Our Board and Executive Committee

Our Board of Directors

Chairperson Nkululeko L Sowazi; Director Wayne PW Brown; Director Gregory Hirschowitz; Director Ishara Ramsunder;
Director Karabo C Radebe; Director Rakesh H Ramthol; Alternate Director Ian D Forbes

Our Executive Committee

Wayne Brown
Managing Director

Wayne served in various management positions within Lime Distributors prior to being appointed Managing Director of that subsidiary in 1998. During 2007 his responsibilities were extended to include the Lime Division’s marketing function before being appointed to the position of Deputy Managing Director. Following the formation of SynChem/Bud Chemical and Minerals Wayne was appointed to the position of Managing Director of Idwala Industrial Holdings Limited.


Rakesh Ramthol
Chief Operating Officer

Rakesh joined Alpha in June 1993 as a Trainee Chemical Engineer and moved through the ranks in the Production Department to become the Production Manager in 1998. He was then appointed as the General Manager of Idwala Carbonates until he was promoted into his current role early in 2015.

Jaco Vorster
Chief Financial Officer

Jaco Vorster is a 39 year old qualified Chartered Accountant (SA). He is the Chief Financial Officer at Idwala Industrial Holdings and responsible for the Finance Shared Services, Business Partnering, Financial Reporting, Commercial and IT departments. Jaco has 10 years of service at Idwala and its subsidiaries. Previous roles at Idwala include Head of Acquisitions and Integration, Head of Finance Business Partnering, Divisional Financial Manager and Financial Manager. He has prior experience in the medical industry as a Financial Accounting Manager. He completed his articles at DCV audit firm in Centurion and studied at the University of Johannesburg and the University of South Africa.


Natasha de Lange
Head of Sales and Marketing – Industrial Division

Natasha joined Idwala in May 2017. She has served in executive and sales leadership roles within the chemical industry for many years with a history in chemical sales of 16 years covering industries such as metal finishing, Polyurethanes, Preservatives and the Chlor-Alkali Industry.

Eugene van Aswegen
Head of Sales and Marketing – Lime and Agri Division

Eugene has been involved in the cement and lime industry for 37 years. He joined Idwala Industrial Holdings in 2009. Prior to this he worked for Lafarge Cement and was part of the Leader for Tomorrow program, spending 3 months at Insead Business School near Paris, France. Eugene has focused on Industrial Sales and Marketing and has spent many years selling cement and lime in Africa.

Gary Wood
Head of Supply Chain

Gary has been in the logistics industry for 35 years. He joined the Lime Distributors team in 1993. Prior to this, he worked at Waste-tech where he was involved in the disposal of various hazardous wastes. During his time at Idwala, Gary has been instrumental in the development of Idwala owned dedicated vehicles. These vehicles are highly optimised to perform at levels beyond industry norms which allows Idwala to offer its customers superior service at highly competitive rates.

Glen Koster
Head of Human Resources

Glen joined Idwala in November 2014 at our Idwala Carbonates operation as HR Manager and in 2016 moved to a Group Transformation Manager role based at Head Office. In June 2018 Glen transitioned to Head up HR & Transformation. Glen has served in various Human Resources Generalist roles within the Manufacturing, Hospitality and Mining sectors over 12 years.

Godfrey Mangotlo
General Manager
Lime Distributors

Godfrey has worked in various industries such as FMCG, Motor Industry, Glass Industry and Mining Industry prior to joining Idwala in 2009. He was appointed as the General Manager of Industrial Minerals & Magnetite in 2009 until 2014 and since moved to Lime Division in Dec 2014 as the General Manager of Lime Distributors (Pty) Ltd in Vereeniging.

Jaco Swanepoel
General Manager
Idwala Lime

Jaco started his career at Idwala Lime in Danielskuil in 1988. He worked there until 2000 when he was appointed as Engineering Superintendent of Industrial Minerals in Benoni. During 2008 Jaco was appointed as the Quarry Manager of Idwala Lime in Danielskuil. In 2012 he relocated to Lime Distributors in Vereeniging as Plant Manager and was later appointed as the General Manager of that plant. He returned to Idwala Lime in Danielskuil during 2014 as General Manager.


Andrew Ogle
General Manager
Idwala Carbonates
(Port Shepstone)

Andy started working for Alpha in 1993 in the laboratory and processing plant at the Port Shepstone operation.  He left in 1995 to join Corobrik where he occupied positions in the processing and mining division.  In 2003 Andy joined the Idwala Group and took up the position of Quarry Manager at Idwala Carbonates.  In 2013 Andy joined the Group Technical Services team in the capacity of Group Mining and Sustainability Manager where he remained until taking up the current position of General Manager Idwala Carbonates early in 2015.

Atang Maboee
General Manager
Idwala Industrial
Minerals and Magnetite

Atang joined Idwala in 2013, as a graduate trainee after having been a bursar through Idwala’s bursary scheme. He holds a B.Sc.(Eng.)  degree in Mining Engineering which he obtained from The University of the Witwatersrand. After a year and a half of his graduate programme, Atang was given the opportunity to act as Quarry Superintendent at Idwala Carbonates for 6 months and was subsequently promoted to Quarry, Quality and Environmental Manager in 2015. In 2016 he was appointed as Plant Manager for Industrial Minerals and was promoted to General Manager of Industrial Minerals and Magnetite in 2017 where he was responsible for Idwala’s mining and production operations at Ottosdal, Benoni and Phalaborwa. Subsequent to consolidation at a divisional level, Atang was then promoted to Idwala Industrial Minerals Divisional General Manger in 2019 where he is now also responsible for the Idwala Carbonates mining and beneficiation plant near Port Shepstone, KwaZulu Natal.

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