Mahlengi Bhengu

Chairperson of GPF

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Sello Morero

Deputy Chairperson of GPF

With a strong background in public management, policy development and communication, Dada Morero, brings extensive qualities of leadership and a proven track record in administration and management.

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He has a post-graduate diploma in Public Management from the Wits Business School and a Master’s degree from the Regenesys Business School. He is currently enrolled for a post-graduate diploma in Public Management and Policy Development at the London University Business School.

Morero started his career in the public service in the South African Secret Service and also served at  the Department of Home Affairs where he was responsible for functions such as data collection, the preparation of dockets and the investigation of criminal syndicates.

In 2008 he was appointed Director: Customer Communications and Marketing in the City of Johannesburg. In this capacity he was responsible for the management of customer walk-in centres, media relations and the production of marketing material on behalf of the revenue department.

Morero was elected as Regional Secretary of the ANC in the Greater Johannesburg Region in 2011. His executive responsibilities include the monitoring and evaluation of branches and the political administration and management of the organisation.

Under his leadership the organisation conducts oversight on the ANC Caucus and Mayoral Committee in the City of Johannesburg and conducts special projects and election campaigns.

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.

Maseapo Kganedi


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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).

Keith Khoza


Keith Khoza is a former student activist and member of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS). It was during this period that he ended up in detention under state security laws. He’s participated in the hunger strike that led to mass releases in the late 1980s. He was active in the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), the African National Congress ( ANC) in Alexandra. He was part of the team tasked with finding peace during the violent turbulence soft the early 1990s. He participated in community defence structures.

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Before 1994 he trained as a journalist, did Diplomatic training in Tanzania and security science in Egypt. He worked as a communications officer in Cosatu before joining government in the North West in the Premier’s Office as head of the office, later as the spokesperson of the Premier and ultimately the Advisor to the Premier,  and later in Gauteng. He was admitted as an intern in the New York City Council and did leadership trading at the Wharton School of business. He was later admitted as a student at Liverpool University where he completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management as well as Masters Programme in Public Administration.


Following his service in government where he served as Deputy Director General, CEO of Geda and CEO Gauteng Liquor Board. He served on the Boards of Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, Gauteng Economic Development Agency (GEDA) and Gauteng Film Commission (GFC).


He joined the ANC as the national manager of communications and spokesperson before rejoining the Gauteng government as the DDG once more.


He is currently the Advisor and the Head of Office of the ANC Treasurer General.

Douglas Kutumela


As a student leader, grassroot activist and local government administrator, Douglas Adams Kutumela has, over three decades, gained extensive experience in issues affecting communities in South Africa.

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His community activism started while still at school and continued during his student days at Vista University where he graduated with a B Comm degree and served as the deputy regional chair of the South African Youth Congress.

He was municipal manager of the Moretele Local Municipality and served on the regional and provincial executives of the African National Congress in the North West. Kutumela is a former member of the North West Youth commission. He is currently studying towards a Master’s in Business Administration specialising in business analysis methods and the managerial role within an organisation.

His experience includes incident management, HR and logistics support and labour relations. As a municipal manager he was responsible for policy formulation, the development of integrated development plans, the execution of policy and the implementation of national and provincial legislation.

Kutumela is a good communicator with a wide range of skills in areas relating to negotiations, innovation, and project management. In his career he has gained experience in local government administration, as an implementer of policy and in the provision of counselling and mentorship in both the public sector and the business environment.

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.

Lindiwe Mthimunye

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A distinguished professional and industry leader, Lindiwe Mthimunye was first appointed to the Board of the Gauteng Partnership Fund in April 2016.

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Lindiwe is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in governance, finance, and business. During her career she has worked in investment banking and as a chief financial officer. She has served on the boards of some of South Africa’s most prominent listed and unlisted companies including Woolworths, Group 5, Sea Harvest, PetroSA and Hyundai Automotive South Africa.


She has BCom and MCom degrees, is a Chartered Accountant and obtained postgraduate diplomas in Accounting, and Tax Law.


In addition to her leadership position at the Gauteng Partnership Fund, Lindiwe also serves on the boards of major public companies, including Cell C, Metrofile Holdings, Sabvest and Massmart.

Abdullah Ismail

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Abdullah Ismail is a seasoned public sector leader and administrator with extensive experience in a range of departments within the Gauteng provincial government.  His financial management expertise are extremely beneficial to the Board of Trustees

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He matriculated from Lenasia Secondary School and later read for his B.Comm (Accounting) degree from the University of the Western Cape in 1997. He subsequently completed the Management Advanced Programme at the Wits Business School.


Mr. Ismail joined the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture, and Recreation as Chief Financial Officer in 2007 and later served as Chief Director: Corporate Finance in the Department of Education. In 2014 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.


Ismail currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements. In this position, he is responsible for the management of public funds in a department with wide responsibilities to deliver sustainable human settlements and affordable housing.

Karabo Mbele


Karabo Mbele is currently the CEO of Elton Charles Africa. She was appointed as a Board Member of the Gauteng Partnership Fund (GPF) with effect from 26 May 2021.

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Karabo has extensive consulting experience and expertise in business advisory and business risk services implementing such for international players namely, Barclays PLC and American Insurance Group (AIG). Her portfolio boosts a diverse client experience which varies from the private to public sector entities and international forums.

Karabo has also sat on a board as company secretariat of a renowned multinational mining company Kalahari Manganese.


Karabo Mbele’s qualifications are as follows:


  • LLB (University of East London)
  • Advanced Certificate in South African Company Law 1 & 2 (University of Witwatersrand)
  • Advanced certificate in Mediation & Conflict Resolution (University of Witwatersrand)
  • MBA (Gordon Institute of Business Science)

She is currently a PHD candidate with the School of Business Leadership, her thesis focuses on creating a taxation framework that formalizes informal entrepreneurs.

Craig J Cornish

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.