Board of directors
BAdmin (Honours), Post-Grad Dip (Retailing Management)
Mpho has more than 25 years of experience working in South Africa’s public and private sectors and brings with him a unique view of South Africa’s potential to be a world leader in various sectors, including transport.
He is currently the independent non-executive chairman of ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited and also serves as an independent non-executive director on the boards of various JSE-listed companies, including Adcock Ingram Holdings LTD, Nedbank Group Ltd and Sephaku Holdings Limited.
He serves as chairman of the advisory boards of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, Epitome Investments (Pty) Ltd and the Boardroom Alliance (Pty) Ltd.
Mr Makwana volunteers as a member of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Fund’s fund-raising committee and is a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. He is also one of 14 trustees of Brand SA.
Sonja De Bruyn Sebotsa
LLB Hons, London School of Economics; MA Business and Economic Policy, McGill University, Montreal; Securities and Funding Authority (UK); Executive Programme (Harvard Kennedy School)
Sonja has considerable experience in the areas of finance, business and the empowerment of women in South Africa. She is the co-founder and principle shareholder of Identity Partners, an investor in established and growing businesses and an advisor to government and corporate clients, with a dedicated fund to finance black youth and women entrepreneurs.
She currently sits on the boards of RMBH/RMI, Discovery Group and Remgro (previously Anglo American Platinum), Mr Price Group and the National Empowerment Fund.
During the course of her 18-year career, Sonja has been recognised by the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals, the Black Management Forum and the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
"We are determined to offer South Africa the best of our technology and expertise through Gibela, and we are convinced that our trains will establish a high standard of quality to serve passengers."
Yvan Eriau, Managing Director, Alstom Transport South Africa