Our People

Alternative Prosperity is a people centered business.

We appoint people with skill, productivity and purpose – and cherish their uniqueness and diversity. We create an environment in which people can develop expertise, independent thinking and live as whole individuals.

Alternative Prosperity adheres to proper governance structures as is appropriate for our business. The ethos of the organisation is however to embrace new thinking in our organisational structure. One of the examples is a flat role based structure, as opposed to a hierarchical structure. This allows for self-managed teams to flourish within the culture underscored by our collective values.

In all of this we are guided by our values.

 

Anton van Geest

Hons. B. Compt., Professional Accountant (SA)
Role Description

Technical expert for Alternative Prosperity on B-BBEE. 10+ years experience in various roles in BEE.

Career Progression

Accountant / BEE verification manager / BEE specialist advisor

Anton van Geest, Head of Transformation at Alternative Prosperity (Pty) Ltd, specialises in BEE strategy and development to a broad range of clients across various industries. Acnton has been involved in the BEE verification – and consulting industry since 2006 in various roles after which he joined Quants Management Consulting (now Alternative Prosperity (Pty) Ltd) in 2012. A Professional Accountant (SA), he graduated in 1995 at the University of Free State with an Honours B. Compt. degree.

He obtained a qualification in Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Management Development Programme at UNISA during 2012, as well as several postgraduate qualifications in advanced taxation and other fields. After finalising his Articles at a national firm of auditors, he was appointed as audit- and tax manager in various accounting firms in South Africa and the United Kingdom and was later appointed as partner of an audit and accounting practice until 2011.

Dependable, Detailed, Technical
Barenice Lecheko

N Dip. OMT, HC: ODETDP
Role Description

Administration: ED, SED, CE, BBOS, Disabled Learnerships, Stakeholder Engagement (Foundations and NPOs). +4 years experience in B-BBEE and Non-Profit Organisation engagement, +5 years HR/Training and Development experience.

Career Progression

CSI Advisor / HR Officer / Secondary SDF / Training Co-ordinator

Barenice specialises in advising and administration around corporate social investment issues. She is also involved in engaging stakeholders on clients’ behalf. Barenice has previously worked as Training Co-ordinator and HR Officer in government departments.

Positive, Pioneering, Content
Cecilia Bjerborn Murai

BSc, MSc
Role Description

Managing Director Kenya operations. Bespoke sustainability business, stakeholder engagement and responsible investment strategies. 20 years experience in sustainability consulting.

Career Progression

Environmental Engineer / International Sustainability Consultant & Sustainable Investment Advisor / Sustainability Strategist

Pioneering. Creative. Doer.
 
Christiaan v/d Merwe

CA(SA), CFA
Role Description

Responsible for the overarching strategy of Alternative Prosperity Holdings. Industry representative through the Association of BEE Professionals. 10+ years’ experience in transforming organisations.

Career Progression

Auditor / Valuation specialist / Management Consultant / BEE verification manager / BEE specialist / Transformation Strategist

In addition to fulfilling the function of MD, Christiaan is a B-BBEE consultant specialising in aspects relating to the Ownership element of B-BBEE. Christiaan currently serves on the DTI joint technical committee, representing the NABC (National Association of BEE Consultants). He specialised in company valuations working in PwC’s valuation division as an assistant manager.

Detailed, Problem Solver
Ciska Kruger

B.IUR, LLB, LLM, MSSM
Role Description

Bespoke, sustainability and shared value business strategies. Branding and marketing and social & ethics governance. 15+ years’ international business experience.

Career Progression

Attorney: RSA, NY / Environmental Law / Management Consultant / C-suite Executive / Sustainability & Creating Shared Value Strategist

Ciska completed a LLM in International & Comparative Law focused on Environmental Law at Georgetown UV Law Centre (Washington DC). She completed her masters in Sustainability Management at Columbia University (New York). Ciska is admitted as an attorney in both South Africa and New York. She spent most of her professional career in senior management positions and as a management consultant focused on Sustainability, Environmental and Energy related strategies.

Contemplative, Compassionate, Explorer
Clarisa Oosthuizen

BCompt
Role Description

BEE data analysis, verification assistance and compliance. 5+ years’ experience in BEE compliance and data analysis

Career Progression

Accountant / BEE data analyst, compliance and strategies. She specialises in data analysis and calculations for BEE scorecards. She was previously employed as an accountant at Gerryts Hartman Uys Incorporated (2006) and Tenk Loubser Incorporated (2008). In 2011 she joined Alternative Prosperity’s BEE team.

Organised, Detailed, Passionate
 
Dawie Malan

ACMA, CGMA
Role Description

Responsible for the overarching management of the Alternative Prosperity Group’s finances. Ownership Analyst and Researcher. 10+ year business experience in financial and business management.

