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The Board

  • Mr. TB Phitsane

    APPOINTED: April 2014

    Chairperson of the Board

    Diploma in Education, BA Economics, MBA, Executive Leadership: University of Stellenbosch, Human Resources Strategy in Singapore. He is former Chief Executive Officer and the Deputy Secretary (Deputy CEO): Corporate Services of the Free State Legislature. His core skills relate to varied knowledge of the PFMA, MFMA and general Governance Laws, Corporate Governance, Board effectiveness, public administration and service delivery and budget implementation programming, performance management systems solutions, development, planning and implementation systems as well as policy development and analysis. He is a member of the IoDSA, the PACC and the Sanlam Board of Trustees.
  • Ms. P Matete

    APPOINTED: April 2014

    Deputy Chairperson of the Board

    BA Honours (Geography & Environmental Studies). Thesis pending for M.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies. She is Head of Environmental Management at one of the leading infrastructure development companies. She headed an environmental department at steel and cement manufacturing companies. She was a Regional Manager: Environmental Monitor during construction of the Lesotho Highlands Tunnel from Mohale Dam to Katse Dam and before that Matsoku Diversion and Weir. She is a trained NED, has had executive leadership training. She has over the past 15 years acquired vast experience in environmental law and governance and Executive Preparation Programme in mining and water law.

    APPOINTED: April 2014

    BPROC, LLM, LLB Degree Adv Bomela served his articles of clerkship with the Law Society School for Legal Practice, Schutz and De Jager and Lawyers for Human Rights (Karoo Mobile Law Clinic). He served as a Public Prosecutor with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and was appointed as an Assistant State Attorney and a Senior Assistant Attorney with the State Attorney, Bloemfontein and Bisho. He practiced in partnership as a Director in the Law firm du Toit Bomela and later practiced in his own account under the name and style Bomela’s. He later joined the Department of Health, Free State as a Director Legal Services. He left the department and became a Company Secretary for Centlec (SOC) Limited. While serving as such, he continued practicing for his own account. He has practiced as an Attorney for 14 years and he is currently with the Free State Society as a practicing Advocate. Adv Bomela is a former Non-Executive Director at Centlec (SOC) Limited, former member of the Free State Law Society Gender Committee, former Secretary (two terms) of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers, Free State, member of the Provincial Disciplinary Committee of the ANC PEC, Free State, member of Peace and Stability Committee of the ANC PEC, Free State, member of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee of the ANC, Motheo Region. Adv Bomela’s current field of specialty is Corporate Governance, Labour Law, Administrative Law and the Law of Contracts. He is also an accredited Arbitrator, Mediator, Negotiator and Facilitator with the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa.
  • Ms MMM Maboe

    APPOINTED: April 2014

    BSc Education, MA (Counseling) Ms Maboe’s experience ranges from Head of Department: Social Development, Municipal Manager to the Masilonyana Local Municipality, Communications Officer at Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, Acting Registrar and Executive Director: Student Development and Support Service at University of the Free State(UFS) Qwaqwa Campus. She has a leadership qualification in Executive Municipal Management from the UFS, a MA Degree with a Major in Counselling from the University of Northern IOWA, USA and a BSc Ed Degree from the University of Bophuthatswana. She is a Psychologist by profession and has served in numerous Boards including the Free State Development Corporation (FDC) and Sedibeng Water. Ms Maboe has also served on many a forum such as a member of the Executive Committee Forum of African Women Educationist, SA (FAWESA), member of the South Africa Association of Senior Student Affairs Professionals (SAASSAP) and member to the National Association of Student Development Practitioners (NASDEV). She is also a member of Southern African Fundraising Institute (SAIF).
  • Mr. N Mokhesi

    APPOINTED: April 2014

    Chairperson of the Audit Committee

    M Com Financial Management, B Com Hons, B. Compt. (Accounting & Auditing), BCom. Mr. Mokhesi is currently the Head of Department in Free State Department of Human Settlement. He started his career as a part-time teacher of Business Economics at the Mncube Senior Secondary School in Soweto. He joined the Free State Development Corporation in 1986 as Senior Manager: Associate Companies and Joint Ventures. His private sector experience includes serving as Executive Director of Mphatlalatsane Geographical Solutions (Pty) Ltd and as an independent SMME Business Consultant. He has also gained extensive experience of the financial environment in the local Government sector when he joined the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality as Chief Financial Officer during 2002 and continued to serve in that position until he joined the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality as Chief Financial Officer in 2005. He was appointed as City Manager of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality in 2007 and in 2009, he joined Centlec as Chief Financial Officer. He joined the Department of Police, Roads and Transport in June 2010 as the Chief Financial Officer and also acted as Head of Department and Deputy Director General at various times.
  • Dr J Van der Merwe

