The JDA counts lawyers, engineers, negotiators, accountants and civil society stalwarts among its leaders. Meet the illustrious team behind the JDA’s continued success in its mission to build a world-class Johannesburg.

Non-Executive Directors

Date Of Birth: 31 October 1951

Service with JDA:  25 February 2014 to date

Qualifications:  BCom, Effective Directors Programme, Governance, Housing Finance, Finance

Experience:  Mr Coovadia is the managing director of the Banking Association of South Africa. Before this, he was the executive trustee of the Community Bank (a low-income banking initiative), accountant for the UDF, coordinator of ATP NGO, senior audit manager at Freedman Scher (Auditors), office administrator for the Transvaal Indian Congress (part-time) and partner at Moolajee Coovadia and Company (an accounting practice).

Other previously held positions include publicity secretary for ACTSTOP Civic Organisation, secretary-general of the Civic Associations of JHB, director of the Central Johannesburg Partnership and chairperson of the Johannesburg Civic Theatre.

Other boards on which the individual serves:  National Business Initiative, Centre of Development Enterprise, Trust for Urban Housing Finance, African Union for Housing Finance, International Union for Housing Finance, Council of Wits University, FinMark Trust.

Date Of Birth: 14 May 1974

Service with JDA:  25 February 2014 to date

Qualifications:  CA (SA), BCom and Honours

Experience:  Mr Govender is a director at Mally Govender and Associates. Key areas of strength include: Business planning, Strategic planning, Accounting-related services, Clean up of accounting systems – fixed asset registers, reconciliations, systems, and other areas, Clean up of audit report and management letter findings.

In a commercial environment, he was a senior executive serving as the chief financial officer of SuperSport International (Pty) Ltd and has been part of the MultiChoice SA Group for more than five years. In addition to the operational financial management of SuperSport and strategic financial guidance to the senior executive team, he has been a non-executive director of Natal Sharks (Pty) Ltd, Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd, KZN Dolphins (Pty) Ltd, Titans Cricket (Pty) Ltd, Eastern Titans (Pty) Ltd and SuperSport United FC (Pty) Ltd.

Mr Govender’s public-sector experience includes five years at the Auditor-General, where he was involved in the statutory audit of various national and provincial departments, municipalities, statutory bodies and public entities. Having completed his articles at the Auditor-General in 2001, Mr Govender was offered a consulting position at KPMG on the strength of his public-sector experience. He was involved in various consulting projects at executive level.

Other boards on which the individual serves: None

Date Of Birth: 18 July 1970

Service with JDA:  1 October 2008 to date

Qualifications:  B Proc, LLB

Experience:  Mr Masilo is an attorney with nine years’ practical experience specialising in commercial law, criminal law, labour law, and trusts among others. He started his career with Norton Lambrianos Incorporated, a law firm specialising in debt collection for various major banks in the country. He is a partner at R Masilo Attorneys, a law firm specialising in labour relations matters, commercial and criminal litigations. He has been a board member of Bertha Gxowa Hospital, in Germiston, for the past six years.

Other boards on which the individual serves:  Bertha Gxowa Hospital, Ekurhuleni Development Company, MAXALEX Property Development, MAXALEX Property Investment.

Date Of Birth: 9 May 1976

Service with JDA:  October 2014 to date

Qualifications:  BSc (QS), MSc (QS), MRICS

Experience:  Panos Zagaretos is an Executive Director at Tenurey and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (“RICS”). He served as a Senior Manager: Investments at the Public Investment Corporation Property Division, heading the Investments Division. He was instrumental in developing, implementing and managing the property investment strategy of the Government Employees Pension Fund. He headed the team that acquired properties to a value in excess of ZAR23 billion most notably, the acquisitions of the V&A Waterfront and Pareto in 2011. Panos was also responsible for the development of a number of retail and commercial properties nationally and internationally. He has served on the Board of Directors of various property companies in his capacity as a shareholder representative. Panos specializes in strategic advisory, mergers and acquisitions, asset management and development management.

Other boards on which the individual serves:  None

Date Of Birth: 4th April, 1955

Service with JDA:  Nil

Qualifications:  PrTech (Eng) Civil, BCom. Economics (Honours)

Experience:  28 years’ experience as a Consulting Engineer specializing in structures.
20 years’ experience in the Public sector as a Cllr, Member of a Provincial Legislature and Member of Parliament. 12 of which as the Shadow Minister for Human Settlements.

Other boards on which the individual serves:  Currently – none
Past – Member of Ministerial Enquiry: Human Settlements

Date Of Birth: 8 January 1974

Service with JDA:  March 2017 to date


PhD, University of Warwick, UK

MA, University of Stellenbosch

BA, University of Cape Town

Experience:  17 years working experience (Public Service/Government, Think-Tanks, Academia, and Private Sector Advisory; 2 years Board experience.

Professional expertise: International Relations, Governance, Leadership, Ethics

Other boards on which the individual serves:  Earn International Pty Ltd, Youth Development Institute of South Africa

Date Of Birth: 10 July 1977

Service with JDA:  [Non-Executive Director] 16 March 2017 to date


PhD International Studies (University of Cambridge)

MSc Politics of the World Economy (London School of Economics)

MA and BA (Honours) International Studies (University of Stellenbosch)

BA Political Science (University of Port Elizabeth)

Experience:  Dr Ngwenya is currently the Chief Strategy Officer of Ntsele Global, a black-owned diversified investment company. She is the outgoing Project Director of the Global Economic Governance Africa programme.  She was previously the Chief Director for African Economic Integration at the National Treasury, where she represented South Africa at key continental multilateral economic institutions such as the African Development Bank, the African Development Fund, the International Monetary Fund’s Afritac-South Steering Committee, the Southern African Customs Union’s Finance and Audit Committee and meetings of SADC Senior Officials.  She was previously Director: Global Development Policy, where she headed National Treasury’s BRICS desk.  In this role, she oversaw the formulation of South Africa’s negotiating position at the New Development Bank and was part of the South African delegation to the inaugural negotiations of the NDB.  She has also headed the South African Institute of International Affairs’ (SAIIA) South African Foreign Policy and African Drivers programme, served at the South African Secret Service and lectured at the University of South Africa.

Other boards on which the individual serves:  None

Date Of Birth: 04 January 1976

Service with JDA:  Board member


Master’s degree

Political Sciences

Experience: 14 years in various (mainly research/academic) institutions. I also worked in The Presidency as a speechwriter.

Other boards on which the individual serves:  Centre for Progressive Ideas

Independent Audit Committee Members

Date Of Birth: 11 June 1975

Service with JDA:  3 February 2015 to date

Qualifications:  BCom and Honours (Accounting), CTA, CA (SA)



Financial accounting

Financial management, cost management and investment Management

Other boards on which the individual serves:  

Audit Committee Member: Department of Public Enterprise
Finance and Remuneration Committee Member: Bank Seta

Date Of Birth: 29 June 1980

Service with JDA:  15 March 2016 to date

Qualifications:  CIS Qualification (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators


Other boards on which the individual serves: None

Date Of Birth: 14 June 1974

Service with JDA:  25 February 2014 to date

Qualifications:  CA (SA), MCom (Finance)

Experience:  Mr Samsam is currently a consultant in the private and public sector specialising in finance and risk management. He has held finance and risk management positions at Absa Bank, Standard Bank, Eskom Enterprises (Pty) Ltd and De Beers Consolidated Mines.

Other boards on which the individual serves: Johannesburg Water, Sizwe Medical Fund, Samsam Trading, Previously served on Joburg and Roodepoort Theatres.