Meet our
Board of Directors

Our executive team is supported by a highly reputable and experienced board of directors, chaired by Dr Vukile Mehana. The board works closely with the executive team on all issues of strategy, performance, resources and standards of conduct, either directly or through its committees.

Dr Vukile Charles Mehana

Executive Chairman and Board Member since 2013

Dr Vukile Mehana was appointed as the Executive Chairman in July 2021. Prior to that he held the position of Chief Executive Officer from March 2019 until June 2021 and Non Executive Chairman of the Board from 2013 to 2019.

He started his business career in the Human Resource and Organisational Transformation and progressed to strategic positions including acting CEO of a major Parastatal, Director on boards of listed and unlisted Companies and Chairman of a number of Companies.

Dr Mehana holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from the Rhodes University, Advanced Management Programme from INSEAD Business School in France, a Top Management Program Certificate on Public Enterprises from the National University of Singapore, a Masters in Business Administration from De Montfort University in the UK and a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Johannesburg.

Altus Stoop

Executive Director and Board Member since July 2021

Altus is a strong leader and goal-directed professional with broad- and in-depth experience within the finance and business environment. He is a highly numerate, strategic and analytical thinker with strong logical reasoning, able to make effective decisions under pressure, and builds solid relationships with clients.

In 2014 Altus joined Sizwe Africa IT Group where he implemented and enforced internal controls, corporate governance, and revised finance procedures that led to greater efficiency and cost saving within the group. His in-depth understanding of the business and operations led to greater quality supply chain, better expenditure control and ROI efficiency.

Altus holds a Master’s in Business Administration, an Honours Degree in Financial Accounting and a Bachelor’s of Commerce in Financial Accounting. He qualified as a Certified Professional Accountant (SAIPA) in 2012.

Howard Plaatjes

Non-Executive Director and Board member since May 2019

Mr Howard Plaatjes is the Chief Executive Officer for AYO and Non-Executive Director of Sizwe Africa IT Group.

He is a senior transformation and business performance turnaround executive for over 25 years with experience in Southern Africa and a strong network of contacts within the region

After serving articles at KPMG, he has been the MD, CEO, COO and CFO of companies in a variety of business sectors at various lifecycle stages -Start-up, survival, stabilisation, growth and maturity. He is accustomed to reporting to international holding companies including the US, UK, Ireland, Japan and Spain.

He has held various executive roles in several sectors including technology, telecommunication, retail, financial services, media, FMCG, and oil and gas.

Vanessa Govender

Non-Executive Director and Board member since May 2019

Non-Executive Director and Board member since May 2019. Vanessa is the corporate affairs director at AYO responsible for corporate affairs, human resources, regulatory compliance, corporate social investment and group communication.

She has executive management experience in business operations, human resources and corporate services. She has been involved in business operations aligning strategic plans to create synergies across various business units, while focusing on talent, retention and development.

Ms. Govenders’s strengths lie in talent management and acquisition, employee relations, leadership, learning and growth as well as HR information systems. She brings to this portfolio her specialist learning and growth expertise with excellent employee relations hereby creating value for the Group in aligning strategic HR and Corporate Affairs.

Ayanda Nolwazi Mafu

Non-Executive Director and Board member since May 2019

Non-Executive Director since July 2020. Ms Mafu joined Mustek Limited Group in 2014 to lead and establish the Internal Audit Department.

She has a breadth of experience gained from various senior internal auditor roles held in a range of industries, locally and internationally. Ms Mafu has also held a role as Financial Manager.

She brings to the board considerable competence in business development, project management, financial management, risk management, people management and multi-currency grant portfolio management. Her high level advisory expertise in governance, risk and compliance is instrumental in supporting leadership teams.

Ms Mafu holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and a Certification in Control Self-Assessment from the Institute of Internal Auditors. At NOSA she attended a specialised course in Strategic Risk Planning and obtained Certificates in ISO9001: 2015 Introduction, ISO9001: 2015 QMS Implementation and ISO9001: 2015 Internal Auditor. She is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice at Henley Business School - Africa.

Isaiah Tatenda Bundo

Non-Executive Director and Board member since May 2019

Mr Tatenda Bundo is the Chief Financial officer at AYO Technology Solutions Limited. He has extensive experience in financial management, risk management, corporate finance and operations review, ICT, procurement, systems review and also dealing with JSE regulations. Mr Bundo contributes greatly to the efficiency and accuracy of financial reporting as well as systems and operations reviews.

Mr Bundo holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from the University of Cape Town and is a qualified chartered accountant with over 9 years of commercial experience.