    APPOINTED: April 2014

    Chairperson of the Human Resource Committee

    BSC., M. Science in Geology, PHD Geohydrology, Research at University of Arizona, Specialises in Civil Engineering and water management. Senior Lecturer in Geohydrology: University of the Free State, Affiliated Researcher: Institution of Ground Water Studies, Member of WISA, Vice-Chairperson: Modder-Riet Catchment Management, Honorary Life Membership: Geological Society of South Africa. He conducted research at the University of Arizona, USA, specializing in Water Management And Engineering. He was Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the Technikon of the Free State (now Central University of Technology), joined the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in 1988 as Deputy Director, Water Quality and Geohydrology in the Free State Regional Office. He retired in 2008 as Deputy Director: Strategic Support from the Department of Water Affairs. He is an Affiliated Researcher at the Institute of Ground Water Studies at the University of the Free State and is also a member of the Water Institute of Southern Africa as well as a member of the Ground Water Division of the Geological Society of South Africa. As one of the representatives of Bloem Water, he was elected as Vice-Chairperson of the Modder-Riet Catchment Management Forum (an Institutional Committee of the Department of Water Affairs).
  • Ms CM Phetwe

    APPOINTED: April 2014

    BCom (Accounting and Auditing) from North West, Certified Fraud Examiner from University of Pretoria, Programme in Strategy Alignment from Stellenbosch University, BDFM Online Certificate on Legal, Ethics and Risk Management. Process Monitor Manager at Momentum, Senior HR & Risk Manager at Transnet Pension Fund Administrators, Internal Auditor at Gobodo Corporate Governance Services and Khula Enterprise Finance Limited. Former member and Chairperson of board HR Committee at Brakpan Bus Company, and Disaster Relief Fund in the Department of Social Development Services. Ms Phetwe consults in risk management frameworks. She is a member of the Audit Committee of the Department of Women in the Presidency, Audit Committee of West Rand District Municipality, and Chairperson of the Risk Management Committee for Randfontein Local Municipality. She is a member of other professional bodies; GARP, Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa, and Information Systems and Control Association (ISACA). She has served as a director on various other boards and board committees. She served on the board of Brakpan Bus Company, where she was Chairperson of the Board HR Committee.
  • Dr MJ Ellman

    APPOINTED: April 2014

    Chairperson of the Capital Project and Fixed Asset Committee

    BSc (Chem Eng) from University of Cape Town; MSc (Chem Eng) from University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands; PhD (Chem Eng) (cum laude) from Institute National Polytechnique de Lorraine, Nancy, France; MBA from Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Project Finance Modelling, Euromoney, March 2013; Certificate in Sectional Title Bookkeeping (Paddocks/UCT, 2010); Certificate in Marketing & Customer Centricity, University of Johannesburg, 2007. Managing Director: Thembalethu Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd, 2006 to present (project development and investment in the energy sector – electricity, renewables, gas, petroleum, etc.); Executive Director: Siyadingana Consulting (Pty) Ltd, 2002 to present (management and technical consulting to the energy sector – electricity, gas, petroleum, renewables, etc.); Executive Director: Siyadingana Properties (Pty) Ltd, 2006 to present (investment in, and letting of, property). Non-Executive Director: Rand Water, 2002 to 2014; Non-Executive Director: Rand Water Services (Pty) Ltd, 2005 to 2008; Non-Executive Director: SABS, 2009 to 2014; Non- Executive Director: International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Geneva, Switzerland, 1999 to 2006; General Manager – Market Operations and Monitoring: National Electricity Regulator, 1999 to 2003 (responsible for electricity industry pricing, long-term capacity planning (NIRP), ESI restructuring, electrotechnical standardization, etc.); Corporate Consultant and Integrated Electricity Planning (IEP) Facilitator: Eskom, 1996 to 1999 (responsible for long-term capacity planning (IEP); Manager Production Planning & Economics, later Manager Business Development (strategic planning & marketing): Mossgas, 1988 to 1993.
  • Mr Z Mkiva

