Mpho Makwana appointed Illovo SA Board chair


As of 1 December 2017, Makwana takes over from Gavin Dalgleish as Illovo Sugar South Africa chairman of the Board

Makwana said of his appointment:

“I have long admired the Illovo Group’s African business model and strongly endorse the common values shared throughout the group and, closer to home, its active support of the South African Government's social and economic development agenda. It will be an honour to become Chairman of Illovo SA, and I look forward to being a part of the delivery of its strategy for continuing to deliver on ambitious growth and diversification opportunities.”

Makwana has 30 years of diverse experience in executive and C-Suite roles in both the private and public sectors – most notable as Board Director and then Chairman of Eskom between 2002 and 2011, and as Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) in 2011. He currently serves on the boards of several JSE-listed companies, including Adcock Ingram, Nedbank Group, and Sephaku Holdings.

Dalgleish will be stepping down after four years in the role, to instead focus on his role as Group Managing Director of Illovo Sugar Africa. He said of Makwana’s appointment:

“We are thrilled to have Mpho join our South African Board. He brings with him an in-depth understanding of the potential of South Africa’s economic opportunities, as well as our social realities and the challenges they represent. I am confident that his very strong record in both managing and chairing private and public-sector organisations, coupled with a strong empathy with our ethos, culture and commitment to serving our communities through the creation of shared value, makes him the ideal Board Chairman for our company. I look forward to working with him as our business transforms and continues to grow in South Africa.”

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