the founder

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) is the largest Coca-Cola bottling partner in Africa, accounting for about 40% of all Coca-Cola volumes sold in Africa. The company’s South African operations trade as Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), which is the largest Coca-Cola bottler in South Africa. The Coca-Cola Company, has been investing in Africa for 90 years, since 1928, and is present in every African country, with over 70 000 employees across 145 bottling and canning facilities.

We are committed to the future of South Africa and its developing community. This forms part of our CCBA vision for sustainability and is expressed as:

  1. REFRESHED AFRICA (our supply chain): We sustainably source our key agricultural ingredients, complying with industry standards, where applicable; and 
  2. EMPOWERED AFRICA (our employees and communities): We locally source 80% of our inputs with clear indigenisation projects in place to develop local suppliers, and we improve commercial viability for small scale farmers who supply us. 
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establishment of the trust

The merger conditions that we have agreed with the Competition Commission are a reflection of our commitment. We have committed to set up a fund for the development of the agricultural value chain, particularly the support and training of historically disadvantaged developing farmers and historically disadvantaged or small suppliers of inputs for Appletiser SA and CCBSA products with a view to making them competitive and sustainable.

Our agricultural value chain includes grapes, lemons, oranges, litchis, mangos, peaches, apples, pears and guavas, all of which are consumed in our supply chain as juice or juice concentrate, and of course, sugar.

This fund is held in a Trust which supports qualifying beneficiaries with grants, loans, equity and quasi-equity, as well as training and development.

vision

Our vision is to see:

  • A transformed agricultural sector;
  • Enable the creation of economic access to markets for historically disadvantaged and developing farmers;
  • Creation of strategic partnerships where we work together with likeminded stakeholders to deliver tangible economic value;
  • Become the most valued partner in Agricultural Development and 
  • Ensure the sustainability of flourishing farmers and small suppliers of inputs. 

TRUSTEES

Our management board is made up of five Trustees, of whom the majority of independent. The board is structured to be made up of 80% black individuals, and 40% black women. The team brings with them a variety of skills and knowledge to guide the Foundation.

THABI NKOSI    Chairperson and Independent Trustee   Thabi Nkosi is an experienced agricultural economist and strategy advisor for AFGRI Group Holdings (AGH), a pan-African agribusiness investment holding company where, from February 2018 to May 2019, she served as Executive Director responsible for Group investments and business development. In her role at AGH, Thabi also represented the entity on various boards, serving as a non-executive director on the boards of AFGRI International, AFGRI Operations and GroCapital Holdings.  Prior to joining AGH, she was the Sector Investment Specialist for agribusiness at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), South Africa’s largest asset manager. At the PIC Thabi spearheaded the organisation’s agribusiness investment strategy with the aim of identifying investment opportunities and enhancing the performance of the organisation’s agribusiness investment portfolio.  Thabi has throughout her career, held several roles in the agricultural sector, including Lead Economist at Agri SA and National Market Manager at the South African Sugar Association. She also served as the Deputy Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Trade and Economic Policy of Business Unity South Africa and was a member of the Gauteng’s Premier’s Economic Advisory Panel.  She qualified, at the top of her class, as an agricultural economist at the University of Pretoria in 2007 and holds an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

THABI NKOSI

Chairperson and Independent Trustee

Thabi Nkosi is an experienced agricultural economist and strategy advisor for AFGRI Group Holdings (AGH), a pan-African agribusiness investment holding company where, from February 2018 to May 2019, she served as Executive Director responsible for Group investments and business development. In her role at AGH, Thabi also represented the entity on various boards, serving as a non-executive director on the boards of AFGRI International, AFGRI Operations and GroCapital Holdings.

Prior to joining AGH, she was the Sector Investment Specialist for agribusiness at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), South Africa’s largest asset manager. At the PIC Thabi spearheaded the organisation’s agribusiness investment strategy with the aim of identifying investment opportunities and enhancing the performance of the organisation’s agribusiness investment portfolio.

