Craig J Cornish

Chairperson of the GPF board of trustees


Mr. Craig J Cornish was appointed to the board of the Gauteng Partnership Fund (GPF) with effect from 25 May 2021.

He is an accomplished consultant with experience in the construction, auditing, accounting, and financial sectors.

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Cornish is the CEO of Mining Civil Construction and Services, a company that specializes in underground mining, civil construction, and mechanical services; and the CEO of East2West Holdings (Pty) Ltd, which is a corporate advisory and investment holdings firm.


He served as the Chairperson of the Finance Committee, and later as Board Chairperson of Ekurhuleni Water Care Company (ERWAT), a bulk water treatment municipal entity of the City of Ekurhuleni Metro. He has served as a member of the advisory panel to the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry on the Black Industrialist policy. He has also worked in various auditing portfolios at the South African Revenue Services.


Cornish successfully completed a National Diploma in Accounting at the Wits Technikon, a Senior Management Development Program at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, and a Forensic and Investigative Auditing Program from the University of South Africa.


As socio-economic activist, Cornish has served as a Board Member of various community governance organisations in education, security, and sports.


He currently serves as the Board Chairperson of the ALMAC Development Centre, an organisation that actively participates in community development programs on in the far east of the City of Ekurhuleni.

Maseapo Kganedi

Deputy Chairperson of the GPF board of trustees

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Holds a B. Proc degree, LLB (Honours), LLM in Corporate Law and a Diploma in Legislative Drafting, from the University of Johannesburg. She also obtained a Certificate in Corporate Governance and a further Certificate in Pension Law, both from the University of South Africa (UNISA). She attended and completed training on Driving Government Performance at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2013.

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Maseapo is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a legal and governance practitioner. She has over 20 years work experience in both private and public sector. She has a strong public-sector experience, having worked in senior management positions in various government departments, both provincial and national departments.


Throughout her career, she has developed and conducted training for government and the industry in areas of corporate governance, board effectiveness, effectiveness of company secretaries, legal and compliance, as well as contract management. She has advised on listing of public entities and has drafted governance documents such as enabling legislation, governance protocols as well as board and committee charters.


Maseapo has also worked as a legal adviser and company secretary for one of the largest pension funds in the Southern Africa. She sits on various boards of public entities as a member and is also a member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA).

Nangamso Matebese

Nangamso Matebese is an Investment Banking and Infrastructure Project Finance Professional, currently employed by the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA). She was appointed as a Board Member of the Gauteng Partnership Fund (GPF) with effect from 01 April 2017. Nangamso is also a member of the Funding Committee as well as the Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee of the GPF.

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She has extensive experience in Infrastructure Investment in the Transport, Logistics and ICT sectors having also participated in the funding and monitoring of a number of infrastructure projects such as Public Transport (including BRT’s) systems, ICT Broadband, Oil & Gas, Student Accommodation, Maritime Infrastructure and Private Equity Investment.


Nangamso Matebese ’s qualifications are as follows:

  • BCom (Unisa)
  • BCom (Hons) (Unisa)
  • MA Finance & Investments (London School of Business & Finance)
  • MSc Finance (Geneva Business School)
  • Chartered Banker (MBA) – Bangor University
  • GMP (Harvard Business School)

Leon G. Marincowitz


Leon G. Marincowitz is an entrepreneur, real estate businessman and academic with wide-ranging experience in public policy and governance. He founded the Quick Buy Group of companies that focuses on revitalising distressed residential properties and serves as a non-executive director on several public sector entities.

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Having read for Philosophy at the University of Pretoria in 2008 and subsequently obtained an MPhil Philosophy from the University of Johannesburg. He served as a non-executive director on the inaugural Gauteng Youth Commission and currently serves on the boards of the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller and the Gauteng Gambling Board.

Other experience within the NGO sector includes strategic programme development, project management and coordination, policy advocacy, fundraising and media liaison. Among the notable projects he led were devoted to civil liberties, energy policy and land reform. He has also travelled throughout Africa to advocate for peace and reconciliation work.

Leon G. Marincowitz has published academic papers in the fields of philosophy, political studies and conflict resolution and has delivered lectures and presentations at international conferences in South Africa and Europe.

Gugulethu Wendy Phakathi


Gugulethu Wendy Phakathi is an accomplished professional with over 13 years of experience in the built environment. Currently a project engineer at Senet, a leading project management and engineering firm in mineral processing in Africa, she began her career as a trainee at Bay Engineering in 2010.

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With expertise in design, programme and project management, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, construction and engineering management, as well as infrastructure development, she brings a wealth of experience to her role. Gugulethu Phakathi is known for her decisive and committed approach, applying innovative skills, and functioning seamlessly within a team. She holds a National Diploma and BTech Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg. She is also registered for accreditation with the Project Management Institute.

Mpho Hlahla


Mpho Hlahla is a highly experienced professional in the built environment, specialising in town planning, transport planning, project management, and retail property management. She began her career as a town planner in government and later held notable positions in various consulting firms and the corporate sector.

