Our mission is to actively participate in the South African economy, thereby creating wealth for ourselves and helping towards the upliftment of the economies in which we operate and live.
Happy Ntshingila (Chairman) has served on a number of boards and has vast experience in the IT, marketing, advertising and communications, telecommunications, financial services as well as media sectors. He has occupied senior management and executive positions at Unilever, IBM, Tiger Brands, HerdBuoys McCann-Erickson (CEO), Vodacom, Absa and SuperSport International (CEO). He is the former Deputy Chairman of Brand SA and now serves on the board of the Gauteng Tourism Authority. In 2007 he was named Marketing Person of the Year and has been credited with the success of the Absa brand, which occupied the Number 1 banking and coolest brand status six years in succession under his watch.
Happy is one of the founders of South Africa’s first black owned advertising agency, HerdBuoys, which had, among its many achievements, the distinction of having positioned and launched the new colours of South African Airways post-1994. He has also been credited with the success of various sponsorship properties, namely Springboks, the Absa Currie Cup, the Absa Cape Epic and the Absa Premiership, amongst others.
In 2009 he published a book, Black Jerusalem, which is an account of the challenges faced by ad agencies during the pitch process.
Happy was recently recognised with the 2016 Financial Mail AdFocus Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution towards the success of the South African advertising industry.
Romeo is currently the CEO and major shareholder of Washirika. He was previously the CEO of Vodacom/Vodafone International, responsible for all the Africa markets. An accomplished leader, entrepreneur, and commercial strategist with over 20 years’ experience in the Information, Communications and Telecoms industries, he has a proven track record of building teams, creating value and turning around underperforming businesses. Romeo is an excellent communicator with well-established networks in Africa; he has worked, lived and travelled extensively across the continent. Romeo was appointed to the Board of Vodacom South Africa as Executive Commercial Director in 2007 and was a member of the Vodacom Executive Committee and Vodafone AMAP CEO Forum until 2015.
He served as non-executive director of Vodacom Tanzania, Lesotho, Mozambique, DRC, Mauritius and other Vodacom group of companies. He previously held senior positions in the communication/broadcasting industry and currently serves on the Board of Publicis Africa as well as various private companies. He is also the director and board member of GroTech, a financial and technology VC that finances start-ups looking for growth capital to scale their business. Romeo holds a Master’s degree in Commerce, and Executive Management certificates from Wits and INSEAD; he is also part of the alumni of the Harvard Business School. Romeo is a keen marathon runner, cyclist and golfer.