Amatola Water Appoints Lefadi Makibinyane As New CEO

FEBRUARY 5, 2015

Amatola Water has appointed Lefadi Makibinyane as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective February 02, 2015. Makibinyane joins Amatola Water from the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), where he most recently served as CEO. He succeeds the water utility’s current Interim CEO, Mzimkulu Msiwa, who has held the position for over two years.

Makibinyane is an accomplished Engineer and executive, having worked in various leadership positions in both public and corporate institutions, including the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality; Fieldstone Africa; Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC), the South African Breweries (SAB), and SASOL, among others.

He holds an Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, in the United Kingdom, a post Graduate Certificate in Project Management as well as Masters in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa’s School of Business Leadership, in Pretoria. He also serves as a non-executive director on the Boards of Rand Water, the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and the Gauteng Partnership Fund.

Amatola Water’s Board Chairwoman, Nothemba Mlonzi has said that the appointment of Makibinyane comes at a very crucial time when the utility is faced with a myriad of growth opportunities.

As CEO of Amatola Water, Makibinyane will drive the utility’s 20 year strategy, which is currently in its second year of implementation and play a key role in steering the water board as it strengthens its role on water services delivery in the Eastern Cape.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr Lefadi Makibinyane to the Amatola Water family at this exciting point in the growth of the organisation. His invaluable technical experience, business acumen and deep understanding of the water sector, make him a great candidate to carry through the organisation’s mandate,” added Mlonzi.

“I am excited and look forward to making a contribution to a dynamic organisation such as Amatola Water, that provides such an essential service and making a huge difference in the Eastern Cape Province, said Makibinyane.

“As the Board of Amatola Water, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank our out-going CEO, Mr Msiwa for his sterling service, guidance and significant achievements during his term. He is leaving behind an organisation that is well-positioned for continued growth and to deliver on comprehensive bulk water and sanitation services.”

“We are confident that Mr Makibinyane will build on the great strides made by Mr Msiwa in taking Amatola Water forward,” Mlonzi concluded.