Gwarega is a qualified Chartered Accountant who joined CGCSA in January 2012 from Internatio Mueller Chemicals Distribution (IMCD) South Africa, where he served as Financial Director. Prior to joining IMCD South Africa, he held senior management positions in Sales, Operations and Finance at Avis Fleet Services South Africa, a division of the Barloworld Group. He also has extensive knowledge of the public sector as he has consulted with several government entities in the areas of compliance, strategy and organisational re-engineering.
Sudeshan Pillay joined CGCSA in 2016. He is a qualified chartered accountant with over 13 years’ experience in sectors including insurance, oil and gas, FMCG, telecommunications, banking and construction.
Patricia is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and has extensive legal, advocacy and regulatory experience in the Motor and FMCG industries, the labour sector and Not for Profit Organisations (NPO). She is also a certified part-time commissioner of the CCMA, managing conciliations and arbitrations.
As the Executive for Legal and Regulatory Matters at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, a position she has held since April 2010, her portfolio extends to developing a strategy for CGCSA that ensures that all legal, regulatory and sustainability priorities that impact our industry and members are managed and delivered on effectively.
Her achievements include setting up a Consumer Goods and Services Ombud, which is the first body in the country ruling against consumer goods businesses on any breach of the Consumer Protection Act. She is also the chairperson of the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals (SOCAP SA), an international body representing the profession of customer care across all industries and sits on the board of Polyco, a packaging responsibility organization dealing with responsible waste management in the plastics industry.
Zinhle joined CGCSA in August 2013 and has experience in human resources and development within industries such as Financial Services, Fleet Management and Distribution. She holds a BCom Industrial and Organisational Psychology (Hons), a Bachelor of Technology in Human Resources and Development Management. Further she completed a Leadership Development Programme with Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). She is currently busy with her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from University of South Wales (UK), where she has submitted her dissertation. In 2014 she was selected to participate through HIDA where she completed her Management Development Programmes in Osaka, Japan.
Zinhle serves on the Wholesale & Retail SETA Board as an industry representative since 2019. She serves in the Finance, REMCO and Governance & Strategy Committees of the SETA.
Michele, who joined the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) as the GS1 Executive Head in 2017, has extensive experience in Senior Business and System Integration Management, Service Delivery Management, Supply Chain Planning and Forecasting. Her career spans across both the operational implementation and strategic direction which encompasses, retail, manufacturing and financial services industries.
Matlou, who joined CGCSA in 2017 from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF), is responsible for advocacy and liaison for sustainable initiatives, forums, projects and/or programmes relating to food science, safety, quality, nutrition, health & wellness, regulatory and related matters for the consumer goods and retail industries. She has over 15 years of experience in the South African food and agricultural industry, which includes various food production companies, and ten (10) years’ service in public office at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, where she served as Chief Agricultural Food and Quarantine Technician (Food Quality Inspector) and Chief Food Safety & Quality Assurance Officer (Food Regulations).
With her in-depth knowledge of the food industry, she participates in national and international food regulatory bodies such as the Food Legislation Advisory Group and the Food Safety Forum of the National Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. She has also participated at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, where she was Vice Chairperson of the Dry and Dried Produce Committee from 2014 – 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.
She holds a National Diploma in Food Technology from Pretoria Technikon, a Bachelor of Technology in Food Technology from the Tshwane University of Technology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Science from the Lincoln University, New Zealand.
As the head of the Consumer Goods Crime Risk Initiative (CGCRI), Abraham Nelson is responsible for Crime incident information management, Advocacy on behalf of the Retail industry with Government (specifically the Security Cluster), Facilitating Retail industry collaboration and alignment, Crime prevention support services and the sharing of best practices.
Abraham is a former member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) with 30 years’ experience. He worked on all levels from Station to cluster to Province and National Head Office. At head office he was the section head at the Crime Intelligence head office responsible for Counter Narcotics and Multi- Dimensional organized crime. As the section head of Narcotics and Multi-Dimensional Organized Crime he traveled abroad extensively representing the SAPS at various forums relating to Trans-National organized crime.
He has in-depth experience in ensuring effective and efficient management of crime information for utilization by operational units in the SAPS, the management of National and Tran-National organized crime operations with a specific focus on aggravated robberies (CITs, Bank, business and residential robberies), theft of non- ferrous metals, illicit mining, human trafficking and vehicle and truck hijackings and narcotics.
He has vast experience in collaborating on crime operations with various foreign law enforcement and intelligence agencies which included the USA, UK, Brazil, Germany, most of the SADC countries as well as the private sector.