DR REJOICE SIMELANE <sup>(71)</sup>


Independent non-executive director

BA (economics and accounting) (University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland), MA (econ) (University of New Brunswick, Canada, and University of Connecticut, USA), PhD (econ) (University of Connecticut),
LLB (Unisa)

Appointed to the board in 2004

Rejoice Simelane began her career at the University of Swaziland (now eSwatini) as a lecturer in economics. Between 1998 and 2001, she worked at the Department of Trade and Industry as well as National Treasury. She later served as a special adviser, economics, to the premier of Mpumalanga until 2004, when she was appointed chief executive of Ubuntu-Botho Investments, a position she held until 2016. While she remains an executive director at Ubuntu-Botho Investments, she is also a non-executive director of its wholly owned subsidiary, African Rainbow Capital Proprietary Limited. She retired from the board of Sanlam Limited in March 2022. Other directorships include African Rainbow Energy and Power Proprietary Limited, Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club and the Blue Bulls Company Proprietary Limited. She also serves on the executive committee of the Premier Soccer League. A CIDA scholarship recipient and Fulbright fellow, Rejoice was a member of the presidential economic advisory panel under former president Thabo Mbeki.