Career Progression

Management Accountant / Tax Practitioner / Financial Director

Dawie heads the finance department and is a qualified GCMA (Global Chartered Management Accountant) and holds an Honours Degree in Management Accounting from the University of Stellenbosch. He previously acted as a management accountant for The Spier Group (2004-2007) and was director of MalanFourie Financial Services who specialised in accounting and taxation.

Trustworthy, Detailed, Punctual
Delene Taute

BAcc, MPhil
Role Description

JSE listed company analysis, company ownership structures, ESG research, responsible investment, company valuations.

Career Progression

Sustainability Specialist / ESG Analyst / Bookkeeper / Researcher

Delene specialises in corporate sustainability and responsible investment. She is also involved in ownership structuring projects. She completed both her Bachelor’s degree in Financial Accounting in 2012 and her MPhil in Sustainable Development specialising in Responsible Investment in 2015 at Stellenbosch University. She is currently studying towards becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

Determined, Reliable, Dedicated
Elias Masilela

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BA Social Science, MSc Economics
Career Progression

Elias Masilela is a Director of DNA Economics, until recently a Board Member of the UN Global Compact and Commissioner on the First National Planning Commission of South Africa. Elias is also a Director on the Multichoice Board South Africa as well as that of the South African Savings Institute; a founder member of the Financial Sector Charter Council; and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria. Previously, Elias was the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Investment Commission (PIC) – the largest asset manager in Africa – and a Director of the South African Reserve Bank as well as the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF). He has also held senior positions with Sanlam, the Central Bank of Swaziland and was the Deputy Director General for Economic Policy at the South African National Treasury.

Elias holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences (Economics and Statistics) from the University of Swaziland and a Master of Sciences in Economic Policy and Analysis from the Addis Ababa University. He has lectured at a number of academic institutions and has written widely on the subject of economic policy. He is also the author of an award-winning book – “Number 43 Trelawney Park; kwaMagogo” – on the activities of the ANC in Swaziland.

 
Erosha Govender

B.Eng (Chemical); PDBM (UKZN)
Role Description

Responsible for ensuring effective execution of the business strategy through the client facing team; Bespoke Transformation Strategy; BBBEE Specialist.

Career Progression

Process Engineer / Project Manager / Community Development Specialist / BBBEE Specialist / Transformation Manager / Transformation Strategist / Operations Management

Erosha, has held various positions within the BHP Billiton Group, most recently as Transformation Manager of the Manganese division where she was responsible for accelerating BBBEE and Transformation, external stakeholder engagement and internal and external communications. Erosha has extensive experience in the mining, metals and manufacturing sectors, which includes process optimization, project management, community development and socio-economic transformation within the South African context.

Johan Giliomee

B.COM (HONS), MBA
Role Description

Transformation Strategy Specialist.

Career Progression

10+ years’ experience as BEE Verification Manager / Entrepreneurial Development / Agricultural Transformation / BEE Strategy Development

As a BEE Specialist, Johan has extensive experience in the transformation arena since 2004 when he started a career in BEE verification. Previous positions included senior verification manager at AQRate signing off on all the larger and listed clients, and transformation manager at VinPro where he assisted the wine industry to transform. These roles assisted him to gain critical insight into the transformation challenges faced by SA businesses. Johan obtained an MBA degree from the Stellenbosch Business School

Lister Saungweme

B.Com (Hons.),BPubAdmin (Hons.), BBBEE MDP, EEP
Role Description

Responsible for BEE technical analysis, scorecard calculations and transformation advisory. BBBEEE specialist. BEE Technical committee

Career Progression

Marketer/BBBEE Analyst/Auditor/BEE Verification Manager/Quality Manager/Researcher/BBB-EE Specialist/Transformation Advisor/Strategist.

Lister Saungweme is an Experienced B-BBEE specialist having filled various senior B-BBEE and transformation positions including SANAS Technical signatory/verification/Quality manager, Senior Ratings analyst for one of the leading verification agencies and has done 1000s of audits, reviews and transformation advisory in all sectors. She has experience working with clients from all industries, ICT, Financial Services, Construction, Tourism, Agriculture, Forestry and Generic clients. She has handled Ownership ,CSI (socio economic development) and enterprise development project analysis for Listed and large unlisted companies. Currently Lister is a member of the Alternative Prosperity Technical committee. She is responsible for the calculation, review/quality assurance and deep analysis of client data and scorecards. Her role also involves high level BBB-EE advisory, training , transformation strategy development and implementation support amongst her other responsibilities.

Problem-solver. Analytical. Visionary
 
Malefase Madiba

BA (Communications), Project Management Diploma, B-BBEE Management Development Programme
Role Description

Advising clients, developing and implementing strategies on all B-BBEE pillars. Development and maintenance of B-BBEE scores.

Career Progression

B-BBEE Verification Analyst / Advisor / Technical Assessor / SANAS Technical Signatory

Malefase has six years experience in BEE verification and was the technical signatory for the SASDA Rating Agency. Malefase also worked for the BEE regulator SANAS, before joining Alternative Prosperity as BEE specialist.

