Directors

The directors comprise of Bertie Lourens (Managing Director), June Matlala, Edgar Sishi, Heinrich Venter and Lesego Serolong. Almero Strauss plays an advisory role – Broad Based Black Ownership Scheme, with John Jones acting as independent Chairman.

Bertie Lourens

For the past 14 years, Bertie has been the Managing Director of WastePlan, a national on-site waste management company specialising in recycling and reducing waste to landfill.

Bertie has been living out his passion for people development through training and entrepreneurial development programmes amongst WastePlan staff.

He is now making himself available to serve and uplift communities in a broader sense.

Bertie Lourens

For the past 14 years, Bertie has been the Managing Director of WastePlan, a national on-site waste management company specialising in recycling and reducing waste to landfill.

Bertie has been living out his passion for people development through training and entrepreneurial development programmes amongst WastePlan staff.

He is now making himself available to serve and uplift communities in a broader sense.

Lesego Serolong

Lesego is an internationally-inspired social entrepreneur. She is CEO and founder of Bokamoso Impact, a social enterprise solely dedicated to uplifting remote underdeveloped areas of South Africa through innovative agricultural solutions to poverty, incubating of local rural entrepreneurs, and tackling the lack of basic resources with commercial strategies and natural asset mobilization. Lesego is also the Co- Founder and Chairwoman of Raise the Children International. She has a passion for helping children in disadvantaged communities and building a better future for them. She feels it is part of the duty of every citizen and independent organisation and business in South Africa to become involved in improving the lives of the people of South Africa. Lesego became involved as director of Nika in 2017, having known Bertie Lourens for years as “a doer, not just a talker – someone who really has a heart to help the disadvantaged.” Her qualifications span a Bachelor’s degree in International/Global Studies (CCNY), Master of Science degree in Social Policy and Development (LSE) and a Master’s Degree in Social Policy and Development (LSE).

Lesego Serolong

Lesego is an internationally-inspired social entrepreneur. She is CEO and founder of Bokamoso Impact, a social enterprise solely dedicated to uplifting remote underdeveloped areas of South Africa through innovative agricultural solutions to poverty, incubating of local rural entrepreneurs, and tackling the lack of basic resources with commercial strategies and natural asset mobilization. Lesego is also the Co- Founder and Chairwoman of Raise the Children International. She has a passion for helping children in disadvantaged communities and building a better future for them. She feels it is part of the duty of every citizen and independent organisation and business in South Africa to become involved in improving the lives of the people of South Africa. Lesego became involved as director of Nika in 2017, having known Bertie Lourens for years as “a doer, not just a talker – someone who really has a heart to help the disadvantaged.” Her qualifications span a Bachelor’s degree in International/Global Studies (CCNY), Master of Science degree in Social Policy and Development (LSE) and a Master’s Degree in Social Policy and Development (LSE).

Marno Boshoff

Marno has a ministry background of 20 years , serving as a pastor of a large congregation in Pretoria. He has always been involved in both ministry and business, endeavouring to bridge the gap between the two worlds. He started his own consulting company helping organisations to build healthy workplace culture, strategy and people dynamics. He’s been part of the fast growing insurance company, King Price. He is currently the ‘Culture evangelist’ at King Price Insurance and is also heading up the King Price foundation. He has a passion to inspire people to live their purpose in every aspect of live. As an executive leadership coach he helps leaders to transform their teams into the most effective and healthy individuals to make a lasting impact.

Marno Boshoff

Marno has a ministry background of 20 years , serving as a pastor of a large congregation in Pretoria. He has always been involved in both ministry and business, endeavouring to bridge the gap between the two worlds. He started his own consulting company helping organisations to build healthy workplace culture, strategy and people dynamics. He’s been part of the fast growing insurance company, King Price. He is currently the ‘Culture evangelist’ at King Price Insurance and is also heading up the King Price foundation. He has a passion to inspire people to live their purpose in every aspect of live. As an executive leadership coach he helps leaders to transform their teams into the most effective and healthy individuals to make a lasting impact.

June Matlala (Director)

June has been a director on the Board for WastePlan Holdings, a contributing founder of Nika, since 2014 and Chairs the Social & Ethics Committee. Nika is privileged to have someone with as rich and experience and alive a passion for social upliftment on board.

June has over 16 years’ experience as a public servant at national and local spheres of government. Prior to 2008, June made valuable contributions in education, and policy & development programmes, especially the for upliftment of women, youth, children, the disabled and elderly. Since 2009 June has been involved at an NGO level.

Her qualifications span MA Library Science (University of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA); B Bibl (Hons) (University of Cape Town); BS Education: Library & Education Media (Bowling Green State University, Ohio); and Diploma in Special Education (UNISA). She is also a Member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IODSA).