Thabi has throughout her career, held several roles in the agricultural sector, including Lead Economist at Agri SA and National Market Manager at the South African Sugar Association. She also served as the Deputy Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Trade and Economic Policy of Business Unity South Africa and was a member of the Gauteng’s Premier’s Economic Advisory Panel.

She qualified, at the top of her class, as an agricultural economist at the University of Pretoria in 2007 and holds an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

JOE MASWANGANYI    Independent Trustee   Joe Maswanganyi is the Director of Pathways Group, an investment holding company, with interests in property investments and business advisory services. Prior to that he was Group Executive Director: Strategy, Sustainability, and Corporate Services at Senwes Limited, an agribusiness company with responsibility for corporate strategy, human resources, sustainability, corporate marketing, stakeholder relations, and shared services. He has experience in commercial banking, strategy, human resources, sustainability, stakeholder relations, corporate social responsibility, ethics and reputation management, and brand management.  Joe haslectured part-time at Wits University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (now known as the Wits Graduate School of Governance) in strategic management, public finance and project management.  He has a passion for people as a significant capital for organisational success and sustainability and believes in personal and community development, especially in investing in young people to enable them to realise their full potential.  He holds a BCom degree in Industrial Psychology, Marketing and Finance, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, and an MBA in Banking and Corporate Finance, as well as a number of executive development certificates from a number of world class business schools. He is an excellent listener, mentor and coach, team player and leader, with an ability to relate with people at all levels of the organisation, from the shop floor to the Board room.

JOE MASWANGANYI

Independent Trustee

Joe Maswanganyi is the Director of Pathways Group, an investment holding company, with interests in property investments and business advisory services. Prior to that he was Group Executive Director: Strategy, Sustainability, and Corporate Services at Senwes Limited, an agribusiness company with responsibility for corporate strategy, human resources, sustainability, corporate marketing, stakeholder relations, and shared services. He has experience in commercial banking, strategy, human resources, sustainability, stakeholder relations, corporate social responsibility, ethics and reputation management, and brand management.

Joe haslectured part-time at Wits University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (now known as the Wits Graduate School of Governance) in strategic management, public finance and project management.

He has a passion for people as a significant capital for organisational success and sustainability and believes in personal and community development, especially in investing in young people to enable them to realise their full potential.

He holds a BCom degree in Industrial Psychology, Marketing and Finance, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, and an MBA in Banking and Corporate Finance, as well as a number of executive development certificates from a number of world class business schools. He is an excellent listener, mentor and coach, team player and leader, with an ability to relate with people at all levels of the organisation, from the shop floor to the Board room.

WALTER LEONHARDT    CCBSA Appointed Trustee   Prior to his appointment to CCBSA, Walter Leonhardt gained extensive experience in the beverage sector, having occupied key roles in both the beer and soft drinks divisions of SAB. With a strong background in finance and business support, as well an in-depth understanding of the industry, Walter brings exceptional skills and insight to his role as Financial Director at CCBSA.  His expertise has proven especially valuable in the context of challenging trading conditions in the past few years, where he led several large finance projects to optimise ABI's productivity, which vastly improved its systems. These included the centralisation and optimisation of ABI's finance structure as well as its credit model which delivered greater efficiencies and enhanced service to the business.  Walter is a professional who pays meticulous attention to detail as well as being a seasoned and knowledgeable analyst in his field. He is also passionate about environmental issues, both professionally and in his personal capacity.

WALTER LEONHARDT

CCBSA Appointed Trustee

Prior to his appointment to CCBSA, Walter Leonhardt gained extensive experience in the beverage sector, having occupied key roles in both the beer and soft drinks divisions of SAB. With a strong background in finance and business support, as well an in-depth understanding of the industry, Walter brings exceptional skills and insight to his role as Financial Director at CCBSA.

His expertise has proven especially valuable in the context of challenging trading conditions in the past few years, where he led several large finance projects to optimise ABI's productivity, which vastly improved its systems. These included the centralisation and optimisation of ABI's finance structure as well as its credit model which delivered greater efficiencies and enhanced service to the business.

Walter is a professional who pays meticulous attention to detail as well as being a seasoned and knowledgeable analyst in his field. He is also passionate about environmental issues, both professionally and in his personal capacity.