    APPOINTED: April 2014

    BA Social Science) and Honours Development Studies from University of the Western Cape (UWC), Training in Communications: University of Cape Town, Centre for Arbitration, Conciliation, and Mediation, Finance Managers: UCT Graduate School of Business. Zolani Mkiva is an international acclaimed heritage practitioner and cultural activist. He is a well- respected policy maker who employs indigenous knowledge systems in carrying out his role. Zolani was born and raised in Dutywa, a rural town of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. He comes from a family with a lineage of oral traditional poets and regiments of African Royalty. Mkiva is also an African renowned producer and director of artistic works that resonate with music, poetry and film. He has produced more than 20 music albums, including international singles for a myriad of countries, namely, Cuba, Cote D’Ivoire, Libya, Venezuela, Swaziland, and Colombia. Zolani Mkiva is an organic intellectual who has authored and published books and papers. In 2008 he was appointed as a Government Advisor on Traditional Affairs, working closely with the National Minister responsible for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. During his tenure as Government Advisor he managed to turn around a number of areas in the traditional affairs landscape. He was very instrumental in the establishment of the new national department of Traditional Affairs, formulating its strategic plan and structure.

Board Committees

To enable the Board to properly discharge its onerous responsibilities  and duties, certain responsibilities  of the Board have  been  delegated   to  Board  Committees.   The  creation  of  Committees   does  not  reduce  a  Director’s   overall responsibility   and  therefore   all  Committees   must  report  and  make  recommendations  to  the  Board.  All  Board Committees  are chaired by a Non-Executive  Director. Furthermore,  each Board Committee acts in accordance with its respective Charter.


Committees of the Board assist the Board to efficiently advance the business of the Board. In tandem with the aforesaid, Committees are able to demonstrate  that Director Responsibilities  are being adequately and properly discharged. The Board has instituted the following committees:


The Corporate Support and Human Resources Committee

comprising of Directors suited to specialising in human resources, human capital as well as corporate social responsibilities.  The purpose of the Bloem Water Audit Committee  is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibility  for the integrated  reporting  process,  the  system  of  internal  control,  the  audit  process,  and  Bloem  Water’s  process  for monitoring compliance with laws, regulations, voluntary codes, best practices and the code of conduct.



The Finance  Committee

comprising   of  Directors  with  expertise  in  the  area  of  finance,  audit  and  assets management  and supply chain management.  The Finance Committee assisted the Board in fulfilling its oversight role with regards to governance of financial management and financial accounting by reviewing quarterly, financial statements, investment management, and procurement processes through meetings which were held at least once a quarter.  The Committee monitored and evaluated the effective and efficient functioning and operation of the Finance, Engineering and Projects and Operations and Maintenance Departments within Bloem Water.



The Audit Committee

comprising of Directors with expertise in finance, internal control and risk management.  The purpose of the Bloem Water Audit Committee  is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibility  for the integrated  reporting  process,  the  system  of  internal  control,  the  audit  process,  and  Bloem  Water’s  process  for monitoring compliance with laws, regulations, voluntary codes, best practices and the code of conduct.



The Chairperson’s Committee

comprising of the Chairpersons to all the Board’s sub-Committees.


The Social & Ethics Committee

comprising  of Directors  with skills and expertise  in legal as well as areas that ensure the Organisation’s  compliance with social, ethical and codes of best practice.  The primary function of the Committee is to assist the Board of Directors with the oversight and monitoring of social and ethical matters related to Bloem Water’s activities, the extent to which Organisational  Values are implemented and the impacts on Organisational  stakeholders (internal and external).


The Capital Projects & Fixed Assets Committee

comprising  of Directors with expertise in capital appropriations and long term projects.  The Purpose of the Capital Projects & Fixed Assets Committee is to assist the Board in the discharging of its duties relating to creating long and short term plans for Bloem Water Capital Projects and Fixed Assets, ensuring that the funding sources are in place to carry out these plans and assist the Board with capital expenditure programme related decisions within its delegated authority.


The Board of Trustees is an independent Committee and meets on a regular basis to deal with Pension Fund matters in accordance to the Pension Fund rules and regulations as well as applicable legislation.

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