Billion Group means business in its BEE trail

The Billion Group has roped in four black professionals to beef up its team of property practitioners in a move that shows that Sisa Ngebulana means business in his talk of establishing a black controlled property giant.

In a statement released yesterday, the Billion Group which is  one of South Africa’s leading black-owned property developers and asset managers, said it has bolstered its capacity by appointing four new professionals to its management team.  These are Mande Ndema, Oratile Mosetlhi, Gaby Sithole, Zandile Ngebulana and Vongani Mbhokota.

Sisa Ngebulana, Rebosis chief executive and owner of Billion Group commented: “I am delighted to welcome (the four) to our management team.”

Guided by Ngebulana, The Billion Group has emerged into a premium property investment player and has spun out a multibillion rands JSE listed property portfolio known as Rebosis Property Fund. This translated into an encroachment of sort into a sector which remains to be largely dominated by white professionals. The mainstream property investment sector remains the least transformed sector of the economy.

In spinning out Rebosis last year, the Billion Group gave South Africa the first black controlled listed property fund. It also delivered the first black CEO in the listed property sector of the JSE, in form of Ngebulana who serves as Rebosis CEO.

The Billion Group created Rebosis out of a portfolio made of 60% retail property by value and 40% office buildings. The retail portfolio comprised of three shopping centers, a regional shopping centre, Hemingways Mall in East London,  Mdantsane City in Buffalo City (East London) and Bloed Street Mall  in Pretoria. When it listed Rebosis boasted a portfolio valued around R2bn and has been expanded to approach the R4bn mark.

In his latest annual CEO statement Ngebulana declared that “Our strategy is to grow our portfolio with high grade properties that are yield-enhancing, located in prime high demand areas and underpinned by quality tenants”.

Rebosis chairperson said Anna Mokgokong said “As a black-managed and substantially black-held PLS, Rebosis remains committed to continually enhancing B-BBEE. Focus will be on ensuring that any equity transactions are truly broad-based”.

This will clearly be supported by the latest appointment at Billion Group level. The profile of the new appointees is as follows:

Mande Ndema

He has held a number of senior positions during his career, most recently as Group Company Secretary at Real People. He was also Group Company Secretary at AVI Limited and a Senior BEE Compliance consultant at Sanlam limited.

An admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, Mande holds a Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Law (LLB) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Supply Chain Management all from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He also completed a Programme for Management Development at GIBS Business School. Apart from significant High Court litigation experience, Mande also gained significant understanding in both listed and non-listed environments on various codes of regulatory compliance including the King Code on Corporate Governance (King III) and the new Companies Act. He also advised various boards on matters of ethics and good governance on an ongoing basis as well guidance to the board on the discharge of their duties and responsibilities.

He now specialises in all aspects of corporate governance as a Company Secretary responsible for the flow of information to the board and its committees and ensuring compliance with board procedures, legislation and regulations. He will play a critical role in Billion Group’s growth strategy.

Oratile Refiloe Mosetlhi

Oratile Refiloe Mosetlhi was appointed on 1 May 2012 to the position of Commercial Asset Manager.

An admitted Advocate of the High Court, Mosetlhi holds an LLB degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. With over seven years’ worth of industry and asset management experience, Mosetlhi’s previous positions have included property manager and leasing consultant at City Property Administration, CBS Property Management and PIC Real Estate.

Gaby Sithole

Gaby Sithole was appointed to the position of Retail Asset Manager on 7 May 2012. Sithole holds a BCom (Acc) degree from RAU, a BCom Hons (Financial Management) from the University of Johannesburg and is completing his CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualification.

Sithole’s twelve years’ cross-sector industry experience includes working as portfolio manager, retail fund accountant and retail property manager for JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties Limited. He was also leasing administrator at JHI and spent time at SAB Miller as a commercial specialist.

Zandile Ngebulana

Zandile has been appointed to the position of Retail Development Manager from 23 May 2012. She is responsible for the continuous development of the company’s major assets and is expected to facilitate the continued growth of the company.

She has in excess of 16 years’ experience in the retail industry, from Store Manager to Regional Manager (Operations), of which the last 10 years was with TFG (The Foschini Group), formerly known as Foschini Group. Zandile’s experience includes many firsts including being the first black female manager at TFG and Unilever.

She holds diplomas in Business Administration, International Leadership Development, Strategic Leadership and Retail Management Development. Her appointment adds to the wealth of retail skills in this team.

Vongani Mbhokota

Vongani Mbhokota joined Billion Group on 1 July 2012 as Developments Manager. Mbhokota brings with him a wealth of both local and international experience, having worked as Developments Manager on prestigious projects in Zambia, Swaziland and Ghana. His experience is expected to enhance Billion Group’s ability to take advantage of future expansion opportunities across the African continent.

With a degree in Quantity Surveying from Pretoria Technikon and a Diploma in Asset Management from Damelin, Mbhokota is currently reading a Masters in Business Leadership degree from UNISA. He has over eleven years’ industry experience, including Senior Quantity Surveyor at Group Five, Developments Manager at Investec Property and Developments Manager for Liberty Properties.


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