SAA’s New Chair Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza –  For a long, long time we’ve all been talking about the financial misfortunes of the South African Airways (SAA) and how Dudu Myeni is the chief architect of SAA’s losses.

Almost everyone has been asking for Myeni’s removal as SAA’s Board Chairperson. Today, the Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba unveiled the new Board for SAA which saw the removal of Myeni as SAA Chair.

While the Minister announced that Mr Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza has joined the Board as the new Chairperson, and Ms Nolitha Fakude as the Deputy Chairperson and non-executive director, he detailed that Ms Dudu Miyeni, Ms Tryphosa Ramano, Mr Mzimkulu Malunga, Mr Siphile Buthelezi, Ms Nazmeera Moola, and Ms Gugu Sepamla are no longer members of the Board.

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The changes in SAA Board will be effected on 3rd November 2017 when the Minister will have a special meeting with the new Board.

As it has been severally expressed that it’s almost impossible to rescue SAA, it’s been wondered if the new SAA Chair would be able to turn things around for the airline. We all have to wait and see how he’d resurrect the airline and make it profitable. In the meantime, here are the things you should know about Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza.



1. He’s Founded Nkunzi Investment Holdings

Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza, affectionately known as “JB” in the business world, is the founder of Nkunzi Investment Holdings Limited, a private equity firm based in KwaZulu-Natal, with a branch office in Johannesburg. Magwaza’s company invests in established companies across Southern Africa.

Typically, Nkunzi Investment invests in companies with turnovers in excess of R100 million; with strong or positive cash-flow. It’s known that the firm doesn’t invest in companies operating in mining and property sectors.

2. He’s Led Several National And International Companies

Apart from being the founder and executive chairman of Nkunzi Investment Holdings, JB has served in different leadership positions for national and international companies.

Since 2012, he’s been serving as an independent non-executive chairman for Delta Property Fund Ltd. His professional details was well captured by Reuters:

“…Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Delta Property Fund Limited. Previous Chairman of Tongaat Hulett Limited, Hulamin Limited, KAP International Holdings Limited, Rainbow Chicken Limited, Motseng Investment Holdings Proprietary Limited, MPI Property Asset Management and various other non-listed entities.”

Being a Board representative, Board Chairman and Remuneration and Nomination Committee Chairman for various JSE-listed entities and non-listed entities, the international news agency thinks Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza has brought a wealth of fiduciary experience to the Delta Board.

3. JB Has Received Many Prestigious Awards

Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza has been severally honoured for his contributions to the business world. It is said that he has received eight prestigious awards.

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4. Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza’s Educational History

SAA’s new Chair is a veteran corporate executive. He’s acknowledged globally and admired for being the Director of many popular companies.

His executive profile would be inadequate if one fails to attach the following academic qualifications – BA, MA (Ind Rel), Dip (IR), Dip (PM) – to his name.

From what we gathered, JB grabbed his BA degree in Psychology and Social Anthropology from the University of Zululand. That was in 1966. 19 years later, in 1985, he bagged his MA degree in Industrial Relations from United Kingdom’s Warwick University. Disregarding those, JB has earned for himself a Diploma in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management. Also, he completed the Management Development Programme and Diplomas of the University of South Africa (UNISA).

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5. He’s Jacob Zuma’s Agemate 

Although we’re yet to confirm the details of Johannes Bhekumuzi’s birth, it’s known that he’s 75 years old. JB is JZ’s agemate. He was born in 1942.