Our executive team has extensive experience in their respective fields and in the industry, a number of whom also serve on industry bodies such as ASPASA and SARMA.
Dr Stephan Olivier: Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Stephan Olivier was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AfriSam in April 2010. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Olivier held the position of Chief Operating Officer for AfriSam’s cement operations since 2004. He has served under various positions within the organisation, including Director of Marketing and Technical Services, General Manager for Alpha (Ulco plant), Operations Manager for Alpha (Ulco plant) and Production Manager for Alpha (Dudfield plant). Dr. Olivier has served on a number of industry bodies, special committees and associations. He also served as a member of the Holcim Ltd Technical Committee from 2004 to 2007. He holds a Ph.D in Biochemistry from the University of the Free State.
Grant Neser: Sales and Marketing Executive
Grant Neser is the Sales and Marketing Executive of AfriSam South Africa, a position he has held since April 2011. Prior to this role, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Aggregates and Readymix, responsible for the Aggregates and Readymix Business Unit from 2003. He has held various positions within the company including being appointed in 2000 as General Manager for Aggregates and Readymix KwaZulu-Natal and before that in 1998 as Regional Manager for Alpha Readymix Gauteng. He holds an M.Eng. (Civil) from the University of Stellenbosch, a B.Com degree in Business Economics from the University of South Africa and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Louise van der Bank: Information Services Executive
Louise van der Bank was appointed as AfriSam’s Information Services Executive in September 2010. Prior to joining the company, she held the position of Chief Information Officer at the South African Post Office. Her 27 years of experience in Information Management include Director for SAP Core Banking at Standard Bank as well as holding various positions within the Information Technology division at Iscor Ltd (now ArcelorMittal). She holds a degree in BSc Computer Science from Potchefstroom University (now University of the North West) as well as a Higher Education Diploma from the same institution. Louise graduated from the executive programmes of Assessment Technologies International in 1997 and Darden Business School, University of Virginia, USA, in 2001.
Roshni Lawrence: Strategic Growth Executive
Roshni Lawrence was appointed Strategic Growth Executive for AfriSam in November 2012. She has extensive strategic, operational manufacturing and technical experience garnered within the metallurgical glass, cement and construction industries. Roshni’s cement industry experience spans plant and project commissioning, operational and technical functions on a group executive and senior level. Roshni holds a BSc. Honours degree in Metallurgy from the University of Pretoria.
Leon Serfontein: Chief Financial Officer
Leon Serfontein was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer in September 2013. Since joining the company in 2000, he has held a number of financial management positions and was AfriSam’s Financial Manager since 2009. Leon has an intimate understanding of our business and expert knowledge gained through years of experience. He was also instrumental in the restructuring of AfriSam’s capital structure. He holds a B. Comm Accounting and Finance Honours Degree from the University of Johannesburg and is a registered Chartered Accountant.
Hannes Meyer: Cementitious Executive
Hannes Meyer joined AfriSam in 2007 as the General Manager of the company’s Ulco cement operation in the Northern Cape. He was appointed to his current position of Cementitious Executive in May 2011. He has over 20 years of experience in the industry and has held a number of senior positions in the area of cement production. He holds an MSc degree in Chemistry from the University of the North West (previously known as Potchefstroom University).
Malose Chaba: Construction Materials Executive
Malose was appointed in September 2011 as the Construction Materials Executive. Prior to joining AfriSam, Malose worked for Murray & Roberts for seven years in various roles including Managing Director (Murray & Roberts Engineering Solutions), Executive Chairman of the Engineering and Contracting cluster of companies and Group Assurance Executive. He was a director of both Murray & Roberts Limited and Murray & Roberts Holdings. He also worked for Stewart Scott, Eskom and AECI. Malose holds a BSc (Electrical Engineering) degree from the University of Witwatersrand and an MSc (Computer Technology in Manufacture) degree from the University of Sussex, England.
Sandile Khwela: Human Resources Executive
Sandile joined AfriSam in March 2014 as the Human Resources Executive. Prior to AfriSam, he held a number of leadership positions in the telecommunication and manufacturing industries, including Managing Executive – Talent Management for the Vodacom Group, General Manager – HR Operations at BMW and Senior HR Manager (Supply Chain) for Cadbury South Africa. Sandile holds a BA Honours degree in Industrial Psychology as well as an M.A in Industrial Psychology both obtained from the Potchefstroom University, now called the University of the North West.