 
MATSHIDISO RAMOGASE    CCBSA Appointed Trustee   From February 2010 until her appointment to CCBSA, Tshidi Ramogase headed up ABI's Corporate Affairs team. She has worked for leading multinationals across both the mining and FMCG industries, including BHP Billiton, Unilever and SAB (Pty) Ltd. Her 20 year working career spans both Human Resources (12 years) and Corporate Affairs (8 years).  Having completed a social science degree at the University of Cape Town and having spent her full career in the area of humanities, she boasts very strong interpersonal relationship skills. Her time working in senior executive roles in HR has been the foundation of her strong ability to secure commitment and inspire others to deliver to their individual best potential. This has also contributed to her ability to lead and manage change while maintaining high levels of engagement.  In her current role and prior roles as both an Executive and Non-Executive Director on various boards and industry bodies, she has strengthened her ability to direct and lead business strategy and to conceptualise initiatives that enhance business reputation and support improved profits. She is a passionate, energetic and optimistic professional who is determined to succeed while developing others.

MATSHIDISO RAMOGASE

CCBSA Appointed Trustee

From February 2010 until her appointment to CCBSA, Tshidi Ramogase headed up ABI's Corporate Affairs team. She has worked for leading multinationals across both the mining and FMCG industries, including BHP Billiton, Unilever and SAB (Pty) Ltd. Her 20 year working career spans both Human Resources (12 years) and Corporate Affairs (8 years).

Having completed a social science degree at the University of Cape Town and having spent her full career in the area of humanities, she boasts very strong interpersonal relationship skills. Her time working in senior executive roles in HR has been the foundation of her strong ability to secure commitment and inspire others to deliver to their individual best potential. This has also contributed to her ability to lead and manage change while maintaining high levels of engagement.

In her current role and prior roles as both an Executive and Non-Executive Director on various boards and industry bodies, she has strengthened her ability to direct and lead business strategy and to conceptualise initiatives that enhance business reputation and support improved profits. She is a passionate, energetic and optimistic professional who is determined to succeed while developing others.

 

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

 
NOXOLO KAHLANA    CCBSA Mintirho Foundation Executive Manager   Prior to her appointment at CCBSA, Noxolo Kahlana was the Head of Business Development and Strategy for Energy House ZA. Her career started at Accenture in 2000, where she held the position of Business Analyst. Over the years, she advanced professionally and was appointed National Programme Manager at the Youth Development Trust, Senior CSI Consultant at Trialogue, Supply Chain Transformation Superintendent at BhP Billiton in Hotazel, Sustainability Manager at British American Tobacco (SA), and Head of Economic Development and Sustainability at Cennergi (an Independent Power Producer owned by Exxaro and Tata Power).  Noxolo is passionate about youth development, women empowerment, Africa’s sustainable development, authentic leadership, food security and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Smart Cities. To unwind, she loves reading, writing and travelling.  She holds a Masters in Business Administration from GIBS, Master of Arts in Social Development from Sussex UK and Bachelor of Commerce from Rhodes University.  The Executive Manager reports into the Board of Trustees.

NOXOLO KAHLANA

CCBSA Mintirho Foundation Executive Manager

Prior to her appointment at CCBSA, Noxolo Kahlana was the Head of Business Development and Strategy for Energy House ZA. Her career started at Accenture in 2000, where she held the position of Business Analyst. Over the years, she advanced professionally and was appointed National Programme Manager at the Youth Development Trust, Senior CSI Consultant at Trialogue, Supply Chain Transformation Superintendent at BhP Billiton in Hotazel, Sustainability Manager at British American Tobacco (SA), and Head of Economic Development and Sustainability at Cennergi (an Independent Power Producer owned by Exxaro and Tata Power).

Noxolo is passionate about youth development, women empowerment, Africa’s sustainable development, authentic leadership, food security and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Smart Cities. To unwind, she loves reading, writing and travelling.

She holds a Masters in Business Administration from GIBS, Master of Arts in Social Development from Sussex UK and Bachelor of Commerce from Rhodes University.

The Executive Manager reports into the Board of Trustees.