Directors / Executive

The Phumelela Board has a unitary Board structure consisting of seven independent non-executive directors, three non-executive directors and five executive directors. In accordance with the recommendations of the Code of Corporate Practices and Conduct, the majority of the members of the Phumelela Board, including the Chairman, are non-executive directors. To ensure a balance of power and authority, there is a clear division of responsibilities among the company's Directors. One third of the directors retire annually by rotation. The roles of Chairman and Chief Executive are separate and the Chairman has no executive responsibilities.

Non-executive directors: 

  • Mangalani Peter Malungani (Chairman) BCom (Unisa), MAP (Wits), LDP (Wharton) Independent
  • Rob Cooper CA (SA) Independent
  • Markus Johannes Jooste BAcc, CA (SA)
  • Bernard Kantor CTA (Wits)
  • Siza Khang Cecil Khampepe BA, MBA Independent
  • Nolwandle Jacqueline Mboweni BA Ed, MAP Independent
  • Dr Elias Nkosi MB ChB, MAP, MBA Independent
  • Chris van Niekerk
  • John Barry Walters Independent
    Brian Finch Independent
  • Photios Anastassopoulos

Phumelela executive directors:

  • Riaan du Plessis (Group Chief Executive Officer) BAcc, CA(SA), Hdip TAX
    Andreas Heide (Chief Operating Officer & Group Finance Director) BCompt Hons, CTA (SA)
    Mpho Ramafalo (Executive Director, Business Development & Risk Managerment) BProc, LLB, IEDP
    John Stuart (International Executive Director) BComm
    Vee Moodley (Executive Director, Sports Betting) BComm


  • Dean Finder (Chief Operating Officer, Betting World)
  • Rob Scott (Chief Executive Officer, Tellytrack; Executive, Sales & Marketing)
  • Freda Moloi (Company Secretary)
  • Ike Shirindi (General Manager, Human Resources)
  • Mervyn Govender (Group Chief Information Officer)
  • Barry McLoughlin (Chief Financial Officer)
  • Clyde Basel (Executive Director, Racing)

Executive Management

After a successful career in investment banking, Rian joined the Comparex Group on 1 February 1997. In his capacity as Director: Mergers and Acquisitions and International Finance, he was responsible for all of Comparex's acquisitions as well as being Finance Director of the group's international business. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Comparex Holdings Limited on 1 February 2000.

At the invitation of the Board of Directors of Comparex Holdings Limited and with effect from 1 November 2002, Rian led a team of European managers in a management buy-out of the group's European businesses.

Having successfully spearheaded the turnaround of Comparex in Europe within 19 months and with effect from 1 June 2004, Rian handed over his executive responsibilities and became non-executive chairman of the Comparex group.

Rian was a non-executive director of Homestyle Group Plc from July 2005 to March 2007. He also served on Homestyle's Audit and Nomination Committees. Rian was also a non-executive director of JSE-listed Amalgamated Appliance Holdings Limited from November 2007 to June 2010.

Rian was appointed Group CEO of Phumelela on 1 August 2008.

Andreas served articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Johannesburg and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1996. Over the past 19 years he has held various senior financial positions within the horseracing industry and played key roles in the corporatisation and listing of Phumelela on the JSE in 2002. Andreas was appointed Group Finance Director in September 2009 and as Chief Operating Officer in 2010.

Mpho is a qualified attorney and left legal practice in 1996 to join the Gauteng Provincial Government (Finance and Economic Affairs) where he held various senior positions including that of Director: Economic Policy, Planning and Research, Non-Executive Director of Gaumac (a small-business development agency) and Chairperson: Gauteng Liquor Board.

He joined Phumelela as Compliance Executive in February 2003 with Gaming Operations added to his portfolio in 2004. He was appointed to the Phumelela Board in 2005, becoming Executive Director: Gaming and Compliance. He took up the position of Director: Business Development and Risk Management in 2009.

John served his articles with KPMG before joining TAB KwaZulu-Natal in 1979 as Internal Auditor, and occupied various positions there before leaving in 1996 as Assistant General Manager. He then joined TAB Transvaal (transferred to Phumelela as part of the corporatisation process) in 1997 and served in various positions before heading up the international division in 2006. John also heads up the Tellytrack operation on behalf of the Tellytrack partnership.

John is a Non-Executive Director of Automatic Systems Limited, one of the two totalisator operators in Mauritius, International Executive Director of Phumelela and was appointed Executive Director of Premier Gateway International in 2011.

Vee studied for a BComm Accounting degree at the University of Natal and worked as Group Accountant for the PMC Group of companies in KwaZulu-Natal.

In 2003 Vee opted for a career path change and joined the National Horseracing Authority as Handicapper.

His thorough knowledge and understanding of horseracing stood him in good stead and in 2007 he was promoted to Racing Control Manager and Chief Executive Officer designate of the National Horseracing Authority.

Vee has a strong financial background and excellent knowledge of horseracing and betting and was appointed by Phumelela as Executive Director: Sports Betting on 1 October 2010. Vee was also appointed CEO of Betting World, a subsidiary of Phumelela, on 1 June 2015.