was also under his stewardship that BTCL introduced its mobile wing beMOBILE in 2008, before driving the asset separation and privatisation of BTCL.
Norman Gombera worked for National Railways of Zimbabwe in various capacities and rose through to Business Manager, Passenger and Parcels Services. Norman left NRZ to join Manica Zimbabwe Limited in June 1998 and immediately launched unit trains of containerized tobacco trains to Durban and Beira and they were a major success during the export seasons of the years 1998 to 2005. In 2001 Norman was promoted to General Manager in charge of all container logistics terminals in Zimbabwe and in 2010 was re-assigned to head Manica Africa- Mozambique operations as Country Manager Freight Services based in Beira. In 2013 he was re-assigned again to Zimbabwe as Manica Africa Group Intermodal Executive. In February 2015 he took up the post of General Manager Operations responsible for freight clearing and forwarding logistics including warehousing in Zimbabwe.
On the academic front Norman has a BCom degree specializing in Transport Economics, and a Master of Business Leadership (MBL) degree from SBL- Unisa. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from IMM South Africa and is an Associate graduate member of the IMM of South Africa. Norman is FIATA resource person in training Company Executives and Directors in international customs clearing procedures.
Norman loves challenges and has been involved in various projects since his days at NRZ and more recently in Manica Africa (Pty) Ltd incorporating Manica Zimbabwe Limited. He is married to Tarisayi and has 5 children. In between his busy life, Norman is anavid small scale farmer. He loves travelling and is a keen soccer enthusiast.
Mr. Musonda is the Chief Executive Officer for Zambia Railways Limited and before the appointment he held various positions up to the level of Director Operations and Marketing.
Christopher also worked for Konkola Copper Mine Plc (KCM) as Logistic Director in charge of copper exports sales and imports for the mine production and processing. He also worked for SATCC as Transport Economist responsible for infrastructure and metrological sectors for the SADC region. He then moved to SADC to be responsible for infrastructure development and coordinated infrastructures projects in all transport modes and communication.
Chris Musonda holds a BA. Degree in Economics and various qualifications in transport logistics.
Qualifications: BA (Economics and Accountancy), University of Botswana and Swaziland, 1982 MA (Development Economics), Center for Development Economics, Williams College, USA, 1985
Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (MCILT)
Mr. Botana has 30 years working experience with over 10 years in project planning and investment appraisal for the Government of Botswana and 17 years in the rail sector of which 9 years were at Chief Executive Officer of both parastatal and private international railway company. Mr. Botana has had vast experience as a consultant in the areas of policy review and formulation, project management, process management, strategy planning, business development, branding, market and business intelligence.
He was a resource person for USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub of mention is the Railway Revitalization Initiative project for SADC, COMESA and EAC. Mr. Botana has a diverse experience in all economic sectors and its key stakeholders. He also has extensive experience in facilitating, chairing and managing consultative meetings, workshops, as well as strategy meetings involving multidisciplinary issues and stakeholders.
Engineer Lewis Mukwada is the General Manager (CEO) of the National Railways of Zimbabwe. He holds a BSc. Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering (University of Zimbabwe), a Masters in Business Leadership(UNISA) and a MSc. in Project Management (University of Pretoria). He is a Fellow Members of the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers.
Engineer Mukwada has over thirty years of railway experience, having worked in workshops, operations and corporate planning. Prior to his appointment to CEO Engineer Mukwada was the NRZ Technical Director. Within SARA Engineer Mukwada chaired the Technical committee for a number of years and currently chairs the newly formed Strategy Committee. Engineer Mukwada is married with three children.
Mr Cromet Molepo is the Acting Group CEO (GCEO).
Mr Molepo, comes with extensive experience in a number of industries in both the private and public sectors including property, energy, transport, water housing, finance and consulting. His formal qualifications cover economic science, civil engineering and leadership. He has participated in a number of National Initiatives which include procurement reform for local government transformation, housing reform, electricity supply industry transformation, National Property Assessment Register on behalf of the Department of Public Works and the Science and Technology. Mr Molepo is a former Advisor to the Minister of Public Works from 1995 to 1999.
Eng. Dr. Michael P. Kisaka has over 33years experience in the railway industry and has held a number of senior positions within the railway mechanical engineering department, Fuel economy management unit, Movable assets management and Safety. He joined the railway industry in 1979 as an artisan fresh from a technical secondary school and rose to principal mechanical engineer by 2002. Dr. Kisaka worked with Tanzania Railways Corporation in various capacities from 1979 to 2007 before joining Reli Assets Holding Company (RAHCO) as Senior Engineer for Movable assets the job he held up to August 2013 when he joined the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) as Director of Railway regulation the position he holds to date.
Eng. Dr. Kisaka is a holder of Honorary Doctorate degree in Business Management from the Africa Graduate University of Kampala Uganda, Masters Degree in Business Administration majoring in Cooperate Management from Mzumbe University Tanzania, Diploma in Mechanical engineering (BSc Equivalent) from the Dar es salaam Technical College Tanzania and a Full Technician certificate in mechanical engineering from the Technical College Arusha.
Johny is CEO of the Trans Namib, As CEO, he is leading the growth and development of new business along the three main corridor routes in Namibia. Mr. Smith has more than 25 years’ commercial experience in the fields of telecommunications, land and sea transportation. His relevant experience covers the aspects of business strategy, organisational development, business development, marketing and project management. He previously held various positions at Namport, Telecom Namibia as well as TransNamib.
Born in Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape in 1962
Obtained a Bcom Degree from the University of Transkei in 1986
Obtained BA Honours from the Walter Sisulu University in 2016
Diploma in Business Management from Executive Education as well as a Diploma in Labour law from Idec in 1987 and 1988 respectively
Obtained leadership certificates in leading SA Academic Instititions like UCT Graduate School of Business and Wits Business School
A member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa.
Was an Executive Manager at Prasa between 1994 to 1998
General Manager at LegalWise 1998 to 2003
Director at RAMCO 2003 to 2007
Managing Director of SIMS (Pty) Ltd 2006 to 2017
Currently Managing Director of Plasser SA from January 2018.
Other Leadership Responsibilities
Deputy Chairperson of the KZN Museum Council
Member of the Funding Committee of the National Heritage Council
Served on the Board of Ansys , chairing their Remuneration Committee
A Parish Minister and a former Parish Council Member of St Michaels and All Angels, Weltevreden Park (A devout Christian).
Unashamedly ethical and proudly South African.
Mr Stephenson Ngubane holds a qualification of Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute
(ESAMI). He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Honours Degree (BSc. Eng. Hons) majoring in Mechanical Engineering obtained from the University of Zimbabwe in 1985. He has served Swaziland Railway diligently for 27 years and has never worked for any other organisation since graduating from University. This is an organisation in which he currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer since July, 2013 to date. Prior to that he was holding the position of Director Operations & Marketing reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. This is a position he held for 20 years since 1993 and during this whole period, Swaziland Railway was able to realise healthy profits.
Thierry Darthout, Vice President of Operations at Gibela since June 2016, has more than 25 years’ industrial, sourcing and engineering experience in the medical, automotive, power and rail sectors.
Prior to joining Gibela, he was in charge of service and bid rolling stock activities for Alstom’s Middle East & Africa Region.
A significant part of his career has been dedicated to organisational transformation and the setting up of new manufacturing facilities.