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Adding to her diverse expertise, Hlahla also ventured into international relations, serving as the Consul General of South Africa in Shanghai, China from April 2018 to June 2022. Her educational background includes an MBA from Wits University, an MTRP from UKZN, an Honours BSc from Rhodes University, and a BSc from the University of Zululand.

Rethabile Itumeleng Kikine


Rethabile Itumeleng Kikine is an admitted advocate and holds various legal qualifications including BProc and LLB degrees from the University of KZN. She is a certified ethics officer and has certification from the Directors Association as a Professional Director.

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A seasoned expert in ethics, governance, legal advisory and compliance, she is also an ordinary member of the Institute of Directors South Africa and the Compliance Institute Southern Africa. Rethabile has board experience having served on the boards of Joburg Ballet and currently Ekuhurleni Water Care Company (ERWAT) and extensive professional work experience, which includes tenures at the Pension Funds Adjudicator, Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors, South African Council for Educators, Lawyers for Human Rights, Auditor General of South Africa, and SA Taxi Development Finance.

Ms. Busi Mhaga


Ms. Busi Mhaga is a highly accomplished corporate executive with over 26 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She has held various leadership positions, including CEO at Great North Transport and Executive Director at Jade Africa Developments.

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Currently, she serves as the Spatial and Urban Development Strategic Advisor at the City of Joburg. Mhaga is known for her analytical, decisive leadership style, which fosters agile and creative workforces. She holds a Global Executive Development Programme (GEDP) from GIBS; a B.phil in Transport and Logistics and a B.Tech and National Diploma in Town and Regional Planning.

Mr. Lita Mbokotho


Mr. Lita Mbokotho is the founder and executive chairman of Tsori Capital, a corporate and project finance advisory firm. He also has interests in various companies ranging from Software development, Telecommunications, Food manufacturing etc.

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Prior to this, he held senior roles at the Development Bank of Southern Africa – including as the Executive Coordinator and Senior Investment Officer in the Office of the Executive Vice President. He is actively involved in various organisations and serves as a non-executive director. Lita Mbokotho is a member of the Institute of Directors South Africa. He holds a BCom in Financial Accounting from the University of Pretoria, a BCom Honours in Business Management specializing in Financial Management from the University of South Africa, and an MBA from the University of Manchester.

Dr. Ezra Ndwandwe


Dr. Ezra Ndwandwe founded Dual Point Consulting in 2003, specialising in management consulting services such as strategy development, business process re-engineering (BPR), change management, performance management systems, and leadership development.

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He brings extensive experience from roles at SABMiller, McKinsey and Company, Reckitt & Benckizer, and Unilever, including his previous position as Group Research, Strategy and Projects Executive at SABMiller. Ndwandwe holds a master’s in business leadership from the University of South Africa and a BSc from Wits University.

Rev. Solomuzi Mabuza


Rev. Solomuzi Mabuza has a distinguished record of advocacy and leadership. He notably served as the youngest Chairperson of the Board of Management at the Church Land Programme for six years.

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Mabuza represented the World Council of Churches at the Doha Global Civil Society and Doha Review Conference in 2008, held under the auspices of the United Nations.


Additionally, he led a delegation of young people from various African countries to Thailand for the World Alliance of Young Men’s Christian Association Transformational Youth Leadership Programme in 2008. Mabuza holds a Bachelor of Theology (Honours) from the University of Natal.


Following his appointment to the GPF board, he assumed a pivotal role within the Gauteng Ethics Advisory Council (GEAC). His responsibilities encompassed leading GEAC’s Work Stream 2, focusing on the intricate domains of Stakeholder Engagement and Events Management.


Concurrently, he garnered further recognition for his expertise, as he was selected by the MEC for Economic Development to serve as the Deputy Chairperson of the Gauteng Gambling Board.

Mr. Gilberto Martins


Mr. Gilberto Martins began his career in 1984 with the establishment of Gilberto Martins and Associates, an architecture and construction company. He has held several leadership positions in government departments, including Director of Physical Resource Planning and Infrastructure Development at the Gauteng Department of Education, Deputy Director General at the Gauteng Department of Public Roads, Transport and Works, and Chief Operations Officer at the Department of Transport and the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

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Martins is registered with the South African Council of Architects and the Institute of South African Architects. He received the Order of Merit from the President of Portugal for his contributions to South African communities. Martins holds a National Diploma in Architectural Technician, a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, a Diploma in Project Management, and a BA Honours in Politics, and is currently pursuing a Master in Law from the University of Cape Town.

Lindiwe Kwele


Lindiwe Kwele has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the GPF with effect from 5 January 2022.

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Lindiwe holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Wales.  Her MBA was preceded by a bachelor’s degree in Administration from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  Additionally, Kwele has completed a range of business and leadership programmes through several prestigious business schools.

She is a seasoned executive who can communicate effectively at all required strategic levels. Her wealth of experience has equipped her with the requisite competences in managing diverse and competing stakeholder expectations. Kwele’s leadership qualities ensure that she can direct both operations and strategic functions effectively. Her background has seen her successfully serving in several senior executive roles including that of Chief Executive Officer, Chief of Operations and Deputy City Manager.