Sefalana Holding Company Limited ensures that the Board has a prudent balance of executive and non-executive Directors (including independent non-executives). The Board includes non-executive Directors of sufficient caliber and number for their views to carry significant weight in the Board’s decisions. Non-executive Directors comprise not less than two thirds of the Board, with independent Directors making up the majority of non-executive Directors. Terms of office for non-executive Directors are for initial periods of two years, with renewal for further periods not exceeding two years each after approval by shareholders in the Annual General Meeting. The executive Directors have formal employment contracts based on the Company’ Policy.
Chairman - Non-Executive
Group Managing Director - Executive
Group Financial Director - Executive
Sefalana Cash and Carry Namibia – Managing Director – Executive
DR PONATSHEGO KEDIKILWE       Chairman - Non-Executive
Dr Kedikilwe is the Chairman of Sefalana Holding Company Limited. He brings a wealth of experience to Sefalana having served in various positions in his illustrious career. This includes being Vice President of Botswana, Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Minister of Education, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning, and Member of Parliament for the Mmadinare Constituency from 1984-2014. Dr Kedikilwe held various leadership positions including; Board member of Botswana Diamond Valuing Company and Bank of Botswana, Member of the Monetary Preparatory Commission that recommended the establishment of the Bank of Botswana and the introduction of the Pula currency in 1975/76, Alternate Governor for the International Monetary Fund, founding Board Member of the Botswana Housing Corporation, Board member of the Botswana Power Corporation, Chairman of Presidential Commission on Education, Chairman of Council at the University of Botswana, Chairman of the Central Tender Board, (now PPADB), Permanent Secretary of Works and Communications Ministry, Director of Public Service Management and Director of Financial Affairs in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. During his career, Dr Kedikilwe received the Presidential Order of Honour for Distinguished Public Service in 1992, Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, awarded by the Emperor of Japan in 2011 and Naledi Ya Botswana in 2014. In March 2016 he was appointed Chairman of the Presidential Inspectorate Task Team. He was appointed Vice Chancellor of the Botswana Open University in March 2018.
CHANDRA CHAUHAN       Group Managing Director - Executive
Chandra is a Chartered Accountant who trained and qualified with KPMG in the United Kingdom. A Zambian by birth, he became a naturalised citizen of Botswana and has over the years become a very successful entrepreneur and respected businessman. He is currently the Group Managing Director, having been appointed to the Board in 2003. He has been responsible for turning around and restructuring Sefalana and has seen its market capitalisation increase from P64 million in 2004 to its current capitalisation of just under P3 billion. He is also a Non - Executive Director of Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange having been appointed to its Board in April 2009 and he is the Chairman of the Board of Botswana Insurance Fund Management. Mr. Chauhan has a BAcc (Hons) from the University of Zimbabwe, ACA (England & Wales) and FCA (Botswana).
MOHAMED OSMAN       Group Financial Director - Executive
Mohamed is a Fellow Chartered Accountant who trained with KPMG and Ernst and Young in the UK for over 10 years. He joined Sefalana as the Deputy Group Finance Director in March 2012 and was promoted to the position of Group Finance Director in December 2013. He worked closely with a number of Retail and Manufacturing businesses in the UK having spent 15 years away from Botswana. Mohamed graduated with a BCom (Hons) degree from the University of Birmingham in the UK and qualified under the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). He has an MBA in International Management from Edinburgh University in Scotland, and has attended Executive Leadership courses at Harvard Business School Cambridge Massachusetts, and MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston. Mohamed also serves as the Principal Officer of the Sefalana Group Pension Fund, and is the Botswana representative for the ICAEW. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Barclays Bank Botswana and its Audit Committee as a Non-Executive Director since 2018.
