Zimbabwean Executives Leading Top SA Companies To Greater Heights

Zimbabwean Executives With Top Positions In SA Companies

Zimbabweans are making strides across the world, with many of them being appointed to top positions in diverse fields globally. This is evident in South Africa, where Zimbabweans occupy the top posts at many companies in the telecoms, financial and mining sectors.

Below is a list of some of the Zimbabwean executives doing great things at top South African companies and leading them to great success.


Ralph Mupita – Group President and Chief Executive Officer: MTN



Zimbabweans Executives Leading Top SA Companies To Greater Heights
MTN CEO Ralph Mupita. [Photo: MTN]

The Zimbabwe-born engineer and corporate executive was appointed group president and chief executive of the MTN Group in September 2020.

Since then, Mupita, previously the MTN Group’s chief financial officer, has led the telecoms company to great success.

In 2021, Ralph Mupita earned a massive R84.2 million in total remuneration for 2021.

The Zimbabwean executive was handsomely rewarded for his work after MTN reported that he had “overachieved,” resulting in “improved performance outcomes”.

Mupita’s R84.2 million total remuneration was a 133% increase from the R36.1 million total remuneration he earned in 2020.

According to the telecommunications giant, Mupita “overachieved” on the metrics of asset transformation and equity returns. He also met his targets in many other areas.


“The difference of remuneration received in 2021 compared to 2020 was attributed to improved performance outcomes between the two years and his promotion to group president and CEO, effective 1 September 2020,” MTN explained in a financial report.



Sitho Mdlalose – Vodacom South Africa Chief Executive Officer

Zimbabweans Executives Leading Top SA Companies To Greater Heights
Sitho Mdlalose – Vodacom South Africa Chief Executive Officer [Photo: Twitter via Sitho Mdlalose]


In May 2022, MTN’s rival Vodacom South Africa appointed Sitholizwe’ Sitho’ Mdlalose, an executive born and educated in Zimbabwe, as its Chief Executive Officer.

The Zimbabwean executive replaced the incumbent, Indian national Balesh Sharma, on July 1.

Before that, Mdlalose was finance director at Vodacom South Africa between 2017 and August 2021.


Tavaziva Madzinga – Santam Group CEO



The Zimbabwean actuary and corporate executive was appointed as the chief executive officer of South African financial services and insurance giant Santam in April 2022.

Madzinga previously served as the chief executive of Britam Holdings Plc, a financial services conglomerate headquartered in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, with subsidiaries in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.

Madzinga took over from Lizé Lambrechts, who left Santam.


Donovan Chimhandamba – Chief Executive Office: Nyanza Light Metals


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Donovan Chimhandamba [Photo: Nyanza Light Metals]


Another Zimbabwean executive doing well in SA is industrial and manufacturing engineer Donovan Chimhandamba, the chief executive of Nyanza Light Metals.

Chimhandamba previously worked for South African blue chip companies, including National Empowerment Fund and Pretoria Portland Cement. Vesuvius and Group Five.

In 2016, Chimhandamba co-founded the Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG), which was awarded the US$400 million 25-year concession to manage and develop the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ).

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