The Hall of Fame
BRIAN EATON – MANAGING PARTNER OF RSM BETTY & DICKSON (JOHANNESBURG)
Brian Eaton is the Managing Partner of RSM Betty & Dickson (Johannesburg), a position that he has held since 2001. His professional career began at the firm in 1973 and he has dedicated the last 41 years to building the firm and constantly finding new ways to improve the service offerings.
It is through Brian’s leadership that RSM Betty & Dickson has grown from small beginnings to a medium sized firm and has become a significant player in the professional services arena. In 2001, Brian took the decision to join the firm with the RSM International network – the 7th largest network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms in the world.
Brian spent four years as Chairman of the Board of RSM International. This is a tremendous achievement, especially considering that there are over 700 Managing Partners in the RSM network.
TRUEMAN GOBA – CHAIRMAN OF HATCH GOBA
Mr. Trueman Goba is the founder of Goba (Pty) Ltd, consulting engineers and project managers. From humble beginnings the company grew to a complement of over 500 professionals nationwide. In 2013, Goba took the decision to merge with international engineering giant Hatch with Trueman becoming executive chairman of the combined entity. Trueman has served as the president of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering in 2002 and as president of the Engineering Council of South Africa between 2007 and 2009.
NONKULULEKO GOBODO – FIRST FEMALE BLACK CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT
Nonkululeko Gobodo is SA’s first black female chartered accountant. She had a vision when she was young of one day helping change the economic landscape of South Africa and refused to be part of an international network choosing instead to establish her own homegrown brand. In 1996 she founded Gobodo Incorporated which served as an audit practice working with parastatals and government departments. In 2011 SizweNtsaluba VSP and Gobodo Incorporated merged to form the largest black-owned and managed accounting firm and the fifth largest accounting firm in South Africa. She is Chairman of the combined entity and is a recipient of several awards including a Top Business Woman Award in 2014.
RODNEY GROSSKOPFF – CHAIRMAN OF GLH ARCHITECTS
Rodney Grosskopff is the Chairman and a Partner of Grosskopff, Lombart, Huyberechts and Associates based in Johannesburg. Rodney has designed and been associated with some of the firm’s most notable buildings over the last half-century. His architectural philosophy has been To Add Value, which remains the company’s credo to this day. Conversion of old produce market into the Market Theatre. He is a published author whose books included ‘Carved in Stone’ and is a recipient of the A S Furner Prize for Architecture.
SBU GULE – CHAIRMAN OF NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT
Sibusiso ‘Sbu’ Gule has been involved in Labour and Employment Law for more than 20 years and has written articles on the subject published in reputable local and international print media and law journals. In 2013 Norton Rose merged with US law firm, Fulbright & Jaworski, to make Norton Rose Fulbright. The merged operation would boast a base of about 4000 lawyers spread across 55 office across the globe and leaped into the list of top 10 global legal firms. In 2014, Sbu Gule was appointed Global Chairman of this international organisation in addition to serving as Chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright in South Africa.
LOUIS KAROL – FOUNDER, LOUIS KAROL ARCHITECTS
Louis Karol arrived in South Africa in the 1930’s on an immigrant ship from Lithuania. He worked at his parents boarding house while studying architecture at UCT. He started his practice while still in University which has gone on to design a number of award-winning South African and international buildings. He has served as an examiner for Wits University and chair of Architecture SA and has won a number of architecture awards including the Architecture SA Project Award for the Waterfront.
ATTIE PRETORIUS, CHAIRMAN OF CLIFFE DEKKER HOFMEYR
Attie Pretorius is the chairman of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr having joined as a director in 1984. He is an expert in property law and has advised several large corporations including all the major banks. He authored the South African chapter for the International Comparative Legal Guide to Real Estate Law and advised on Waterfall City, which at R11 billion is the largest property development in South African history. Best Lawyers International 2013 named Attie “Lawyer of the Year” in Johannesburg Real Estate.
ROBERT LEGH – CHAIRMAN OF BOWMAN GILFILLAN
Robert Legh is the chairman of Bowman Gilfillan with 25 years extensive experience in corporate finance, antitrust and regulatory work. Robert founded the competition law group in 1998. He has worked on a number of high profile cases over the years in relation to hostile mergers, abuse of dominance and cartel cases. He was a contributor to the first South African text book in the area.
Robert Legh is ranked as a leading South African competition lawyer several rating publications including Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers, Global Competition Review, Who’s Who Legal Competition and The Legal 500.
STANFORD MKHACANE – PRESIDENT OF SAICE
Stanford Mkhacane is the current president and fellow of the SA Institution of Civil Engineering. He is a former Chairman of Consulting Engineers of South Africa and managing director of Nyeleti Consulting (Pty) Ltd. He has 39 years experience in civil, roads and transportation engineering, with specific reference to the design, construction, and management of rural roads and civil engineering services. He has also been involved in research on transportation, and has published about 10 national and international papers. He has been involved involved in the accreditation of Civil Engineering programmes at the Edwardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, UKZN and Wits University.