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Mlulami Manjezi

Strategist and experienced Director of Companies

Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Peddie South Africa

I am a highly experienced, respected and astute Director, Business Executive with strategy development and implementation track record and current chairman of the DZ Group (Pty) Ltd. I have over 34 years’ experience in various industries including manufacturing, investment, consulting, small business development, project finance and structuring.

A certified Director with the Institute of Directors South Africa, I possess a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree from the University of Fort Hare (UFH); a Master of Business Leadership (MBL) a Management Development Programme (MDP) from the University of South Africa (UNISA); and a Programme for Sustainable Leadership (Cambridge University).

Dynamic and results-driven, I have a career distinguished by success in organizational leadership, principal consultant and C-Level positions. Accustomed to and effective in senior-level executive roles, making high-stakes decisions and overcoming complex business challenges. Decisive, interactive, motivational management style and a pragmatic approach to problem solving. Extensive business experience with reputable networking ability and professional relationships management skills.

Expert turnaround strategist with strong organisational, people and performance management skills, I have a proven record in adding value in areas such as transformation, profit, projects development, structuring, appraisal, and processes improvements. I have consistently and successfully merged management and leadership skills in creating systems, companies and teams that produce results.

Contact details

O: 0829026133

M: 0825530344

Business Address

349 Witch-Hazel Avenue, Centurion, South Africa, 0144

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Professional details

Current Position(s)

Acting Chief Executive Officer | Office of CEO | Municipal Demarcation Board
Centurion, South Africa | September 2014 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Responsible for managing the entire operations and implementation of the entire organisation.

Director | Dvelopment Agency | Joe Gqabi Development Agency
Aliwal North, South Africa | November 2014 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Board member and a member of the Human Resource, Remuneration and Finance Committee

Non Executive Chairman | Group Chairman | D Z Group (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg, South Africa | March 2013 - present

Consulting and Project Management

Chairman of a group constituting consulting, property development and farming operations.

Chairman of the Board of Directors | Development Agency | Chris Hani Development Agency
Queenstown, South Africa | January 2013 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Chairman of the Board

Director | Board | Masisizane (NPC) - Old Mutual
Johannesburg, South Africa | May 2013 - present


Board member

Previous Position(s)

Divisional Executive: Rural Partnerships Division | Development Fund | Development Bank of Southern Africa
Midrand, South Africa | April 2012 - March 2013

Social Development and Community Services

Responsible for the establishment of the division, including strategy development and implementation. Establishing strategic partnerships for the development of appropriate rural development solutions (including rural enterprise development and capacity building for rural institutions) and for the identification of infrastructure needs.

Divisional Executive: Rural Development Division | Development Fund | Development Bank of Southern Africa
Midrand, South Africa | October 2010 - April 2012

Social Development and Community Services

Conceptualize and develop a strategy for the division in line with the rural development emphasis within the country. Develop innovative and integrated rural development solutions in the twenty four identified rural districts. Participate in Outcome 7 data advisory forum in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation within the Presidency.

Divisional Executive: Capacity Deployment and Development | Development Fund | Development Bank of Southern Africa
Midrand, South Africa | February 2008 - October 2010

Social Development and Community Services

Conceptualize and develop a strategy for the division in line with the best practice on participatory community development planning. The Community Development Facilitation Division is intended to facilitate stakeholders including the development of a common development vision for the identified areas and develop plans to achieve and sustain that vision.

Head: Strategic Projects and National Initiatives Unit | Development Fund | Development Bank of Southern Africa
Midrand, South Africa | December 2006 - February 2008

Social Development and Community Services

The programme was designed to assist government with the planning and implementation of strategic projects for example, 2010 world cup, SA Olympic bid, etc. Oversee the management of the Strategic Projects and National Initiatives units and negotiate with the mandate departments.

Manager: Corporate Portfolio Management Unit | Development Bank of Southern Africa
Midrand, South Africa | April 2005 - December 2006


The DBSA recognized that portfolio management can help it make the decisions that will enhance its portfolio of projects, mitigate risks and improve overall return. In the light I was asked to conceptualize and set up the portfolio function and manage the unit during the initial stages. The primary purpose was to elevate portfolio management to a strategic level, create a portfolio-minded culture and implement appropriate tools and practices. The portfolio management unit is now a strategic unit alongside the risk management unit within the Bank.

Manager: Operations Secretariat and Credit Administration | Development Bank of Southern Africa
Midrand, South Africa | December 2004 - April 2005


Responsible for the development and improvement the operations system and the credit administration of the DBSA. Administers disbursement procedures for Direct Credits and Medium and Long Term Guarantees. Ensures compliance with DBSA's policies and procedures. Develop Credit policies establish a framework or guide for consistent credit decisions directed toward attaining the goal established by the company for the credit function.

Head of Department (Chief Executive) | Department of Agriculture | Government of South Africa
Bisho, South Africa | January 2002 - December 2003

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

My mandate is to turnaround the department, develop polices and strategies to move it (Department) into the future and restructure it for maximum efficiency. Strengthen agriculture rural finance mechanism and delivery systems.

Educational history


UNISA - Graduate School of Business Leadership

Pretoria, South Africa | February 1998 - February 2004

Master of Business Leadership - Strategy, Financial, Risk

UNISA - Graduate School of Business Leadership

Pretoria, South Africa | May 1995 - June 1996

Management Development Programme - General Management

University of Fort Hare

Alice, South Africa | February 1976 - December 1979

Bachelor of Commerce - Business Economics and Industrial Psychology



Premier's Award - Bronze Award for the best department | 2002

Bronze award for the best department and Head of Department (Department of Agriculture - Eastern Cape)

Chief Executive Award - DBSA | 2007

Outstanding Manager and Business unit



Instutute of Directors South Africa (IOD SA)

Certified Director, January 2008 - present

Institute of Business Advisors (IBA)

Principle Business Advisor, January 2014 - present


Methodist Church

Member of the Young Mens Guild (YMG), November 2013 - present

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