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Board of Directors

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Brian Van Rooyen

Chief Executive Officer

He holds a National Higher Diploma (Accounting), an Advanced Business Programme certificate and completed a SMME Development course in Cranefield London. He is a member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants.

Brian is an accountant with over 30 years of commercial experience gained nationally and internationally in a variety of industries. He completed a National Higher Diploma in 1988 and an advanced Business Programme in 1990. He also attended a SMME Development course in Cranfield London.

Brian holds a professional membership with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants.

Brian Van Rooyen is the Chief Executive Officer of Labat Africa Ltd, which he founded in 1995 with Victor Labat. The Group is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Mr Van Rooyen Has More than 30 years of business experience and ensuring this time he has served various positions in Industry including Directorships of SBDC, Italtile, Sqaure one Solutions, Africard, SAMES and SAFDICO.

He has been involved with high profile government assignments as projects director, amongst others the transformation of the Department of Public Works, the establishment of City Power, the transformation of the Department of Water Affairs and SAP implementation at Eskom.

Mr Van Rooyen has been actively involved in the establishment and advancement of new technologies and has been involved in numerous entities such as Chem City with SASOL.

Mr Van Rooyen, a former provincial rugby player, was instrumental in the unificationprocess of rugby in Gauteng that led to the unification of the sport nationally. He was a provincial rugby referee and held various positions including that of Deputy President and Acting President of the Golden Lions Rugby Union, President of the South African Rugby Union and executive member of the International Rugby Board. He also campaigned vigorously for the transformation of sport, specifically rugby, which saw him appointed as a commissioner of the South African Sports Commission. Mr Van Rooyen was also an executive member of the Confederation of African Rugby.

Mr Van Rooyen is an advocate for transformation and has chaired various NGO’s. He has been and remains, actively involved in various communities. He established the Eldoradopark Sports and Cultural Trust, served as chairman of the Ennerdale Town Council and was a councillor in the transition period in 1995

Mr Van Rooyen served as chairman of the Johannesburg(west) Audit Committee, The Department of Sports and Recreation Audit Committee, The South African Sports Commission Audit Committee and is a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants in South Africa.

He is a recipient of numerous awards, amongst them from the Sol Plaatjie Municipality as Kimberlite of the year.

Mr Van Rooyen served on the board of International Rugby Board Ltd as both director and Executive member. He was also a director of SANZAR Ltd, a public company registered in Australia and New Zealand. He served on the finance committee of the IRB Ltd in Ireland and is director of SAFDICO Botswana.

Prior to Founding Labat in 1995, Mr Van Rooyen was affectionately known as the “native that caused all the trouble” with his tireless quest for equal opportunities and transformation in Business and Society.


Ntebele Stephen Mogapi (“Tebogo”)

Chief Operating Officer

Tebogo obtained his certificates in professional advanced advertising and marketing management from the Damelin School of Management as well as post-graduate certificate in management programme from Henley UK – Graduate Institute of Management and Technology.

Tebogo has also completed a global executive development programme and global advancement programme from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (“GIBS”).

Tebogo started his career in television broadcasting with Bophuthatswana Television and soon thereafter moved to MTN South Africa as corporate sales manager in April 2000. Tebogo also worked with MTN Nigeria and MTN Swaziland as chief business sales officer.

In 2017 Tebogo joined Force Fuel Wholesale Distributors as their Chief Executive Officer. Tebogo will be the Chief Operating Officer of the Group going forward.


Gorden Walters

Financial Director

Gorden is an accountant and obtained a B Com (Accountancy) at the University of Western Cape and an Honours B Compt. at the University of South Africa.

Gorden has over 25 years of extensive experience with 15 years in the energy/power sector where he spent over nine years with a leading power utility company in Namibia as Group CFO for five years.

He joined Trustco as executive director in 2007 and was instrumental in the listing for Trustco on the JSE in 2009. In 2011 Gorden joined a newly established South African IPP where he headed up the M&A/project finance team, of which two large wind farms are fully operational.


David O’Neill

Executive Director

David is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of commercial experience gained internationally in a variety of industries both in the financial field and in general management.

Prior to joining Labat, David served as a Consulting Director for a large Management Consulting practice where he engaged in a variety of investigations and consulting assignments.

David qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1973, becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Charted Accountants of Ireland in 1983. He subsequently embarked on a successful career in Finance, General Management and Consulting. This experience has enabled him to acquire comprehensive knowledge and practice of the financial marketing and broad general management skills.


Rowena Majiedt

Independent Non-Executive Chairperson

A qualified Mathematics teacher, obtained her High Diploma in Education from the then Bellville College of Education and is currently studying towards a B. Com degree through the University of South Africa.


Beverley Anne Penny

Independent Non-Executive Director

Beverly is an admitted attorney and registered master tax practitioner. She obtained her BA Degree majoring in Law and Political Science at the University of Witwatersrand, B. Proc and LLB Degrees at UNISA as well a Higher Diploma in Tax Law at the University of Johannesburg. She brings wealth of legal and tax experience to the Board and Audit and Risk Committee.


Rustum Mohamed

Independent Non-Executive Director

Rustum has had over 30 years business experience as a director, Marketer and Business Development manager for a variety of prestigious organisations, including, Investment South Africa, Wesgro and The Eastern Cape Development Corporation.