DR KEITH JEFFERIS       Non-Executive
Keith is a Development Macroeconomist and a financial sector specialist. He is the Managing Director of Econsult Botswana (Pty) Ltd, and is a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Botswana. His current activities include work on a range of macroeconomic, financial and other development policy issues in Botswana, elsewhere in Sub - Saharan Africa and Asia. He has consulted for international organisations such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank, USAID, UNIDO and UNDP. He has served on the Committee of the Botswana Stock Exchange, the Board of Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited, and the Botswana Insurance Fund Management Investment Committee. Keith holds a BSc. in Economics and Statistics from the University of Bristol, MSc. in Economics from the University of London and a PhD in Economics from the Open University (UK). He was appointed to the Board of Sefalana in April 2014.
ELIAS DEWAH       Non-Executive
Elias was appointed to the Sefalana Board in January 2008. He holds a diploma in Agriculture, a BA degree in Economics and Accounting, and an MBA in Industrialisation and Strategic Business Management. Elias worked for the Government of Botswana in different capacities for many years. He served the Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower, as Deputy Executive Director and as Executive Director until his retirement in 2006. Currently, Elias is a private consultant specialising in the promotion of Public - Private Dialogue, Business Organisations Training and General Business Administration and Management. Elias received the Presidential Order for Meritorious Service (PMS) in 2007 and joined the Free Enterprise and Democracy Network (FEDN) in 2016.
REGINALD MOTSWAISO       Non-Executive
Reginald is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant as well as an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, all obtained while at AT Foulkes Lynch in London. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Botswana. Reginald is an alumnae of Harvard University - Kennedy School of Governance –Cambridge, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School of Property Finance – Zell/Lurie Real Estate Centre. Reginald also attended the University of Stanford – Graduate School of Business Leadership in Palo Alto. He held Board positions at PEEPA, the BSE and Standard Chartered Bank Botswana. He is a Board member of other regional bodies including the African Union for Housing Finance - AUHF, of which he was the Chairman (2009 – 2013) and the Southern African Development Community Development Finance Institutes (SADC DFI). His interests and experiences are in the field of Finance, Banking, Strategy and Leadership. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Botswana Housing Corporation. Reginald was appointed to the Sefalana Board in January 2008.
KENEILWE P MERE       Non-Executive
Keneilwe is an attorney of the High Court of Botswana with over 17 years of experience. She is one of the founding partners of Moribame Matthews, a law firm whose services include civil litigation, corporate and commercial law, intellectual property, conveyancing and alternative dispute resolution. She attained her Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) with the University of Botswana in 2001. After a short period with Lesetedi & Company in 2001 she joined Collins Newman & Company as a Pupil Attorney and left in 2007 as a Senior Associate Attorney. Keneilwe’s specialty lies in civil litigation and commercial law with specific clientele in the finance, insurance, mining and property industries. Keneilwe is member of the Law Society of Botswana, an Associate Arbitrator of the Southern African Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the International Bar Association. Keneilwe is a Board member of Kgare Insurance Brokers (Pty) Ltd. She is also the past Vice Chairperson of the Cancer Association of Botswana. Keneilwe is passionate about female empowerment and the advancement of youth in the economic sphere. As an active member of the Law Society of Botswana, Keneilwe’s focus is on the progression of women attorneys in private commercial legal practice. She joined the Sefalana Holding Company Board of Directors in March 2017.
BRYAN DAVIS       Sefalana Cash and Carry Namibia – Managing Director – Executive
Bryan joined the Board of Sefalana Holding Company Limited on 1 July 2018 as an Executive Director having been appointed in 2014 as the Managing Director of Sefalana Cash & Carry Namibia (t/a Metro Namibia) which saw the expansion of Sefalana into the region. Bryan has over 40 years of experience in the wholesale and retail sectors through his various roles in Metro Cash & Carry in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia, Retail Market in India, Checkers South Africa and Grand Bazaars. He was also previously the Managing Director of the Cash & Carry business in Botswana up until 2009. Bryan holds an MDP (Management Development Program) from the Free State University, South Africa.