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Senior Management



Having held notable positions at the Chamber of Mines and Anglo American, Tracey joined Tshikululu at its inception in 1998 and was appointed CEO in 2008. Tracey is a Fellow of the African Leadership Institute and has peer-reviewed and written a number of articles for local and international publications. Tracey serves on the boards of the SIOC-CDT Trust, the KST Trust, the African Children’s Feeding Scheme (ACFS) and the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre (JHGC). Tracey chairs the KST REMCO, and the Projects Review Committee of the SIOC-CDT and is a member of the ACFS Finance Committee, the REMCO and Social and Ethics Committee of SIOC-CDT and a member of the JHGC Governance Committee.


Executive: Talent Management

Sam is a Human Resource generalist with extensive experience in people management. Skilled at building teams and relationships across all levels, Sam’s role at Tshikululu involves building an HR business that translates Tshikululu’s strategic requirements into appropriate people management strategies, while aligning them to the overall business objectives.


Chamu M’kombe
Chief Operations Officer

Chamu is a seasoned leader with decades of experience in General Management, Business Development, Consulting Services, Operations and Sales. He has spent much of his career addressing client challenges, solving business problems and building winning teams. Before joining Tshikululu Social Investments, he undertook various leadership roles in South Africa and abroad for both international and local companies including Accenture, Dell Technologies, Microsoft, McKinsey & Company, IBM, ICT-Works and Impala Platinum.



A seasoned business leader, Alistair brings over 33 years’ experience in financial services, audit and consulting to Tshikululu. He previously served as CFO, COO and Managing Director of Silica, leading multiple departments and overseeing various functions including accounting, finance, risk and compliance, operations, and client relationship management. Prior to this, he was the Financial Director at Investec Asset Management, CFO for TMA Investment Products and Director of BDO


Head of business development

Sibonakaliso joined Tshikululu in August 2016 as a Social Investment Specialist. Prior to this, he was a Business Development Manager at Phakamani Impact Capital’s Mining Communities Fund, where he was responsible for a Community Enterprise Development Fund, aimed at funding Black-owned SMEs within mining communities. Sibonakaliso has also worked as an analyst in the Business in Development practice at one of Africa’s leading economic consulting firms.


Dipalesa mpye
Head of social impact

Dipalesa is the Head of Social Impact at Tshikululu, leading the team responsible for strategy design, implementation and measurement across 25+ clients (investing more than R600 million per year). Prior to joining Tshikululu as a Social Investment Specialist in 2018, she worked in business and systems analysis in the financial services sector, research and innovation management for the development of the informal economy and grant management capacity building across the continent’s science funding systems. She has served as the Project Specialist responsible for the project management of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association’s (SARIMA) implementation of Objective 1 of the Science Granting Council’s Initiative (SGCI).   ​



Lisa is a Social Anthropology graduate and a qualified professional with diverse work experience within the corporate and NGO sector both locally and internationally, She has over 14 years’ experience in Client Relationship Management across various sectors with the majority of her work experience lying within the development sector focussing on social investment, social and economic development and BEE Trusts.



Bertha Phohlela is certified Green Belt Six Sigma practitioner who holds Project Management as well as Business Analysis qualifications. Bertha has 20 years working experience; 14 of which are in the Social Responsibility sector. Throughout her working career she has been exposed to three main sectors mainly:

  • Social Development where she worked as a Social Investment Practitioner in old age homes, orphanages and feeding schemes.
  • Health where she worked with hospices during the peak of the HIV and Aids epidemic in South Africa.
  • Education where she worked in all phases of Foundation, from ECD centres, primary and secondary school as well as tertiary institutions. She spent most of her career in the Education sector managing a portfolio of over a hundred secondary schools for a Maths and Science Challenge programme and briefly managed a nutrition primary schools programme.


Ethne Delport has more than 20 years working experience. Ethne Delport is a certified Commissioner of Oaths. She holds a HR Professional membership with the South African Board of People Practices – SABPP. 

Ethne is part of the management team, responsible for designing Tshikululu’s internal strategy and implementation. She is a member of the following committees at Tshikululu, the Transformation and Employment Equity forum, the Staff Forum and she is currently the chairperson of the Health and Safety Form. Ethne enjoys the fact that her role affords her the opportunity to work with and assist people daily. She gained most of her experience in her role as a Human Resource Administration Manager while working for First National Bank. She also enjoys managing staff, mentoring and coaching them, and developing their careers. Ethne is currently responsible for the HR  compliance, such as Employment Equity reporting, Skills planning and training, B-BBEE, as well as Recruitment, Learning & Development and Remuneration.



Saleh has joined Tshikululu with a track record spanning forty years of experience in the financial industry. He has honed his skills in the areas of accounting, financial reporting, loans financial management and systems, corporate governance and process improvement. Prior to joining Tshikululu, he served as CFO for almost 5 years at Anglo American Zimele. His primary responsibility lay in defining the strategic role of finance within the organisation’s overarching strategy.

He also served as Divisional Executive at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)where he led the Loans Financial Management team. It was here that he fine-tuned his ability to drive efficiencies and productivity.