Board of Directors

The board is primarily responsible for setting the broad direction of the company by approving strategic objectives, key policies and financial performance criteria.

Accountability to shareholders and responsibility to other stakeholders remains of paramount consideration in board decisions, being balanced against the demands of the regulatory environment in which the group operates.

Lawrence Masha

Lawrence Masha

Board Chairperson LLM (International & Comparative Law) Tanzanian

  • Lawrence is the managing partner of Gabriel and Co. Attorney at law,
  • He has close to twenty years of experience of law specialized in Banking and finance,
  • Was a founder and Managing Partner of IMMA Advocates from 2012 to 2015,
  • Director of Fastjet Tanzania Limited
  • Director of Newforest Tanzania Limited
  • Former minister of energy and minerals and later on as the minister of home affairs 2000-2010
  • Mr Masha was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009
Reinhardt Swart

Reinhardt Swart

Managing Director Bsc.(Mechanical Engineering), South African

  • Reinhardt has expert knowledge in the cement manufacturing industry,
  • Held positions of Consultant in the Group Technical Services division of Holcim (Switzerland), Process Engineer, Process Performance Engineer and Maintenance Manager, culminating in his position as General Manager of AfriSam’s Dudfield cement production facility, South Africa,
  • Mr Swart held the position of General Manager before being seconded to Tanga Cement Public Limited Company to oversee the successful completion of the expansion project.
Pieter de Jager

Pieter de Jager

Chief Financial Officer B.Comm Accounting; B.Compt (Hons)/CTA; MBA South African

  • Pieter has over 20 years senior management experience including major listed companies in various sectors.
  • He worked in senior financial management and executive positions in the electrical Engineering, FMCG, Supply Chain, Freight Logistics &
  • Warehousing- and the Mining sectors in various countries in Southern, Central and West Africa
  • Was the Group CFO for the Jonah Capital Group (including Jonah Mining)
  • Prior to joining Tanga Cement PLC, he has held the position of Group CFO and director of Andulela Investment Holdings Ltd (JSE listed)
  • Mr De Jager has also had significant experience working with junior mining companies listed on the TSX and ASX.
Patrick Rutabanzibwa

Patrick Rutabanzibwa

Patrick Rutabanzibwa Deputy Chairman (Independent Non-Executive) Msc Chemical Engineering Tanzanian Patrick is the Country Chairman of PanAfrican Energy,
  • He is the nember of the Board of Directors for the National Housing Corporation (NHC),
  • Mr Rutabanzibwa served as Principal Secretary for ministries of Energy and Minerals, Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development, Home Affairs and Ministry of Water.
Rob Wessels

Rob Wessels

AfriSam’s Acting Chief Executive Officer B.Com, LLB degree, CFA Charterholder South African

  • Appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer of AfrSam in March 2017,
  • Previously the Head of Advisory as well as Head of Corporate Finance at Nedbank Capital.
  • A long-standing Non-Executive Member of AfriSam’s Board of Directors and was integral to the financial restructuring of AfriSam and Phembani acquiring a 31% shareholding in AfriSam.
Trevor Wagner

Trevor Wagner

(Independent Non-Executive) CA (SA), MBL South African

  • Trevor serves on a number of Boards as a Non-Executive Director, including Xuba Polymer Industries.
  • He was previously Group Financial Director at the then Alpha Cement Group, which subsequently became AfriSam Group.
  • He spearheaded a management buy-out of Alpha’s Industrial Division.
  • Was a shareholder and Deputy CEO of Idwala, responsible for finance, administration, human resources and business strategy.
  • He held a number of positions in the then Alpha Cement Group.
  • He started his career as an Audit Manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers,
  • Is the past Chairman of SAICA’s (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) Northern Region and a past member of SAICA’s National Board.
  • Mr Wagner also served as the Chairman of Idwala Provident Fund and is a Trustee of Trecar Trust.
Leon Serfontein

Leon Serfontein

Chief Financial Officer B.Com (Hons) degree in Accounting, a registered Chartered Accountant, South Africa.
  • Leon has expert knowledge in Financial and Executive Management.
  • He has an intimate understanding of our business and expert knowledge gained through years of experience.
  • He has held various positions including Executive Director of the AfriSam Board of Directors, Chief Financial Officer for AfriSam, AfriSam Financial Manager, Trustee of the AfriSam South Africa Provident Fund for the past 15 years and Sponsor and Chairman of the Buildings Renovation team for Tanga Cement Company.
  • Leon was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer for AfriSam in September 2013, the position he currently holds.
Khamis Omar

Khamis Omar

Msc (Development Studies), PGD (Business Administration), Advanced Diploma (Tax Management), (Independent Non-Executive) Tanzanian

  • Khamis is the Principal Secretary President’s Office – Finance, Economy and Development Planning in Zanzibar,
  • Mr. Omar Serves on various boards including the Zanzibar Revenue Board, Bank of Tanzania and the Tanzania Revenue Authority.
Raymond Mbilinyi

Raymond Mbilinyi

(Independent Non-Executive) BSc in Engineering, MBA in Marketing, certified Project Manager, Tanzanian.

  • Raymond is the Executive Secretary of Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC).
  • Mr. Mbilinyi is a Board Member in: The Tanzania Industries Licensing Board (BRELA), Victoria
  • Microfinance Co., and the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF).
  • He has over 19 years of professional experience in Africa.
Quresh Ganijee

Quresh Ganijee

Company Secretary ICSA. Tanzanian

Quresh is currently the Company Secretary, He served on various positions such as Assistant Company secretary, Cost Accountant and Payroll Administrator, He is the registered member of ICSA International and National Board of Accountancy and Auditors, Mr Ganijee has more than 10 years’ experience in financial sector.