Conversant, Communicator, Effective
Melanie Jordaan

BA Development & Environment & BA Hons Sociology
Role Description

B-BBEE verification assistance and compliance. B-BBEE and ESG data analysis. Transformation strategy development.

Career Progression

Verification Analyst / ESG Researcher / B-BBEE Compliance & Strategies

Melanie has been involved in BEE verification since 2014. Prior to her work in BEE, she was involved in the compliance side of environmental authorisation processes. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Development and Environment in 2011 and her BA Honours in Sociology in 2012 at Stellenbosch University. She is currently studying towards her MPhil in Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University.

Team Player, Pragmatic, Adaptable
Nomnikelo Mhlauli

Role Description

Operations assistants work with operations managers and other personnel to help keep businesses running smoothly and clerical/ administrative duties are not limited.

Career Progression

Office manager / HR / Client Relations

Nomnikelo is the Personal Assistant to the Managing Director and responsible for general office administration. She is also the first friendly voice you hear when you contact Alternative Prosperity. Nomnikelo joined the Alternative Prosperity Team in 2013.

 
Ntandoyenkosi Mabaso

BCom(Management Accounting)
Role Description

Fulfil a support function in Finance, the AP communicator and General administration.

Career Progression

Debtors Admin Clerk / Accounts Clerk / Bookkeeper / Accountant

Believer, Visionary, Self-starter
Peter O’Hanlon

BSc, HND Elec Eng, EMDP, SEM
Role Description

Technology Strategy and Provision; Business Support.

Career Progression

Weapons Electrical Engineer (SA Navy, Reutech Radar Systems) / IT Company Owner / Systems Engineer / Programme and Project Manager / Compliance Project Manager / Software Development Director / BEE Specialist

Peter’s previous employment includes that of Program Manager at Reutech Radar Systems and TOSMS, Software Development Manager at Old Mutual and Director of Software Development at Ixchange. Peter is a qualified engineer with vast project management and systems experience.

Predict, Plan, Assist.
Rudolph Fourie

CA (SA), MdevF
Role Description

Crafting transformation and ESG strategies. Delivery of multi-stakeholder developmental projects. Director responsible for business and people development.

Career Progression

Financial Manager; Development Finance Lecturer / Researchers; ESG and Transformation Strategist

Rudolph heads the sustainability and responsible investment division. His post article experience, completed at KPMG, involved employment with Sasol where he worked on its global natural gas projects from 2003 to 2007. Rudolph was then appointed as lecturer and researcher at Stellenbosch University after which he joined the Alternative Prosperity team.

 
Sophia Nyokabi

Business Management
Role Description

Responsible for managing and executing APROS administrative tasks, safe keeping of office petty cash. managing the filing, storage and security of documents. Meeting and Event planning.

Administrative Officer / Executive Assistant / Office Manager

Passionate, Determined, Empathetic
Trevor Chandler

B-Compt Hons
Role Description

Enterprise and Supplier Development, Socio Economic Development, Consumer Education, Access and Broad-based Ownership Schemes. +5 years experience in B-BBEE.

Career Progression

Auditor / BEE Professional. Trevor is a leading expert on Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) with more than 20 years’ experience in assurance, finance, risk management and corporate governance related professions. Trevor currently represents the Association for Savings & Investment South Africa (ASISA) on the Financial Sector Charter Council Board, which is the body that oversees BEE in the financial sector. He is also an active member of the CRISA committee which drafted the CRISA code which defines responsible investment standards for application by pension funds, asset managers and other role players in the investment value chain.

Trevor also contributed to the development of the 2007 Generic Codes BEE ownership provisions through his leadership of a Life Offices Association (LOA) task group formed for this purpose. The contribution of this task group to the development of the DTI codes was formally recognized by the previous Minister of Trade and Industry.

Wanjiru Kirima

B.Econ
Career Progression

Wanjiru has over 20 year’s expertise in Pensions. She started her career in the UK at Mercer as an investment consultant and has significant global experience as an asset owner. She is a specialist on governance, private equity, strategy and investments. Wanjiru has worked for Global Shell as Global Trustee Support and FirstRand Bank as Group Principal Officer. Wanjiru is a passionate promoter of integration of Sustainable Investment with a particular focus on Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) issues in relation to Pension Funds. She is the Chairperson of the Southern Africa Committee “Sustainable Returns” an industry wide committee (representing 20 Southern African industry organisations) which has the objective to provide a practical tool-kit for Pension Funds to integrate sustainable investment principles.

 
Zani Malan

CA(SA)
Role Description

ED, SED, CE, Access and Ownership Schemes. +5 years experience in B-BBEE.

Career Progression

Auditor / BEE Professional

Zani specialises in advising and research for companies and non-profit organisations around compliance, governance and sustainability. Zani is a CA(SA) with specialised skills in the New Companies Act with regards to Non Profit Companies. She previously worked for Tenk Loubser Inc. as audit manager.

Positive, Rational, Loyal