The Hall of Fame
PENUELL MADUNA – DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF BOWMANS
Dr. Penuell Maduna is a former struggle veteran who went into exile in 1980 with the assistance of the ANC. Penuell has contributed to a number of significant academic works and has an LLB from the University of Zimbabwe, a B.luris from the University of South Africa, an LLM from the University of the Witwatersrand, an LLD from the University of South Africa and a Higher Diploma in Tax Law.He co-authored with Azhar Cachalia the Fundamental Rights in the New Constitution which was published in 1994. Maduna is a former member of the board of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand and a former Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development. He is currently the Deputy Chairman of Bowmans.
CLIFFORD LIVINGSTONE – MANAGING PARTNER OF PKF OCTAGON
Clifford Livingstone did his Bachelor of Accounting degree on a part-time basis at the University of Witwatersrand and graduated in 1980 whilst working for Eliasov Wolf & Partners. Pursuing studies part time impacted significantly on his training, growth and development at Bloch Schaffer and then Herbert & Trakman where he was a Partner. When he tracks his movement and changes throughout his career, he recognises that the changes were all important in crafting the individual he is today. In 1981 he started the accounting business with eight partners, hence the name Octagon. The firm is now PKF Octagon having joined PKF International, a global family of legally independent firms consisting of over 400 offices, operating in 150 countries across five regions.
DAVID HERTZ – CHAIRMAN OF WERKSMANS
David Hertz has been with Werksmans Attorneys since 1989. He was appointed as a Director in 1993 and currently serves as the firm’s Chairman – a role he has held since 2015. Prior to this, he was the firm’s Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution. David is experienced in all fields of commercial litigation and has been involved in many high-profile and precedent-setting matters with a focus on contractual disputes and adversarial proceedings arising out of mergers and acquisitions, corporate failures, management buy-outs and take-overs and flotations / listings. He regularly represents clients involved in complex multiparty, multijurisdictional litigation; particularly matters involving simultaneous civil, criminal and administrative proceedings. David’s expertise extends to arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. David features prominently as a leading lawyer in numerous independently-conducted ratings of the legal profession both locally and internationally. He is consistently ranked as a tier 1 lawyer in dispute resolution by Chambers Global and included in the elite “Leading Lawyers” list by Legal 500. He is further recognised for his work in commercial litigation by the International Who’s Who Legal and The International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators amongst other legal and business publications.
CHARLES ISRAELITE – CO-FOUNDER OF SIP PROJECT MANAGERS
Charles Israelite co-founded SIP in 1977. Graduating with a BSc Building Management in 1972, Israelite worked for a building contractor before moving onto a multi-disciplinary firm of consultants. In 1977, his initial project was with the Sun City Hotel. He was President of the Association of Construction Management Professionals (ACMP) for seven years. He is also a councillor on the South African Council for the Construction and Project Management Professions and through them, was elected as councillor on the Council for the Built Environment (CBE). In addition, Israelite is Chairman of PROCSA (Professional Consultants Services Agreement Committee). This Committee provides the basis for the Terms of Engagement of professionals within the Construction industry. Through his leadership, SIP has been involved with several projects that have won SAPOA Awards.
HEIN BOEGMAN – RECENT PWC AFRICA CEO
Hein is a household name in both the accounting and mining industries having led the PwC Africa Mining and then the Southern Africa and Africa Wide Firm for the last 15 years. It is noteworthy that he has earned the respect and confidence of his 400 partners at PwC Africa who elected him to the position of Chief Executive Officer for Africa some four years ago. He is one of those natural leaders whom people automatically want to elect to take charge. Be it from his early days at school in South Africa, to university where he served as a student leader or as a compulsory conscript in the military where he was trained and was deployed as an officer. Hein joined Price Waterhouse in 1984, moving around the PwC network to jobs in New York, London and Spain before being admitted as a partner in 1992, six years before it merged with Coopers & Lybrand to become PwC. Hein was also elected by the 10,000 partners globally to serve on the PwC Global Board who governs PwC’s 270,000 people across some 150 countries.
ISAAC SHONGWE – CHAIRMAN OF LETSEMA
Isaac is a founder and Chairman of Letsema Holdings and is focused on building a values-based, long term, buy and hold investment company. He was, until the end of May 2014, an Executive Director of Barloworld Limited, a leading global industrial company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange; he remains a non-executive Director of the Company. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Barloworld Logistics. He founded Letsema Consulting in 1996 which is now a leading black owned and managed management consulting company in South Africa. He is the co-founder of the African Leadership Initiative, which is part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. His own passion for leadership began early in his career when he was made a 21st Century Trust Fellow and was named as a World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow, in 1996. From 2000 to 2014 he served on the board of the Aspen Institute, where he is a Henry Crown Fellow. He is the immediate past Chairman of George Soros’ Open Society Foundation for South Africa. He is the Chairman of the University of the Witwatersrand Business School Advisory Board and he also serves as Deputy Chair of Council, of the University of the Witwatersrand. From 1994 until 2008, he served on the Selection Committee of Rhodes Scholars in South Africa and has been an active participant with the Mandela Rhodes Scholars.
WILFRED NGUBANE – FOUNDER OF NGUBANE & CO
Bhekabantu is a Chartered Accountant. He is the founding CEO at Ngubane & Co. a firm of Chartered Accountants. The business was incorporated in March 1995 with only two administrative employees in Durban, and it has since grown phenomenally to employ over 230 employees with distinct capabilities in Assurance, Business Consulting and Forensic Investigations. The growth of Ngubane & Co has also spread geographically with presence in four provinces namely, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West, Kwa Zulu-Natal and Limpopo. He has vast experience within the public sector. Prior to establishing his company in 1995, he worked as a Financial Accountant at the Independent Newspapers, after earlier work experience as an Internal Auditor at the University of Zululand, Business Advisor at the Small Business Development Corporation. He served his articles at KPMG. He sits on the Audit Committees of a number of key organisations. He was appointed to the Pareto Board in 2015 and is currently serving as the chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.
PIERRE LOMBART – CO-FOUNDER OF GLH ARCHITECTS
Born in Brussels, Pierre moved to South Africa after completing his studies. He co-founded GLH Architects with whom he has been for 31 years as a Senior Partner and is now Honorary Chairman. He continues to participate in the conceptual brainstorming of most projects while taking care of the existing professional relationships he created with major corporate clients. GLH Architects has been involved in major corporate and residential projects in the main hubs of Johannesburg including the design of head offices for 3 of the 4 major banks. Pierre is active in the property industry and his passion for the arts led him to initiate the creation of a non-profit company christened The Southern African Foundation For Contemporary Art (SAFFCA) which aims to promote the work of the artists of Southern Africa and link them with the global stage.
PINE PIENAAR – CO-FOUNDER OF NYELETI ENGINEERING
Dr. Pienaar completed his degree in civil engineering in 1981 followed thereafter by an honours degree in structural engineering, both at the University of Pretoria. In 1987, he obtained his Masters degree in the design of low volume roads and followed that up with a PhD on the topic of the management of tertiary road networks in rural areas in 1993. He worked for various organisations during his professional career including Basil Read, Van Wyk & Louw and GIBB Africa. In 1999, together with Stanford Mkhacane he co-founded Nyeleti Consulting, an organisation which has grown from two engineers and a secretary to over 120 staff with offices in Pretoria, Alberton, Polokwane, Durban and Mozambique.
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.