Khwezi Tiya appointed as new Coega CEO


Coega appoints new chief executive to take the helm in early 2021.

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) board announced on 4 November that it had appointed Khwezi Tiya as its chief executive effective from January 2021.

Khwezi holds a BSc Civil Eng from the University of Natal, an MBA from Nyenrode Business Universiteit in the Netherlands, and an MSc Financial Management from SOAS, University of London, UK among other qualifications.

Former chief executive Pepi Silinga resigned in September to join the Transnet National Ports Authority of the CDC.

In a statement, CDC said that it searched for a suitable candidate lead the organisation in its quest to remain the most successful special economic zone in the country, as well as to steer it to its next level of success and recognition, as a force to be reckoned with in South Africa, throughout Africa and globally.

CDC said Khwezi brings experience, integrity and solid investment focus. “He brings with him a collective of all the attributes that the CDC requires from a leader to grow it to unimagined levels. His credible reputation as an acclaimed and empowering leader will undoubtedly benefit the interests of the shareholder.”

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