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Group management

Thanaseelan Gobalsamy (Seelan) [photo]

Seelan Gobalsamy

Chartered Accountant (SA) AMP (Harvard)
Chief Executive Officer
Appointment date:
10 September 2018 - Board
Board Committee membership
Social, ethics and risk committee
Significant directorships
Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited, Momentum Metropolitan Life Limited
Number of non-significant directorships

Skills and expertise: Finance, business management, strategy, mergers and acquisitions.

Experience:He is an accomplished, internationally experienced business leader, from the financial services sector. He has assumed senior leadership roles across Emerging Markets for close to 20 years including key leadership roles as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director. He served as Chief Executive of Emerging Markets for Liberty Holdings and previously the Group Chief Executive of STANLIB Group.

Prior to this he was Managing Director of Old Mutual Corporate.

Stephan Serfontein [photo]

Stephan Serfontein

Chartered Accountant (SA)
Group Finance Director
Date of appointment:
1 March 2020 - Board

Skills and expertise:
Finance, business management, strategy.

He has been with Omnia Group for 8 years and successfully served as interim Financial Director since August 2019. He began his career at Deloitte Consulting and has 17 years of international finance experience in the manufacturing, chemicals, mining and agriculture industries. He has served on several boards, both locally and internationally, in an executive and non-executive capacity.

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Michelle Nana

LLB, FCIS, BA (Industrial Psychology and Sociology), Certified Director of the Institute of Directors South Africa
Group Company Secretary
Appointment date
1 July 2018

Experience:28 years in Company Secretarial and Corporate Governance, in both JSE-listed and unlisted companies. Sectors include telecommunications and construction.

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Ralf Hennecke

Mining Engineer, MBA
BME’s Managing Director SADC, and Interim Managing Director
Appointment date
1 August 2021

Experience:Ralf is a mining engineer with years of production experience in the mines of South Africa. He joined Omnia in 1995 with a key technical role in explosives and has been a member of BME’s executive committee since 2001. He leads a range of functions within BME, including Global blasting science, underground business, product management, and marketing and branding. He also heads up the company’s activities in global software development and technology, and global AXXIS Electronic Development and marketing. Ralf plays a role in Global Corporate Development and Strategy as well as commercial delegation of authority and is a director of several of BME’s African business entities.

Mandla Mpofu [photo]

Mandla Mpofu

Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership, MBA, a Bachelor of Commerce Honours (B-Com Hons) and a Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators (CIS).
Managing Director: SADC, Omnia Agriculture
Appointment date
1 July 2021

Experience: Mandla joined the Omnia Group in June 2021, after spending 10 years at AFGRI, an agricultural services and processing company with a focus on grain commodities, in various roles and most recently as their CEO of AFGRI International. He has extensive experience in both the agriculture and mining sectors. At Omnia he is responsible for the Agricultural portfolio across core SADC markets, including Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe as well as satellite markets including Eswatini, the DRC, Malawi, Namibia and Angola.

Tiaan Kotze [photo]

Tiaan Kotzé

Chartered Accountant (SA)
Chief Operating Officer
Appointment date
1 February 2022

Skills and expertise: Finance, business management

Experience: Tiaan has extensive experience in general management including start-ups, turnarounds and group holding companies. Entities where Tiaan has held executive positions include Old Mutual SA, PSG Group, Liberty. Tiaan is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He completed his articles at Arthur Andersen and also spent a few years at their London Office. Tiaan's last position was CEO of Liberty's Corporate division, having successfully steered operations through the impact of COVID-19.

Simphiwe Mdluli  [photo]

Simphiwe Mdluli

Executive: Legal and Compliance
Appointment date
1 May 2022

Skills and expertise: Finance, business management, legal, risk, compliance

Experience: Simphiwe was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa at the beginning of 2005. His previous experience includes Chief Compliance and Legal Officer responsible for overall compliance and legal management for Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited and all its subsidiaries (domestic and international). Prior to that he was the Regional Executive Director accountable for all of STANLIB’s businesses in East Africa and the Executive Head of Legal, Risk and Compliance at STANLIB responsible for Rest of Africa businesses. Simphiwe is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand for masters and other post-graduate students.

Jacque De Villiers [photo]

Jacques de Villiers

B.Eng (Mechanical)
Head of supply chain
Appointment date
1 June 2017

Experience: Jacques joined Omnia in 2001 as a mechanical engineer in Sasolburg. He was later transferred to Rustenburg to serve as Technical Manager on the phosphoric acid plant. In 2006, he joined the Omnia Group Projects team and acted as Project Manager for the construction of the nitrates complex at Sasolburg. In 2015 he was appointed as General Manager: Supply Chain for Fertilizer.

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Francois Visagie

M.Eng (Chem), B. Com Economics, CFA level 2
MD of Manufacturing
Appointment date
1 April 2018

Experience: Francois completed a master’s degree in chemical engineering in 1994 at the University of Pretoria and started at Sasol Holdings in 1995, working in various roles in Sasol Technologies. Joined Omnia in 2002 as Production Manager and later Technical Manager. Appointed as Operations Manager at Süd-Chemie Sasol Catalysts (Pty) Ltd in 2005. Joined Omnia in 2007 as Project Manager and then moved in 2009 into various business development positions in Protea Chemicals and Omnia Fertilizers, before being promoted to Group Executive: Business Initiatives in 2018 and subsequently to MD of Manufacturing in 2020.

Khabo Ramoupi [photo]

Michael Smith

BSc (Chem Eng); MBA
Managing director: Protea Chemicals and Protea Mining Chemicals
Appointment date
1 April 2016

Experience: Michael has in excess of 25 years experience in the petrochemical and mining industries in a variety of technical, sales, marketing and management positions. He joined Protea Mining Chemicals in 2006 and held the position of commercial director until his promotion to managing director in 2016.


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