I am a seasoned executive, acknowledged strategist and development activist in the infrastructure development space. I was a CEO now an Executive Chairperson of an infrastructure development group that operates on the continent in addition to serving in private sector company Boards and running a family property investment company that operates in South Africa.
In 2014 I was humbly honored to be awarded the Lifetime Achiever’s Award in the Manufacturing and Engineering Sector and as one of Africa’s Most Influential Women. In 2015 awarded the Top Performing Business Leader Award in South Africa. 2016 I was recognized by Women For Africa Awards a London-based organization for being one of the most influential women on the African continent. In 2017, the Standard Bank’s Top-Women Awards recognized me for my leadership in Bigen Group – receiving the Top Gender Empowered Infrastructure Development Award. This year in 2018, I received a Lifetime Achievement in Engineering from SA Professional Services Awards [SAPSA] sponsored by Sanlam. I give all glory to God for being so blessed.
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During my tenure [2010-2016] as CEO of Bigen Group, the company won over 30 business awards on engineering and advisory service in infrastructure development on the continent and in particular in South Africa. In 2018, Bigen won the Infrastructure Development Company of the year from SAPSA alongside my Lifetime Achievers award. I have a passion in doing good while doing business thus improving the quality of life of people through infrastructure that provides water, sanitation, housing, transportation, energy and health, thus for e.g. create jobs, reduce poverty, increase health and education for society.
Before Bigen, I was Group Executive at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. I was appointed by various ministers e.g. Water, Housing, and Trade & Industry to chair the Boards of e.g. Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA); the Water Research Commission (WRC); and a Distribution Agency of the National Lotteries Council. I also chaired the Centre for Social Development in Africa (University of Johannesburg); Women’s Development Bank (WDB) Trust; Bihati Solutions (Pty) Ltd; served as a board member of the National Housing Financing Corporation (NHFC); FAMSA; Freights Dynamics (Transnet); StatsSA; and Ministerial advisory boards of the then National Housing [now Human Settlement] as well as Water and Environmental Affairs [now Water and Sanitation].
Currently I serve at the Water Institute Advisory Board of University of Pretoria and am also an independent non-executive director at ANSYS. In my private capacity I’m the president of Agape Christian Women’s Network (ACWN). ACWN is a not-for-profit organization supporting families in various challenges that they are facing in various areas of their lives thus providing shelter, creating job opportunities and reducing poverty to disadvantaged communities. With God’s Grace, I’m available and able to serve the country at any capacity where I can add value particularly in infrastructure development space.