June Matlala (Director)

June has been a director on the Board for WastePlan Holdings, a contributing founder of Nika, since 2014 and Chairs the Social & Ethics Committee. Nika is privileged to have someone with as rich and experience and alive a passion for social upliftment on board.

June has over 16 years’ experience as a public servant at national and local spheres of government. Prior to 2008, June made valuable contributions in education, and policy & development programmes, especially the for upliftment of women, youth, children, the disabled and elderly. Since 2009 June has been involved at an NGO level.

Her qualifications span MA Library Science (University of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA); B Bibl (Hons) (University of Cape Town); BS Education: Library & Education Media (Bowling Green State University, Ohio); and Diploma in Special Education (UNISA). She is also a Member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IODSA).

Edgar Sishi (Director)

Edgar Sishi is an economist and public finance specialist. Although he has always studied economics, his career began in 1998 as an IT training and project management specialist for ESKOM. Subsequent to this, he became a business systems advisor to small NGOs in the Eastern Cape, before joining the public sector in 2007 as an economist at the National Treasury. In 2016 he was appointed senior advisor to the Executive Director on the board of the International Monetary Fund. Edgar holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of London. He lives in Washington DC with his wife and three children.

Edgar Sishi (Director)

Edgar Sishi is an economist and public finance specialist. Although he has always studied economics, his career began in 1998 as an IT training and project management specialist for ESKOM. Subsequent to this, he became a business systems advisor to small NGOs in the Eastern Cape, before joining the public sector in 2007 as an economist at the National Treasury. In 2016 he was appointed senior advisor to the Executive Director on the board of the International Monetary Fund. Edgar holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of London. He lives in Washington DC with his wife and three children.

Almero Strauss (Observer on Board to oversee and advise on BBBOS requirements)

Almero has had a successful career in management consulting and has worked with a leading international strategy consulting firm, Bain & Company, and thereafter for Deloitte Innovation, a division specialising in corporate venturing. Since joining the Mertech Group in 2008, Almero has been a key member of the Mergon Foundation investment team.

His experience and continued involvement in the Mergon Foundation makes Almero an invaluable source of wisdom.

Almero Strauss (Observer on Board to oversee and advise on BBBOS requirements)

Almero has had a successful career in management consulting and has worked with a leading international strategy consulting firm, Bain & Company, and thereafter for Deloitte Innovation, a division specialising in corporate venturing. Since joining the Mertech Group in 2008, Almero has been a key member of the Mergon Foundation investment team.

His experience and continued involvement in the Mergon Foundation makes Almero an invaluable source of wisdom.

Heinrich Venter (Advisor)

Heinrich is an entrepreneur and business leader who has spent his career in various positions in the information technology industry. After founding iSanity, a niche technology start-up which specialises in the delivery of niche IT solutions and services, he later merged the business with Infotech, part of the Mergon group of companies, and took up the role of CEO. When Urbanise, a global software company, acquired Infotech’s technology assets and business in 2016, Heinrich subsequently relocated to Australia to join the Urbanise senior leadership team in the role of Head of Convergent Solutions. Heinrich is passionate about people, education and making a positive impact through business.

Heinrich Venter (Advisor)

Heinrich is an entrepreneur and business leader who has spent his career in various positions in the information technology industry. After founding iSanity, a niche technology start-up which specialises in the delivery of niche IT solutions and services, he later merged the business with Infotech, part of the Mergon group of companies, and took up the role of CEO. When Urbanise, a global software company, acquired Infotech’s technology assets and business in 2016, Heinrich subsequently relocated to Australia to join the Urbanise senior leadership team in the role of Head of Convergent Solutions. Heinrich is passionate about people, education and making a positive impact through business.

John Jones (Independent Chairman of the Board)

As CEO of OakTree Development Solutions, attorney John focusses on strategy, leadership development and business structuring. He started his career in ownership structuring with one of the big four banks in SA, but soon realized his purpose was more towards social impact investment, and raising Capital for a purpose. Having a passion for Education, he diligently develops funding and operational platforms for Private Education investors (international, and local, especially BEE skills structuring), teacher development programs, and leadership development programs.

John holds an Bachelor of Laws degree (University of Pretoria) and a Masters’ degree in Leadership (Regent University).

John Jones (Independent Chairman of the Board)

As CEO of OakTree Development Solutions, attorney John focusses on strategy, leadership development and business structuring. He started his career in ownership structuring with one of the big four banks in SA, but soon realized his purpose was more towards social impact investment, and raising Capital for a purpose. Having a passion for Education, he diligently develops funding and operational platforms for Private Education investors (international, and local, especially BEE skills structuring), teacher development programs, and leadership development programs.

John holds an Bachelor of Laws degree (University of Pretoria) and a Masters’ degree in Leadership (Regent University).

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