Our executive team has extensive experience in their respective fields and in the industry at large.
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.
Richard Tomes: Sales and Marketing Executive
Richard Tomes is the Sales and Marketing Executive, a position he has held since December 2014. Prior to this role, he served as the Joint Managing Director for PPC’s South African business, a position he held since 2012. Richard held various other positions during his 16-year tenure at PPC as well as at Concor, including Sales and Marketing Executive from 2009 – 2012, General Sales Manager from 2006 – 2009 and various other positions in sales and technical departments. He holds an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch, a National Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering as well as an Advanced Concrete Technology Diploma.
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.
In her current role as Strategic Growth Executive, Roshni is responsible for the following group functions, Strategy and Risk Management, AfriSam Technical Services, Business Development and Growth (including Exports and Trading), Sustainability, and Corporate Communications. The Strategic Growth business unit strives to create a step change in business performance and provide strategic support to the AfriSam Group by developing, supporting, and executing the business operational excellence improvement and growth plans together with internal business partners.
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).
Avi Bhoora: Construction Materials Executive
Avi Bhoora was appointed Construction Materials Executive for AfriSam on 1 October 2015. He brings to his new position a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from a career spanning over 35 years within the construction materials industry. Prior to rejoining AfriSam in 2013 as the General Manager Construction Materials South, Avi held a number of senior management positions including Readymix Area Manager Eastern Region (Lafarge), Group Logistics Manager and General Manager Slagment (NPC) and Managing Director Aggregate and Readymix (NPC). He also served in a number of positions at Anglo-Alpha (AfriSam) and at various engineering consulting firms early in his career.
Avi holds a National Diploma in Civil Engineering and has completed a number of business and leadership programmes. He is also a member of the Institute of Quarrying South Africa and the South African Institute of Civil Engineers.
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.