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Our Board of Directors

Mr. Sihle Ndlovu (Board Chairperson)

UKZN PhD Candidate accepted at Stanford’s Seed Transformation Program

Mr. Ndlovu holds an MBA Degree and is a University of KwaZulu Natal PhD Candidate and has been accepted to the Stanford University Graduate School of Business’s Seed Transformation Program. He is the founder of Mjadiya Supplies and Renewable Energy ltd and a winner of the young farmer of the year in South Africa in Plant Production and Livestock awards by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. He is a member of Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) obtained in United Kingdom accounting professional body and the South African Institute of Professional Accountant (SAIPA). He is chairman of the board of Inzalo Utility Systems which won Global Water Award for Smart Water Project for 2019. 

He has worked as an Executive director, also worked as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee on different business entities. Mr. Ndlovu has worked for Liberty Properties Ltd as a Property Regional Finance and Administration Manager for 8 years. He has extensive experience in the banking and finance industry.

Mrs. Zinhle Sokhela (Deputy Chairperson)

Mrs. Sokhela is the founder and Managing Director of Sesifikile Booksellers which was founded in 1998 which supplies educational and academic material to government educational institutions throughout the country. She holds a Master of Business Administration Degree which was obtained at Mancosa. She is the Director of Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business since 1998 to date and has served as its president. She has represented Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business as a member of South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry SACCI Council.

She is a member of the UKZN council and sits in various committees such as the Exco of Council, Audit and Risk Committee and Institutional Forum and Remuneration Committee. In 2010 she was awarded with the Business Woman of the Year Award by South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

She has experience in Human Resource Management including skills development, succession planning and labour relations. She also specializes in Project Management, Integrated Strategic Planning and Financial Management.

Mr. Mpumelelo Zikalala

Mr. Zikalala holds an LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal. He also holds a Certificate in Basic Municipal Policy Process, and a Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate from the Law Society of South Africa. He was admitted as an attorney on the 26th of May 2014. He is the founder and managing director of Zikalala Attorneys which won the eThekwini Municipality Best Youth Owned Business in the year 2016.

Mr. Zikalala has worked for different Provincial and Local government departments including eThekwini Municipality Legal Services Unit as a Legal Adviser and has also worked as a Head Policy Drafter of the Litigation Department in the eThekwini Municipality. He has worked as a Municipal Bid panelist in the uMzinyathi District Municipality under the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Treasury. He has worked as an Audit and Risk Committee Member for various government entities. He is currently serving as a Chairperson for Black Lawyers Association Durban Branch.

Prof. Albert Modi

Dr. Modi holds a Ph.D in Crop Science which he obtained from Ohio State University in USA. Dr. Modi has worked at different higher learning institutions occupying different positions. He worked as a Horticulture Teaching Assistant in Ohio State University in USA. He has also worked as a Dean’s Assistant at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Currently he is a Deputy Vice Chancellor at University of KwaZulu-Natal, College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. He is also a Professor of Crop Science and Dean of School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He has served as a member of different committees nationally and internationally including the South African Journal of Science, the South African Society of Crop Production, the South African Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Association, the Organics South Africa, the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Development Forum, the African Crop Science Society, the Water Research Commission, and the South African Society of Horticultural Science just to name the few.

In 2001 he founded Ezemvelo Farmers Organisation (EFO) where he mentors small-scale subsistence farmers on crop production and marketing of indigenous/traditional crops.