Zanele joined the Merafe Board in 2005 as an independent non-executive director. She was appointed Merafe's Chief Financial Officer on 1 October 2010 and Chief Executive Officer on 1 June 2012. She is a non-executive director of Stefanutti Stocks Holdings Limited, RAC Limited and Royal Bafokeng Platinum Limited.
Izak, a qualified chartered accountant, started his career at Deloitte Cape Town and thereafter he worked for the same firm in the USA. On his return from the USA he joined the structured products team at PSG Investment Bank. He serves and has served on a number of company boards and industry bodies in an executive and non-executive capacity. The most notable industry bodies he served on include SA REIT’s Association, SAPOA, ABASA Western Cape and ABSIP Western Cape and National. He co-founded the Mergence Group of companies which led to the formation of the Mergence Africa Property Fund, which later merged with Dipula Property Fund and listed Dipula Income Fund in August 2011. Izak has spearheaded property and other unlisted investment and investment management ventures in South Africa and other parts of the continent. He is a serial entrepreneur that is passionate about starting new ventures.
Ridwaan has 27 years’ experience in listed property with specific skills in financial reporting and management, acquisitions, disposals, treasury, and hotel property development. He started his career at Anglo American Property Services before joining Broll Property Group and thereafter CORONIB Asset Management. In 2006 Ridwaan was appointed Financial Director of Hospitality Property Fund Limited. He joined Dipula as Financial Director in September 2015.
Brian has 33 years’ experience in the property industry. He was a director of Anglo American Properties and then managing director of ApexHi Properties Limited. He served as CEO of Redefine from 2003 until its merger with ApexHi and Madison Property Fund Managers Limited in 2009 and then resigned from Redefine to form Capstone Property Group. In 2016 he sold out of Capstone to form a new company, Propertiq. He has served on the boards of various listed property companies and currently serves on the audit committee of SAPOA.
Syd retired from Nedbank in 2004 where he had held various senior credit risk management positions in the property finance divisions of Nefic, Syfrets, Nedcor Investment Bank and Nedbank. Following his retirement, he served as the independent chairman of Nedbank Corporate Property Finance’s main property lending committee up to December 2012 and for three years to November 2019 served on RMB’s real estate investment banking credit committee. Syd joined the board of Dipula in May 2014 and is a member of the investment and remuneration committees. Syd also served on the board of Hospitality Property Fund Limited as an independent non-executive director for five years until his retirement in May 2019. He also consults to Sasfin Bank in their property private equity business.
Professor Links is a non-executive director of a number of companies including Kansai Plascon Limited, Telesure Holdings Limited, Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty Limited and TerraSan Limited. He has also been appointed as a Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Previously he served as a member of The Presidential Advisory Council on B-BBEE as well as the South African Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg and as the Permanent Representative of South Africa at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Washington DC.
Younaid is a tax, business and governance consultant, an independent director of JSE companies and serves and has served as a member of audit, risk, social and ethics, remuneration and investment committees. He has extensive experience across a range of business sectors including telecommunications, property, asset management, gaming, motor and transportation, and economic growth facilitation. Younaid has also served as a director of various public sector and JSE companies. He was a senior partner and executive chairman of APF Chartered Accountants Inc., a consortium of black auditing and accounting firms. During his career he served as chairman of the Public Accountants and Auditors Board (PAAB, now IRBA); vice president of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA); and an executive member of the Black Business Council (BBC). He is also a member of the Income Tax Court.