Our People

Trustees / Directors

The trust has two trustees that share a wealth of experience and a keen interest in the development of our youth.

Mokgadi Rameetse is the founder and CEO of Kgadi Transformer, an integrated empowerment consultancy. She is a lecturer at UNISA and the current chairperson of Association of Black Professionals. She is a specialist in implementing sustainable empowerment strategies, as well as undertaking corporate B-BBEE due diligence investigations, these include strategic assessments, implementation scenario planning and public sector procurement consulting.  She also held the position as SANAS Accreditation Manager: B-BBEE (Head of Accreditation: B-BBEE).

Mokgadi Rameetse

About Mokgadi Rameetse

  • Mokgadi is professional in implementing sustainable empowerment strategies, as well as undertaking corporate BEE due diligence investigations, these included Strategic assessments, implementation scenario planning, and reviewing of ownership structures through SANAS assessment.
  • She has been SANAS Accreditation Manager: BBBEE (Head of Accreditation: B-BEE).

Background & Summary of experience

  • Specialist in implementing sustainable empowerment strategies, as well as undertaking corporate BEE due diligence investigations, these included Strategic assessments, implementation scenario planning, and public sector procurement consulting.
  • Has been SANAS Accreditation Manager: BBBEE (Head of Accreditation: B-BEE).
  • B-BBEE /Transformation expertise and experience includes implementation, verification and consulting in public listed and private companies, as well as state-owned enterprises.
  • Has extensive B-BBEE experience across a broad spectrum of entities, including Edcon Holdings, Cargill RSA
  • Former Deputy-chairperson at American chamber of commerce South Africa Transformation forum.

Board of Directors Experience

  • Association of B-BBEE Professionals (ABP) |Non-Executive Director
  • Penta consulting | Non-Executive Director
  • Verigreen (Pty) Ltd | Non-Executive Director
  • AQRate | Chairperson of the Board

Employment History Summary

  • Kgtransformer | August 2019 – Current | CEO
  • South African National Accreditation System | July 2013 – July 2019 | Accreditation B-BBEE (Head of Accreditation: B-BEE).
  • EDCON (PTY) LTD | January 2012 – June 2013 | Group Enterprise Development & B-BBEE
  • Cargill RSA | September 2007 – December 2011 | BEE /Training Manager
  • Ownership Solutions | May 2005 – August 2007 | Junior Accountant /Assistant strategy

Mannie Hirsch is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Gestalt Group.  He provided strategy consultancy to such giants as American Cyanamid, Lederle Laboratories, Sanyo, The Israel Ministry of Finance, the Government of Ghana, the Royal family of Morocco, the Government of Malawi, Canadian Pacific and many more that specialised in positioning public and private sector enterprises for growth.

Mannie Hirsch

Mannie Hirsch is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Gestalt Group.  He provided strategy consultancy to such giants as American Cyanamid, Lederle Laboratories, Sanyo, The Israel Ministry of Finance, the Government of Ghana, the Royal family of Morocco, the Government of Malawi, Canadian Pacific and many more that specialised in positioning public and private sector enterprises for growth.

At the request of the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Israel, he developed a socio-economic model to build and mentor emerging entrepreneurs that he successfully implemented and which is still widely used today.  Mannie, fluent in a number of languages, has published many articles and a number of children’s books.  His poems and short stories have appeared in anthologies through the English speaking world.

In Memoriam

The late Dr Namane Magau was the Chief Executive Director of B&D Solutions, a management consultancy that she established.  She carried out management consulting work in the public and private sector and was involved in several business enterprises.  She was the past President of International Women’s Forum South Africa and Business Women’s Association (BWS).

Dr Namane Magau

9 June 1952 – 20 May 2022

The late Dr Namane Magau was the Chief Executive Director of B&D Solutions, a management consultancy that she established.  She carried out management consulting work in the public and private sector and was involved in several business enterprises.  She was the past President of International Women’s Forum South Africa and Business Women’s Association (BWS)

She was the Executive Director of Women’s Investments Group, Tselane Basadi, where she spearheaded a BEE Transaction with Merrill Lynch, South Africa.  Dr Magau served on the Santam Board, Murray & Roberts Board and NRF Board as well as the AON Board, NECSA Board and chaired the NTP Board.

She had professional qualifications and experience in executive leadership, business development, education, human development and human resources management, including a PhD in Education from Harvard.  Dr Magau had been involved in several initiatives to support the development of women entrepreneurs.  Technology for Women in Business was one of the flagships.

Tribute by Deon Oberholzer to the late Dr Namane Magau

Mannie Hirsch and I had the privilege of knowing her as a friend and business associate since 2011.

Dr Namane was a founding member and trustee of the Intombazane Development Trust and Director of the Intombazane Holdings Company.  Both these entities were created for the sole purpose of benefiting the development of young black women. 

She also played a large role in our ProudAfrique Working Student Programme where we were carving out pathways to uplift young students and graduates from poor backgrounds to enter the workplace on equal footing. 

We started the Working Student Program in 2020, just before the COVID Pandemic, with a pilot of 22 students, offering a full bursary, workplace experience with a small minimum wage stipend and participation into an intensive life skills programme. We have now funded nearly 100 student years with exceptional pass rates. Our dream is becoming a reality.

 No matter what we asked of her, she was always willing and ready and she had this endearing quirk.  Here we have a woman of great stature, someone that had rubbed shoulders as an equal with presidents, great women of our time and giants from our history, but when we asked her to intervene in something that is happening on the programmes, or be the key note speaker at our little Working Student Conference in April, she still had a way of making us feel that we were doing her a favour.

 We felt that the programme was now ready for the international stage and when Dr Namane started planning her trip to the United States as speaker at the Jean Society 2022 Conference in Philadelphia at the end of May, she offered to carry the message of what we are doing to foreign shores.   On last Friday evening at about half past 7, she was in contact with us to confirm the layout of her new Intombazane Business card. She was really excited about all of it. 

 Why am I telling you this story? She had a life filled with moments that changed the lives of many people. Dr Namane would have turned 70 in a few weeks from now and we were just getting started!

 I cannot imagine walking this road without her, but we shall continue and in doing so, hopefully honour one of the greatest people I have ever had the honour of sharing time with on our journey.

We will miss her strength with her soft touch, her wisdom, her passion and the trust she gave us and I will also miss her smile and the hug every time we would meet.

On behalf of Mannie and the ProudAfrique and Gestalt Team, the Intombazane Team and the many people whose lives she touched via Intombazane:  Rest in peace our dear sister and leader, may God bless your family and all the many people whose lives you have changed.

Deon Oberholzer

Deal Facilitator

Deon Oberholzer

Deon Oberholzer currently serves as Group Chief Executive Officer at Gestalt Growth Strategies and Director at ProudAfrique Human Capital. He assists organisations with strategic B-BEE solutions and has more than 16 years’ in-depth experience in BEE consulting, business development, Enterprise Development, mergers and acquisitions, BEE investment and incubation. Deon has a proven track record in BEE Verification that includes running a SANAS accredited verification agency for 9 years, BEE Consulting, Mergers & Acquisitions, Busines Modelling, Turnaround Strategies and finding the right BEE partners for businesses.

Deon holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering and a MBA from Wits Business School. He is committed to adding value and identifies key areas that are critical to the growth of sustainable business profit in South Africa’s rapidly changing business environment.

Prabashnee Hossain

Group Finance Manager

Margie Kriel

Bursary & Student Administrator

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