Member of the Board of directors
Nationality: South African
Year of birth: 1952
Dr Simelane has been a member of the Board of directors since 2004. She qualifies as a non-executive director and is a member of the SES committee. Her areas of expertise include economics and finance, audit, risk, compliance, law, governance and general business.
Dr Simelane obtained her PhD in Economics at the University of Connecticut in the USA in February 1994 and her LLB from the University of South Africa in 2010.
Dr Simelane commenced her career at the University of Swaziland as a lecturer in economics. Between 1998 and 2001 she worked at the National Department of Trade and Industry and the National Treasury. After that she served in the capacity of Special Adviser: Economics, to the then Premier of Mpumalanga until mid-2004, when she assumed the position of Chief Executive of Ubuntu-Botho Investments (UBI), Sanlam’s empowerment partner, until 2016. While she remains an executive director at UBI, she also serves as a non-executive director on the board of African Rainbow Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of UBI. Dr Simelane’s other board directorships include African Rainbow Minerals, where she is also the chairperson of the Social and Ethics committee and a member of the Audit, Risk, Nominations and the Non-executive Directors committees. She also sits on the boards of African Rainbow Energy and Power and Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club. Through the latter, Dr Simelane was elected onto the executive committee of the Premier Soccer League in 2016. A CIDA Scholarship Recipient and a Fulbright Fellow, Dr Simelane also served as a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel under former President Mbeki until 2009.