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Our Management Team

Management Overview
VEGA's medium term goal is to become a leading company in Southern Africa in each of the businesses we operate. We think global and act local, remaining sensitive and responsive to national and local issues; efficient and able to capture the benefits of scale; organized in a way that streamlines decision making; and striving always to be the 'preferred development partner' in the markets and communities where we operate.

We have a board of directors and an experienced senior management team who form the basis of our executive committee.

Our senior management structure is based on the five business areas we operate in.

The Board

James Chimpelo - Executive Chairman
jamesJames Chimpelo is an entrepreneurial executive with over 23 years experience 14 of which at senior management level. He has a "Big 4" Engineering Consulting background, and a strong "hybrid" skills-set encompassing leadership of technical/engineering assignments and program management, to Project Finance, Marketing and Business Development.

In his career to date, James has performed senior management functions which have included Group Manager: Marketing and Communications responsible for business development and brand management. He was Director and Regional Manager for one of South Africa's largest consulting companies responsible for the firm's operations in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

James has worked in various senior positions in the engineering consulting industry and has extensive experience in design and project management of a wide spectrum of infrastructure projects in the Southern African region.

James is a Sloan Fellow and holds a Masters in Management (MBA) from London Business School where he specialized in Corporate/Business Strategy and Corporate Finance with majors in Advanced Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Statement Analysis & Valuation and Project Finance. He also holds an MSc in Water and Waste Engineering from Loughborough University (UK) and a BSc Honours in Civil Engineering.


Emmanuel Dzunani Nyathi - Executive Director
emmanuelDzunani has sixteen (16) years experience in water resources planning with special focus on Institutional Designs of Rural Water Schemes, implementation and documentation of lessons learnt for policy in-put. He has piloted cost recovery initiatives for rural water supply schemes and has been involved in the documentation of best practices.

Dzunani also has extensive experience in the Sanitation sector and is an expert on Dry Sanitation for rural and peri-urban areas. His experience covers the entire value chain from planning to drafting of business plans; facilitation and implementation of different technological options suitable for rural sanitation programmes; dissemination of appropriate health and hygiene practices to end users; and execution of Monitoring and Evaluation Programmes.

An avid reader and writer, Dzunani has written extensively on Sanitation for Rural and Low Income Communities and has presented papers on Water and Sanitation Projects at the 23rd WEDC Conference in Durban and 26th WEDC Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Prior to joining VEGA Holdings, Dzunani worked for Sasol Mining (Pty) Ltd and was responsible for the Social and Environmental Monitoring and Evaluation of the Mozambique (Temane) to Secunda gas pipeline.

Dzunani holds a B.A (Social Sciences) Degree from the University of Fort Hare as well as a Diploma in Project Management. He has also attended several executive management courses.