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Chief Risk Officer – Risk Management
General Manager: Corporate Strategy & Innovation
Senior Specialist: Forensic - Internal Audit
Chief Risk Officer: Risk Management
Sakhi is not new to the Land Bank, he re-joined the Land Bank Group on 20 September 2016 in the position of General Manager: Corporate Credit. He is a qualified agricultural economist with a Master’s degree. He has a diverse range of experience within the risk and lending environment, cutting across-development, commercial and corporate agricultural finance. and managerial skills within credit granting environment. He started his career as agricultural economist in 2002 managing development projects in the Western Cape-linking small scale farmers to markets (local & export markets) and access to technical support through relationships with large corporate players and agro-processors (value chain role players).
He subsequently joined ABSA Bank as an agri-specialist in agri-business, financing medium agri-businesses, and development farmers contributing to transformation. He later moved to Land Bank where he served in various roles such as investment specialist, head of sales team, and credit manager. After his stint at Land Bank he further moved to Standard Bank as part of a senior credit risk team in the Agri-Business unit based in head office, responsible for the agri-business portfolio within South Africa, where he held personal lending mandate of R90m plus discretionary limits, on each agri-business, extending finance to (mega farmers, agro-processors & development farmers across South Africa).
This included supporting on and off balance sheet activities, forex and export related financing products for each client. He also served as an alternate chair on Agri-BEE Credit committee advancing funding to development and transformation sector. He further played a role in mentoring and guiding credit managers, risk managers and risk/compliance offers within the agribusiness portfolio during his six year tenure at the Bank. Part of his role also entailed proper governance-clean audits, effective risk management over the agri-portfolio is achieved with the support of risk and compliance officers. He further supported regional credit centres in an attempt to elevate risk assessment and risk culture in the regions.
He has strong track record in deal structuring, origination, and credit granting across all agri-segments, small, medium and large agri-businesses, structuring using various funding instruments such as debt, hybrid products such as (mezzanine or preference shares), equity instruments, and has exposure in end-end risk management, governance and compliance within financial sector.
Willem holds a BCom Honours Degree in Marketing Management from the University of Pretoria and was granted membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society (top 15% of his class). He gained solid line management experience over the past 18 years; from Shift manager to Depot Manager at The South African Breweries and Project Manager to Director at OIM Group.
His entrepreneurial nature also inspired him to explore a start-up business or two over the years. He worked on Strategy execution and Performance improvement projects for nine years as Consultant at OIM Group, across various sectors in Southern Africa, at close to 30 companies.
He joined Land Bank in 2016 as Business Coordinator in the Strategy, Policy and Marketing division. During 2017 with the structural changes implemented, he transferred to Commercial Development and Business Banking division as a Business Support Manager.
Mpho is not new to the Land Bank, he was appointed on 15 November 2019 as an FTC and has now been appointed permanently effective, 01 April 2021.
He holds a BCom Accounting Degree from the University of Venda and he has more than eight years in auditing with over five years specialising in forensic investigations. Mpho has been exposed to both private and public sectors, with client experiences from Eskom, SAPS, National Lotteries, Gauteng Treasury, Edu-loan etc. He also has vast experience in public sector regulatory frameworks such as PFMA, MFMA, MSA, CPA, PRECCA, Treasury Regulations to name a few. He has been involved as a lead investigator in numerous investigations which yielded positive outcomes. Mpho is a Microsoft champion and also proficient in various auditing and investigation tools.
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