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Meet the team

The Board of Directors

Meet the people who make up our Finrite executive committee:

Bheki Shongwe

Executive Chairman and CEO

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Bheki Shongwe

Executive Chairman and CEO

Bheki Shongwe received a BA(Econ) degree from the University of Botswana and Swaziland, and an MBA in Strategy and Finance from the South Australian Institute of Technology, now known as the University of South Australia. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators (ACIS) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Business Management (FCIBM). He serves as a chairman and board member in various companies.

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Karin Matthews

Deputy Executive Chairman
Head of Business Development and Marketing

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Karin Matthews

Deputy Executive Chairman
Head of Business Development and Marketing

Karin Matthews has a senior certificate and 25 years’ worth of experience in the retail and insurance market. She is also one of the founding members of Finrite.

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Reuben Olifant

Non-Executive Director
Chairman: HR and Transformation Committee

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Reuben Olifant

Non-Executive Director
Chairman: HR and Transformation Committee

Bcom Law( University of Pretoria), LLB ( Unisa). Reuben is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

He has over 20 years of corporate and business experience which includes managerial and executive roles in listed companies such as Telkom. Reuben is a serial entrepreneur and he started and runs the Best Group of companies as its Founder and Executive Chairman. The Group focuses on Manufacturing, Financial Services, Property Management, Fleet Management, and Food Distribution.

Reuben is the Current Africa Region-­‐ Learning Officer for YPO and immediate pst Chairman of YPO Pretoria Chapter, Deputy Chairman of the Pretoria Business Chapter, Secretariat of Business Unity South Africa, and an active member of Invest Africa.

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Wessel van der Merwe

Non-Executive Director
Chairman: Audit and Risk Committee

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Wessel van der Merwe

Non-Executive Director
Chairman: Audit and Risk Committee

Before starting his own business in 1998, Wessel completed his articles and joined Gensec Investment Bank. He gained valuable experience in investment banking, deal structuring, private equity, and underwriting. During 1998 Wessel started a corporate finance business and built it into one of the biggest advisory businesses for small and medium companies in South Africa. Wessel was involved in more than 30 listings, various corporate finance transactions and private equity transactions and participated actively in more than 22 boards as a Designated Adviser or sponsor. Over the last ten years, Wessel held various positions in JSE Listed companies at board level from Chairman of Boards, Chairman of Audit Committees to Lead Independent Director. Wessel also holds various Directorships in privately-owned companies such as Finrite. Currently Wessel is the CEO of Reign Capital a Corporate Finance business and CEO of SA Madiba Investments an Investment Fund for small and medium companies focusing on growth and transformation opportunities.

Baccalaureus Commercii (Accounting), Baccalaureus Commercii cum Honoribus (Financial Management) & Baccalaureus Commercii cum Honoribus (Accounting).

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The EXCO Members

Tumisang Moduke

Head of Operations

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Tumisang Moduke

Head of Operations

Tumisang Moduke completed his IMM Marketing from Wits, a Leadership Amplified course from Stellenbosch University, and a Project Management certificate (IMM). He has six years worth of experience at FMCG (Coca Cola and SAB) in sales and marketing. He also has four years of experience at Telco (Cell C) in the sales and marketing division. Seven years were dedicated to gaining experience at Hollard Insurance in the sales, marketing, and general management division. He also worked as an Insurance Distribution Owner at the Maru Financial services.

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Angelene Smit

Head of Finance

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Angelene Smit

Head of Finance

Angelene Smit has a Bachelor of Accounting Science, SAICA Accounting Articles and 29 years’ worth of experience in financial management accounting.

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Basani Baloyi

Head of Human Capital

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Basani Baloyi

Head of Human Capital

Ms Baloyi has BAdmin and BAdmin Honours degrees in Industrial Psychology from the University of Durban-Westville (now the University of KwaZulu-Natal), a master's Diploma in HRM, a postgraduate diploma in Labour Law and a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Business Management from the University of Johannesburg. She has 27 years’ experience, of which 12 have been in human resources management and 15 at senior management level. She has spent her career at state-owned entities and government services.

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Ferdi van Zyl

Head of Sales

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Ferdi van Zyl

Head of Sales

Ferdi van Zyl has a National Diploma in Internal Auditing and 21 years’ worth of retail and insurance experience, with 18 of those years spent between Edcon and Hollard Joint Venture and then in the Cell Captive environment. He spent three years at Finrite and Key Individual, and five years gaining internal and computer auditing experience.

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Nobuhle Chamane

Channel Manager: Repairs

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Nobuhle Chamane

Channel Manager: Repairs

Nobuhle Chamane has qualifications in Management and Risk Management and has worked as a Project Manager and Coordinator, Financial Manager, and Security Risk Manager. With a passion for Community, Building Nobuhle has used her experience over the last 10 years in both the public and private sector to train and develop teams.

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Valerie Parker

Channel Manager: Retail

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Valerie Parker

Channel Manager: Retail

Valerie Parker has her matric, a certificate in accounting, and is studying towards her BCom. She worked at Telcos’ and retail Partners.

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Eunice Bayly

Channel Manager: Telcos’

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Eunice Bayly

Channel Manager: Telcos’

Eunice Bayly has a matric certificate, and RE5 and FAIS compliance. She worked for a year at Santam Insurance, Personal Lines New Business Department, and for 16 years at Aegis Insurance. She went on to Personal Lines underwriting, Head Office Underwriting – Group Schemes, Cellsure (Pty) Ltd for 22 Years as a manager in Vodacom Insurance.

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Nthabiseng Shongwe

Head of Corporate Communications

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Nthabiseng Shongwe

Head of Corporate Communications

With a background in philosophy and 10 years experience in the Marketing Communications, Content Creation, Strategy, and Operations Nthabiseng has developed and distributed people-centered stories and change-orientated messaging through various channels and platforms to close gaps between clients and customers intention and behaviour. She seeks to increase brand awareness and impact through research and storytelling using traditional, digital and social media marketing strategies. Nthabiseng believes in dialogue and engagement as a tool for transformative learning both in individual and macro environmental spaces.

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The Opsco Members

Aziz Khan

Sales Manager

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Aziz Khan

Sales Manager

Aziz Khan completed his matric, RE5, gained 30 FAIS credits, and has five years’ worth of administration and sales experience.

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Chris van Zyl

Human Capital Manager

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Chris van Zyl

Human resources manager and training

Chris van Zyl has a Baccalaureus Technologiae in Policing, ODETDP, and 26 years’ experience in human resources and training.

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Samantha Hartebees

Operations Manager: Retail

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Samantha Hartebees

Operations Manager: Retail

Samantha Hartebees has her senior certificate, RE5, Long Term Credit, Short Term Credit, and has gained nine years’ worth of operational experience with us at Finrite.

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Armand Briedenhann

Manager: Repairs