Douglas Cohen is the Acting CEO of the JDA
His vast experience cuts a diverse range of industries, private and public sectors, but specifically with a programmatic focus on local government and on urban development. Prior to his appointment at the JDA, Mr Cohen was the Specialist: Strategic Support in the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Unit at the National Treasury from 2013 to 2015, Specialist: Economic Development at the SALGA (National) from 2009 to 2012, a consultant in the private sector between 2007- 2009. Before that he worked as a Programme Consultant in the Sector Support Programme, Economic Development Unit , City of Joburg 2005 – 2007.
Mr. Cohen holds formal qualifications including: Architecture (BaS – Wits), Project Management (Unisa), Business Administration (MBA– GIBS), Economics and Public Finance (Unisa), Property Investment (Wits) and a Masters in Urban Studies at UJ.
Rodney Shirinda is Company Secretary for the JDA
Rodney Shirinda is the company secretary. His role is to ensure a smooth interface between the agency’s deliverables and the JDA Board’s mandate. He also eases the chief executive’s work load by providing legal advice where needed.
He has an LLB degree from the University of Pretoria and is completing his LLM Masters in Corporate Law. He is an admitted attorney of the High Court and worked for Werksmans Attorneys in Sandton from 2005 until 2007.
Before joining the JDA, he held positions at Global Forests Products and Safcol, and was a non-executive director at Komatiland Forests, Temba Timbers, Abacus, Mistlands, Kamhlabane Forestries, Singisi Forests Products, and Mountains to Oceans.
Chief Audit Executive
Zelda Tshabalala is the Chief Audit Executive at the JDA
Zelda Tshabalala is the Chief Audit Executive for JDA, her role is to ensure that the internal audit function of the JDA provides an independent, objective assurance and consulting services to add value and improve the organisations operations by evaluating the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. As a Chief Audit Executive her responsibility amongst others involves providing strategic leadership of the Internal used unit, reviewing and improving risk management process, strategies to embed risk management in an organization, evaluating the internal control environment and corporate governance structures, strategy implementation, organizational performance monitoring, business processes improvement for operational effectiveness and conducting probity audits on competitive bidding process in line with procurement legislation and regulations.
Mrs Tshabalala has occupied various positions in both the private and public sector. Her expertise is in the field of Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Management, Corporate Governance, Finance, Performance Evaluation and Monitoring; and Strategic Leadership. She holds various qualifications and certificates. Her formal qualifications include a Master of Business Administration degree (Gordon Institute of Business Science); a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Gordon Institute of Business Science); and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (University of Pretoria).
Acting Executive Manager: Marketing and Communication
Susan Monyai is the Acting Executive Manager: Marketing and Communication at the JDA
Susan Monyai heads up the Marketing and Communications Unit within the JDA. As a Marketing and Communications Practitioner she has over 10 years’ experience and has worked in the local government space for almost 15 years. Her experience lies in the management and coordination of strategic events; public relations/reputation management; brand positioning; brand application and advertising; media relations
Susan has an Honours Degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand and is to complete her Master of Management in Strategic Marketing to be completed with Wits Business School.
Executive Manager: Corporate Services
Boledi Seopela is the Executive Manager: Corporate Services at the JDA
Boledi is responsible for providing shared corporate support to all business units. She has extensive experience in people management, organisational design and capacity building. Prior to joining the JDA she was the Executive: Corporate Services at TEDA, Ms Seopela worked as the Head of Human Capital for Broadband Infraco (SOC), where she was in the first team that was appointed to establish the entity from inception to a fully operational organisation. She was with the entity for five (5) years and left footprints. She worked for City of Joburg where she was responsible for the entire human capital value chain and enhancing relations with labour and management. She started her career at National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in 1999 as an HR Practitioner and then promoted to Business Partner (HR Consultant). Ms Seopela has an MBL (UNISA-SBL), BA Social Sciences (UNIN), Post Graduate Diploma in HRM (UJ), Management Development Programme (UNISA-SBL) and Advanced Programme in Organisational Design (UNISA)
Chief Financial Officer
Sherylee Moonsamy is the Chief Financial Officer at the JDA
Sherylee is responsible for both the Finance and Supply Chain unit. She has over 12 years’ experience in corporate finance which includes 9 years in the public sector. Sherylee started her career while serving articles as at an audit firm and joined the JDA in 2009 as an Accountant. In 2012 she was promoted to Finance Manager and obtained her Chartered Accountant accreditation during this time. She led an integrated process to improve JDA’s financial, risk, procurement management and governance practices to shift the annual audit opinion from unqualified to clean. In 2016 she placed as the Acting CFO and in 2017 was officially appointed as the JDAs Chief Financial Officer. Sherylee has a Bcompt Honours degree and a Certificate in Financial Management for Municipal Executives (Wits Business School).
Executive Manager: Development Implementation
Manqoba Soni is the Executive Manager: Development Implementation at the JDA
Manqoba's experience by and large is in the construction environment where he has occupied various senior positions in both the private and public sector. Manqoba has worked for organizations the likes of Group Five, Total Facilities Management Company, Murray & Roberts, National Department of Public Works, Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development as well as the City of Johannesburg in construction management, construction project management, facilities management and infrastructure & property development positions.
Manqoba holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of South Africa, an MSc Built Environment: Project Management from Nelson Mandela University, a BSc (Hons) Construction Management from Free State University, a B-Tech in Construction Management from Tshwane University of Technology, a National Diploma in Building from Durban University of Technology as well as a Municipal Executive’s Financial Management programme from Witwatersrand University. He is also registered as a Professional Construction Manager (Pr CM) and as a Professional Construction Project Manager (Pr CPM) with the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) here in South Africa and as a Chartered Construction Manager (FCIOB) with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and as a Chartered Project Management Surveyor (FRICS) with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) both in the United Kingdom (UK).
Acting Executive Manager: Development Facilitation
Nicolette Pingo is the Acting Executive Manager: Development Facilitation
Nicolette Pingo is currently assisting with heading the Development Facilitation Unit at the JDA. She has experience in the non-profit, academic and local government sectors. Ms. Pingo has a Masters Degree in Development Planning from Wits University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Before joining the JDA she worked at the Institute for Wellbeing and Development at Wits University and before that at the Urban non-profit organization, Planact.