[South Africa] Hubert Jonas, Bajabulile Swazi appointed to MTN Group board
MTN Group has announced the appointment of Bajabulile Swazi Tshabalala, current Executive Director of consulting and investment holding company, Barbican Advisory Group and former Deputy Finance Minister of the Republic of South Africa, Mcebisi Hubert Jonas, to its Board as Independent Non-Executive Directors, effective 1 June 2018.
“I wish to extend a warm welcome to Swazi and Mcebisi. We are all excited to have them onboard. As we continue to steer our business into a new trajectory of execution excellence, I believe their arrival will further enrich the diversity and experience of the Board,” says Phuthuma Nhleko, Chairman of MTN Group.
Tshabalala and Jonas bring extensive board and senior management experience to their new roles, having served on numerous boards in the private and public sectors over many years.
Tshabalala holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Babcock School of Management, Wake Forest University, United States of America. She was part of the Oxford Fintech Programme.
She has over 20 years professional experience in finance, risk management, treasury and general management. Her experience was gained over a diverse range of institutions in State Owned Companies and the private sector, and a diversity of sectors, including transportation and logistics, infrastructure and financial services.
She also has extensive transaction experience in various African countries and globally. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Tiger Brands Limited and South African Airways. She was until recently, a Non-Executive Director of Standard Bank Group and the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Jonas holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from Vista University and a Higher Diploma in Education from Rhodes University. He served in the Government of South Africa as Deputy Finance Minister from 2014 to 2017.
Before his appointment to national government, Jonas played a key leadership role in the Eastern Cape. He served as a Member of the Executive Council (MEC) responsible for Finance, as well as Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism in the province. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC).
Other roles include as Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Investment and Marketing in the Eastern Cape, developing the investment promotion agenda for the province. He is also the former chairperson and Non-Executive Director of the Public Investment Corporation.
Jonas is currently one of four independent Presidential Investment Envoys, appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to attract investors to South Africa.