Mr Simphiwe Thobela – Chairman


Mr. Simphiwe Thobela is a Managing Director of NLKN Holdings, an entity that is focusing on skills development in various areas that include Leadership, Governance, Financial Management and Supply Chain Management in South Africa. He has 15 years of senior management experience in the Public Sector as well as experience in governance structures as he has served in the Board of a State Owned Company in the Eastern Cape since 2014 and currently is chairing the Finance and Investment Committee of ECDC, which is a Development Finance Institution.

Mr. Thobela has previously served in the Magwa Tea Estate Board, and other smaller Development Agency Boards based in the Eastern Cape. He has also served in the IlimaLethu Trust, which is focusing in the Skills Development in the Local Government.

Qualifications: B. Com Logistics – University of South Africa, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Management – Regenesys School of Public Administration; Master of Town and Regional Planning – University of KwaZulu-Natal. PhD Candidate at University of The Free State.