Tiego Moseneke is the Executive Chairman of Encha Group Limited and the co-founded New Platinum Corporation (Pty) Ltd and serves as its Executive Chairman.
Moseneke has served as deputy chairman and director of NKWE Platinum Ltd; Diamond Trading Company, a De Beers subsidiary company, Siemens Limited, Moseneke and Partners, Lonrho Mining to name a few companies where he has lent his leadership skills.
He has also served as director and member of the Council of the institute of Medical Research and the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand, respectively. He was the president of the Wits Black Student Society (BSS) in 1983.
Firoz Cachalia is a Professor in the Wits School of Law. An admitted attorney, he is also completing his LLM at Wits, adding to his extensive list of impressive qualifications.
No stranger to Wits – he was once a vibrant student activist at Wits, Cachalia holds a BA degree, a BA (Hons) degree, an LLB and a Higher Diploma in Company Law from Wits University. A talented individual, Cachalia also received a first class pass for his LLM qualification from the University of Michigan in 1996.
Prior to 1994, Cachalia made an active contribution to the opposition movement to apartheid, to the transition to democracy and subsequently to the consolidation of democratic institutions. He has held various leadership positions in the opposition movement and played a leading role in Codesa I and Codesa II and worked with the committee that drafted the first versions of the Constitutional Principles.
He has held several key posts in the public and private sector, more recently as the Head of the Planning Commission in the Gauteng Provincial Government, and prior to that as the MEC for Economic Development. Between 2004 and 2009 he served as the MEC for Community Safety and as a leader of government business.
Cachalia has held several positions in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature between 1994 and 2004 – he has served as the Leader of the House, it’s Speaker and has chaired the Rules Committee and the Petitions Committee.
He also worked for a law firm, then Bell Dewar and Hall for two years and as a researcher in the Centre for Applied Legal Studies in the early 90s.
Cachalia has served in numerous leadership roles over the decades, including as a Council Member of Wits University from 2004 to 2006. He continues to serve on the Mahatma Gandhi Trust and the Ahmed Kathrada Trust. He is widely published and continues to play a significant role within Wits and society.
Dr Kenneth Creamer teaches macroeconomics at the School of Economic and Business Sciences at Wits University and has research interests in macroeconomic theory and fiscal and monetary policy.
He was SRC President at Wits in 1991/2. He is currently on the Management Committee of SASSFE as he believes it is time for student leaders from various generations to work together in solidarity in order to improve access to quality higher education for more people in South Africa.
He also works as CEO of Creamer Media, publisher of Engineering News, Mining Weekly, Polity.org.za and Research Channel Africa.
Linda Vilakazi is a visiting associate lecturer at Wits University. She was the first black female Wits SRC president in 1992/3. She has served as a member of Wits Executive Committee of Convocation, and a member of the Wits Council.
Her world view is driven by the need to contribute to social justice for all. She was the chief executive officer of BRIDGE, a non-governmental organisation.
Vilakazi is also a non-executive director of the Telkom Foundation; Chair of Thebe Foundation, Chair of the JMBusha Investment Company and previously a trustee to the Alex Education Council, Sacred Heart College, Centre for Education Policy Development, and Chair of African Bank Trust.
In the last two decades she served on various Ministerial Task Teams. She was named a Top Graduate among five teacher colleges and received a UNIFEM Future Leaders Award.
She holds a Wits Bachelor for Primary Education degree and is an Aspen Global Leadership Fellow having graduated from the eighth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa. She is a Rotarian and past president of the Rotary club of Johannesburg.
Terry Tselane is the Vice-Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of South Africa.
He spent the first years of his professional career in education, and soon went on to work with the Consultative Business Movement created by business to assist South African businesses with their own transformation.
His leadership skills were recognised during the struggle years as a student activist where he served in various committees such as president of the Black Students Society at the University of the Witwatersrand, Vice-President of the Executive Committee of the Convocation and later as a member of the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand.
With the establishment of the Electoral Commission (IEC) in 1997, he was appointed Provincial Electoral Officer for Gauteng. As head of the IEC Office in Gauteng he was instrumental in the registration of 4.8 million voters.
He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Gauteng Tourism from 2002 to 2006. Whilst at Gauteng Tourism Authority, he managed to transform Gauteng into a world class tourism destination surpassing all destinations in South Africa with tourism arrivals.
Tselane served as the IEC Commissioner since 2004 and was reappointed in 2011 for another term of 7 years. He is currently occupying the position of vice-chairperson of the Electoral Commission of South Africa.
Moss Mashishi – BBA LLB (Wits University)
Moss Mashishi is the founder and the Executive Chairman of Matemeku Group (Pty) Ltd. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the following: Moribo Leisure (Pty) Ltd, South African Tourism and the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development.
He currently chairs the Board of One & Only Cape Town (Pty) Ltd, the Governance & Assurance and the Investment Committees of De Beers (South Africa). He is a non-executive director in Ponahalo, a 26% shareholder in De Beers Mining SA and various other Matemeku Investee companies.
On the sporting front he was involved in South African Sports for over 20 years and later became the president of the South African Confederation & Olympic Committee (SASCOC), a position he held until 2009. He is a recipient of the following awards: 2000/2001 FEDHASA Leadership Award, 2002 Tribute Business Leadership Award and 2003 IPM Presidential Leadership Award.
He earned his BBA LLB from Wits University and played a key role in sports at Wits as president of the Wits South African Tertiary Institutions Sports Council (1988).
Tebogo Thothela began his leadership path after being elected as the chairperson of the South African Student Congress (SASCO) Wits branch (2011). In September of the same year he was elected onto the Wits SRC and served as its president for the year 2012 whilst pursuing a BCOm law degree.
In October 2015 he was appointed to sit in President Jacob Zuma's 13 member “Presidential task team on short-term student funding”, which was chaired by the Director General in the Presidency and delivered its report to the President in December 2015. Thothela is currently pursuing postgraduate studies at Wits.
Thotela facilitated the establishment of an education NGO called “Shine in the dark” with a group of other students to address the issues of access, success and redress in higher education. He represented the City of Johannesburg and South Africa as a delegate to the prestigious One Young World annual global conference in 2013, which he now serves as one of its global youth ambassadors.
He is a former provincial deputy secretary of SASCO in Gauteng and he has served as an advisory board member of an NGO called, African Youth Secretariat (AYS). Thothela is currently pursuing postgraduate studies at Wits and continues advancing social justice in various capacities.