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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

CA (SA)


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.
Avsharn Bachoo

Avsharn Bachoo

Group Technology Director


Avsharn Bachoo is a technology strategist with over two decades of experience as a chief information officer and chief technology officer.

He holds a PhD in systems architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Master's in information systems from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Bachelor of Science Honours at Unisa and a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Natal.
Shamanga iLunga

Shamanga iLunga

Executive Manager: ICT Operations


Shamanga is a multi-skilled leader with over 25 years experience and vast knowledge of telecommunications, information and communication technology (ICT) and technical acumen in the information technology multi-platform environments.

In the course of his career, Shamanga has amassed an impressive skills set comprising of network deployment & support, operations management, IT infrastructure delivery and IT business partnering specialising in change management, infrastructure operations (network), project management, IT operations and relationship management as well as technology domain strategy and product & services lifecycle management.

His work experience spans across organisations such as multinational telecommunications equipment supplier, Siemens Telecommunications, Cell C Pty Ltd. and three global financial institutions, namely Standard Bank Group Ltd., MMI Holdings Ltd. and FirstRand Group Ltd.

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

CA (SA)
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

(CPA (SA), MDP)
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.

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