BA LLB H Dip Tax Law LLM MBA (UCT)
"Gerhard joined PPS in 2010 and has been a key driver behind the positioning of the PPS Profit-Share Account and the benefits of our unique mutual business model. He was willing to challenge the status quo in innovative ways.
Recent contributions include the launch of the new PPS Group website in 2016 and our first move into sport sponsorship for the 2017 Panorama Tour. Gerhard and his team have taken the PPS brand to new levels with a small budget, as evidenced by excellent increases in leads."
Izak Smit | PPS Group CEO
"During Gerhard’s tenure as Executive: Group Marketing at PPS, he was not only a traditional marketing executive and strategist, he was also an important contributor to our business strategy. He succeeded in convincing us to rename and relaunch our key differential as a mutual, the PPS Profit-Share Account (previously the SRA) – which was a great move.
He also steered us into creating a “community of professionals” by way of innovative PR engagements and arranging national events on issues relevant to the various groups of professionals, thus also positioning PPS as a thought–leader and creating more awareness of the exclusivity of the brand. Independent surveys indicated that PPS had made major progress during Gerhard’s in terms of its positive brand awareness – against competitors with far deeper pockets."
Mike Jackson | Past PPS Group CEO & Chairman of LOA
"The IAS worked with Gerhard Joubert for about three years during his time with PPS. Our role was to assist in the evaluation of all of the marketing communication agency relationships that PPS had at that time. We found Gerhard to be an exceptional marketing leader with great strengths strategically and creatively and often inspiring his agency teams to go much further with their ideas. Mediocrity in marketing is not an option for Gerhard.”
Johanna McDowell | Founder and Chief Executive IAS
PG Dip (UCT), ELDP (Melbourne Business School)
"For many South Africans in the corporate world, Connie Motshumi's name is synonymous with service excellence. For the ordinary South Africans who have encountered her in the football world where she is head of communications and spokesperson of the PSL, this is a lady whose business acumen has repositioned the view the masses of our people held about the world of football- some may dare to say she brought respectability to the soccer game in South Africa.
At her core however, she is most at home as a humanitarian tasked with ensuring a better life for all citizens of the world. Since joining the Red Cross South Africa as Chairman, she has returned it to not only relevance and social visibility but has worked to rebuild this glorious brand and secure its finances. Her impassioned leadership skills ensure loyalty in those who serve under her and it is little wonder multilateral bodies would seek her out in a country rich in astute female leadership, Connie does indeed inspire confidence. A leader of immense integrity, profound humility with razor sharp curiosity and empathy, that is how many would describe Connie Motshumi."
Carol Bouwer | Mbokoda Awards.pdf
SA Red Cross Nomination
BA (SS) - University of Botswana | MBA – Wits Business School.
"I worked with Yvonne Themba from 2011 until the end of December 2015 at Shanduka Group, a multi billion rand company with diversified interests in terms of sector and equity interest. Yvonne was the Group Executive Director for Human Resources and Corporate Affairs and I was the Group CEO.
Yvonne played a critical role in providing a new leadership team for one of the businesses we controlled which had significant performance difficulty when we acquired it, but began achieving the results we had aspired to once we had the new team that she brought in. Identifying senior talent was critical for all the underlying businesses that we controlled and she managed that very well.
In addition to this she also introduced a new HR mechanism for talent management and rewards in the group which resulted in her being shortlisted for a major international award in Germany.
Yvonne was also responsible for managing IR issues that often arose in the mining companies we were involved in. Despite the often difficult environment she operated in, she always maintained a calm demeanor.
I respected Yvonne’s work ethic. She never focused only on what she was responsible for but went beyond that. When we were trying to get some work in a country that we didn’t know well but in which she was highly connected, she made the time to reach out to her contacts for the benefit of Shanduka.
Her maturity was critical. The issues we dealt with were often heavily demanding but she pursued her work regardless. These were attributes I saw in her throughout the period that I worked with her at Shanduka Group.
Phuti Mahanyele | Sigma Capital
"I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Yvonne Themba for over 10 years. I have interacted with Yvonne in many different roles; initially I reported to her, I then joined her on the Executive and we have served on a number of boards together. In all of those roles she has been an inspiration. Yvonne is an incredibly hard worker. She is passionate about her work, loyal and leads and lives with integrity. Yvonne is joyous and kind and generous! Yvonne is one of my trusted confidents and has grown into one of my most special friends."
Donne Nicol | CEO of Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation