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Johan van Rooyen

LLB (Law)
Chief Operating Officer – Medscheme Holdings

Johan spent 22 years within the Discovery Group, starting in 1996 as Head of Provider Networks and Relations. In 2000 he was appointed Head of Vitality, reporting to Group Marketing Director.

He was involved with the launch of Vitality and transformed Vitality into an “intuitive, integrated and real-time Service”.

In 2003, he was appointed to Head of Group Service reporting to the Discovery Health Chief Executive Officer. He drove the business transformation by implementing the Discovery Service Model and serviced Discovery’s USA and UK health insurance and Vitality from Johannesburg. In 2005, Johan assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer, specializing in large scale transformation programs, designing and implementing the innovative “Discovery Science of Service” model of service operations management.

In 2010, Johan was appointed as General Manager, Ping An Health, Shanghai, PRC. Discovery owns a share in Ping An Health (a specialist health insurer). Johan was the Discovery appointed head of mission at the start of this venture and reported to the Chairman and CEO, Lu Min. He completed 2 of 3 years of his fixed contract, transferring Discovery’s health insurance IP and launching Vitality in China. He assisted with the establishment of AIA Vitality.

In 2012, Johan assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer, AIA Health Hong Kong. AIA Vitality was a joint venture between Discovery and AIA, created for the purpose of establishing Discovery’s Vitality program in AIA’s markets in Asia Pacific. Johan established this venture, building Vitality in 7 countries (Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Korea). At the end of the 3 year contract he left to be part of Discovery Bank venture.

In 2015, Johan was appointed Chief Design Officer of the Discovery Bank Project. He was a founding member of Discovery Bank. He designed almost all aspects of the digital and in particular, its service model and processes, reporting to Chief Executive Officer, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the bank.

Johan left the Discovery Group in 2018 to join Kaelo Group as Chief Executive Officer, while investigating various ventures and working on one specifically (an ethical, digital micro lender). He was approached by one of the co-founders to invest and lead in this SME to corporate status and prepare for a listing.

In June 2020, Johan was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Medscheme Holdings Pty Ltd.

Ahmed Banderker


Ahmed Banderker, a Chartered Accountant, completed his articles at Fisher Hoffman PKF. Thereafter, he joined Sail Group Ltd as Finance Manager. He then joined Shell in 2003.

He fulfilled various roles within Shell, which saw him leading a diverse team across different countries. In addition, he was also appointed as a board member and shareholder representative in Shell’s subsidiary companies in South Africa.

Ahmed was appointed to the Sanlam Group in November 2006 as Head of Finance at Glacier before taking on the role of Chief Executive: Strategic Business Development in 2011.

Dr. Nomalungelo Nyathi

Managing Executive: Clinical Risk and Advisory

Nomalungelo (Lungi) Nyathi qualified as a Medical Doctor in 2003. She has worked extensively as a medical practitioner, in the private as well as the public sector.

She originally joined Medscheme in 2010 and successfully led the GEMS Managed Care and Aid for Aids business units until 2015. Thereafter, Lungi has been providing strategic and clinical healthcare consulting to key role players in the health sector.

Lungi returned to Medscheme in June 2016 as an Executive Director specialising in Health Management. Lungi is responsible for the ongoing development and enhancement of the health risk management strategy, new products and solutions, clinical and health risk thought leadership, as well as public health strategy.

Sello Ernest Mmakau

(MBL, BCom, BA)
Group Chief Information Officer

Sello holds a Master’s of Business Leadership degree, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce degree’s with more than 16 years’ experience in the IT and ICT industry, in both the public and private sectors.

Sello brings much needed experience of expertise to the Group. Previously, he held a position of Chief Information Officer at Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and was Deputy Director General in Home Affairs.

Sello joined the AfroCentric Group Board in November 2016 as Non-Executive Director, where he was a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and ICT Steering Committee. In his new role, Sello will serve as Group Technology Director for AfroCentric Group.

Aklaaq Mahmood

(BAcc Sci, MBA)
Executive Director: Business Development

Aklaaq Mahmood has more than 18 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. Formerly, he was the Deputy CEO of LA Health Medical Scheme and Principal Officer of ProSano Medical Scheme.

An MBA graduate from the University of Stellenbosch where he received a highest achievement Merit Award for Strategy. Aklaaq began his career in healthcare serving as a trustee on the Board, Audit Committee and Pension Fund of Global Health Medical Scheme.

He has also been a member of various other committees and forums, including Chairperson of the Audit Committee, Risk Committee and Mayoral Performance Evaluation Panel for the City of Cape Town. Aklaaq Mahmood is the director for AfroCentric Group’s Business Development and chairperson of Medscheme Namibia. He is a director for a number of AfroCentric Group subsidiaries. Further responsibilities include the integration of new acquisitions into the Group.

Hannes Boonzaaier

Group Chief Financial Officer

Hannes Boonzaaier completed his articles with KPMG in 1999. During his tenure with KPMG, he gained experience in valuations, due diligence reviews and commercial structuring of business transactions.

He then joined Medscheme as a Financial Manager and over the past 12 years has been involved with Medscheme and the AfroCentric Group in various client operations.

His success in leading Group Finance along with his knowledge of the business culminated in his appointment as the AfroCentric Group Chief Financial Officer effective 1 August 2015.

Joe Madungandaba

Non-executive Director

Joe Madungandaba studied Commerce at the University of the North, Cranfield School of Management (UK) and at the Wharton Business School (USA).

He is a member of the Institute of Commercial and Financial Accountants of Southern Africa and is a certified public accountant and tax practitioner.

He is the Group CEO of Community Investment Holdings and is appointed on all its subsidiaries’ Boards. He is also a Non-executive Director of public listed companies Distell, Jasco and AfroCentric.

Nompumelelo Monyela

Executive Director: Human Capital and Transformation

Nompumelelo (Mpume) started her career in the 90s at Vehicle and Asset Financer WesBank, then joined the Gijima-AST Group as the Human Resources Director responsible for Transformation.

In the 2000s, Mpume spent six years of her illustrious career at De Beers Mines as Head of Human Resource Development and Organisational Design. She later rejoined Dimension Data (Plessey South Africa and International) as Human Resources Executive. After spending seven years at Plessey, she joined AFGRI Group as Human Resource Director.

She obtained her Bachelor Social Science from the University of Natal in 1991. She also holds a Diploma in Labour Law, a Senior Management Development Programme and an Executive Leadership Programme qualification from GIBS. Mpume is also a non-executive board member at Sunshine Bakery Holdings.
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