Alumni Events

Hosted by Mr Njombo Lekula, Ms Nomathemba Mhlanga and Dr Jako Volschenk

Facilitated by the Alumni Association Gauteng Chapter

Globally, companies are battling with balancing profits and doing what is right by society. Yet, it is common that employees blame corporate culture and corporate peer pressure for acting in ways that would be considered unethical, immoral, or illegal.

At the same time, when companies genuinely strive to be good corporate citizens, they fail because of employees that battle with social cues in these organisations. Corporate environmental initiatives rely on employees that buy into such initiatives.

Our research shows that employees weigh personal, organisational and social costs and benefits against each other when thinking about participating in such initiatives.

Book now to join Mr Njombo Lekula, Ms Nomathemba Mhlanga and Dr Jako Volschenk as they explore the battle to increase sustainability practices within organisations, and how risk assessment and ESG can be leveraged innovatively towards blended finance solutions.

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Date:                  Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Time:                17:00 – 19:00 (CAT | GMT+2)

Venue:               Online

Enquiries:         Lizelle Kannemeyer | [email protected]

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Mr Njombo Lekula

Managing Director: RSA and Botswana at PPC

Njombo Lekula is PPC’s Managing Director for RSA and Botswana, a Group Executive Member in the organisation and a former member of the board of directors in the various international businesses that PPC held majority shares in, across Africa, namely PPC Zimbabwe, Cimerwa (Rwanda), Habesha (Ethiopia) and PPC Barnet (Chairman of the BOARD – DRC). By virtue, he is also an affiliate member of the Cement and Concrete South Africa (CCSA), as well as the Institute of Directors South Africa (IoDSA). Notably, in 2015 Njombo received international acclaim when he was recognised by the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce, as Chief Executive Officer of the year.

Njombo has held several leadership roles within PPC, across various divisions, notably as the former MD of the International, and MD of Zimbabwe. During his tenor, of over 30 years he has developed a wealth of experience in cement manufacturing and executive management within the building and construction industry. He has strong experience in plant optimisation, production planning, cost control and budgeting. Njombo also has extensive experience in the management of multi-million-dollar projects, including the construction of PPC’s $82 million dollar milling factory in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Njombo is a natural leader who has led in different functions within the organisation and has developed some of the most formidable teams at PPC. He is an enthusiast of transforming businesses and operations, with clear and defined strategies which enables the creation of value for all stakeholders. In his current role as MD for RSA & Botswana his main objective is to oversee and provide strategic guidance and direction to the PPC Cement and Materials divisions. His areas of focus are delivering business growth and profitability which includes exploiting strategic synergies and exploring various alternative fuels and energy projects in the region.

Njombo has great vehemence for business leadership and is a firm believer in mentorship and coaching, as he is passionate about the development of young talent. He is an inspiration for many in the industry as he is always striving for perfection and excellence. He firmly believes that there is no room for mediocrity, in business and success is defined by the high standards one sets for ones-self, which results in the achievement of personal and organisational goals.

Njombo is a qualified Chemical Engineer and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Stellenbosch.

Ms Nomathemba Mhlanga

Managing Director: Circular Climate Solutions (Pty) Ltd (Lesotho)

Nomathemba Mhlanga is the Managing Director of Circular Climate Solutions (Pty) Ltd, a Lesotho based company focused on Climate risk mitigation and Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) strategies. She is a Sustainability, Climate Risk and Development Finance Professional with over 16 years’ experience, having worked as a Sustainability Consultant, in the multilateral space and more recently within supply chain and logistics.  She is thus well versed on the topic of climate change, environmental compliance, Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) issues, sustainable supply chains, circular economy, sustainable development and development finance.

Nomathemba is a strategist, well versed in incorporating climate issues and quantifying risks for corporate strategy, strategic planning and strategic marketing of organisations. A keen advocate of climate change, Nomathemba has worked within the Southern African region on seeking solutions that are aligned towards a just transition and low carbon economy.  Nomathemba understands that to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) by 2030, as well as the Paris Agreement to remain below 2 degrees and to achieve the 1.5 degrees, finance will be critical. As such, she has used her second Masters Degree in Development Finance to delve into Sustainable Finance in order to capitalise on financing mechanisms that can drive climate mitigation and adaptation and deliver long-term value creation for investors through Environmental, Social and Governance principles.

In her most recent capacity, Nomathemba has served as a Senior Manager overseeing India, Middle East, Turkey and Africa (IMETA) for a global supply chain and logistics company called CHEP.  Prior to the abovementioned role, Nomathemba worked as a Development Finance Practitioner for the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) under the Making Access Possible (MAP) Programme.  This appointment involved a focus on ensuring evidence-based diagnostics on the supply and demand of financial services in Less Developed Countries (LDCs) for the purposes of enabling financial inclusion globally. Under the UNCDF, Nomathemba worked within a number of Asian and African countries to advance access to financial services. Within the programming countries, she worked with Mobile Network Operators such as Vodacom on how digital and mobile financial services could assist in advancing financial inclusion at the bottom of the pyramid.

 

Nomathemba holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Management from UCT and another in Development Finance from Stellenbosch Business University. She also holds a Management Advanced Programme Diploma from Wits Business School. She is also an Accredited Green Star SA Professional with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), Certified by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to compile sustainability reports and is registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) as a Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat (4/171/11).  Her qualifications diversify her environmental and social management expertise by increasing her awareness of the economic, financial, political and social factors affecting development and business management in South Africa and the broader African region.

Dr Jako Volschenk

Programme Head: MBA at Stellenbosch Business School

Dr Jako Volschenk’s research focuses on how business can create a better world, specifically from a multistakeholder value creation perspective.

Jako consults ‒ and has published ‒ in the areas of strategy, environmental sustainability, and energy policy. Most of his consulting work focuses on strategy but using sustainability as virtuous instigator. By helping companies to position themselves within the grand challenges posed by the Sustainable Development Goals, helps them to find new opportunities, while also attracting the best talent.

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