Deloitte Southern Africa Board
B Acc (Wits), CA (SA)
Trevor Brown was admitted as a partner of Deloitte in 1988 and has served the firm for 34 years. He was appointed partner-in-charge of the Johannesburg Audit office in 1997, and was appointed to the firm's Executive Committee (Exco) in 1998 as the service line leader of Audit. During 2005, he was appointed as the Clients and Markets leader of the Southern African firm, continuing to serve on Exco. In 2011, Trevor resigned from Exco and was elected to the Board on 1 September 2011 as the Johannesburg representative, and was elected by the newly appointed Board as its chairman for the next three years.
He has been actively involved as advisory partner to many of the Southern African firm’s audit clients and is currently a lead client service partner to The Bidvest Group.
B Acc, CA (SA)
Mike Comber joined the firm in 1973. He studied through the University of Natal Durban and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979. He spent two years working in the United States and United Kingdom in the early 1980s and upon his return to South Africa was appointed as an Audit partner in 1985.
Mike was the KwaZulu-Natal regional staff partner for six years followed by six years as the business unit leader of the KwaZulu-Natal Assurance and Advisory Services business, before moving to Johannesburg. During the 32 years he spent in the Durban office, Mike served many clients in the region including, among others Illovo Sugar Ltd, Dunlop Africa Ltd, the Massdiscounters Chain, a division of Masstores (Pty) Ltd, Crookes Brothers Ltd and McCarthy Retail Ltd. He also had advisory partner responsibilities in respect of a number of other clients.
Lwazi Bam was appointed Chief Executive of Deloitte Southern Africa on 1 June 2012 and Chief Executive of Deloitte Africa on 1 June 2013.
Lwazi was previously the Strategy leader at Deloitte, as well as the head of Corporate Finance. Lwazi has been with Deloitte for 19 years and has served in several roles, including as a member of the Deloitte Board. Lwazi has advised on a number of Merger and Acquisition transactions. His portfolio of experience covers buy-side and sell-side advisory, capital raising, management buy-outs, valuations and due diligence services. Lwazi is a former member of the Securities Regulation Panel (SRP) and is a past president of the Association of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA). He is also chairman of the African Children’s Feeding Scheme.
Chief Operating Officer
Allen Swiegers was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Deloitte Southern Africa on 1 June 2006. He has served the firm for 28 years. Allen was the partner-in-charge of the Pretoria office from 2000 to 2006 and served as a Board member for two of those years before joining the Executive Committee.
Allen is the sponsor of the firm’s cultural programme Deloitte Way which was launched in 2005. Our Deloitte Way programme is aligned to our Global Shared Values, which include integrity, commitment to each other, strength from cultural diversity, and outstanding value to clients. Through Deloitte Way, we encourage our staff to live the Deloitte Way behaviours every day, and recognise their colleagues for doing the same.
Chief Financial Officer
Mike Jarvis was appointed the Chief Financial Officer on 1 June 2014. In addition to this role, Mike is the Chief Operating Officer for Central, East and West Africa.
Mike has served the firm for 28 years, with the last 19 years as a partner. He also served as a member of the Southern Africa Board of Partners and Directors from June 2003 to August 2008. Mike was later appointed a group leader in Johannesburg Audit in September 2001 and he served as Head of Johannesburg Audit from March 2007 to August 2013.
B Com (Acc) Cum Laude; B Com (Acc) (Hons)
Geoff Fortuin has been a partner in the firm for almost 13 years and has had significant exposure to the property sector. He also serves as lead client service partner to listed company Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited and has served listed clients such as Sea Harvest Corporation Limited and Command Holdings Limited.
Geoff was previously the business unit leader for Audit in Cape Town and was previously responsible for Learning and Transformation.
Geoff served on the Education Committee of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants for five years. He was appointed to the Board in 2011.
B Com Acc (Wits), CA (SA)
Nazeer Essop joined the firm in 1997 and was admitted as a partner of Deloitte in 2004 based in the Pretoria office and has served the firm for 15 years.
Nazeer was the lead client service partner for the South African Reserve Bank and is currently the lead client service partner for the Auditor-General of South Africa and the South African Post Office. In addition, Nazeer is also the National Public Sector leader for Deloitte in Southern Africa.
Tony Zoghby is the South African lead client service partner of the Anglo American Group where he is responsible for the delivery of all services from Deloitte on a global basis. He has also just assumed the role of lead client service partner on the Murray & Roberts Group.
Tony has over 26 years of experience serving a range of clients, particularly those in the mining industry and has built his career focusing on clients with international interests that require multinational client service.
He is currently the Deloitte Africa industry leader for Mining, having just rotated out of his second term as Deloitte Global leader for Mining.
BA (Hons) (Ghana)
Charles is a Chartered Certified Accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK). He joined Deloitte in January 2000. He moved to the Corporate Finance practice of Deloitte in 2003 and was appointed a director in January 2007.
With over 11 years of experience in Deloitte, Charles has been responsible for developing the firm’s services around valuations required for financial reporting purposes. He currently leads the IFRS valuation work in Deloitte Southern Africa, and was appoionted business unit leader of Corporate Finance in 2012.
Bonga Nyembe joined the firm in 2000 in the Entrepreneurial Services division (ES). He studied through the University of Natal Durban. On completion of his articles he was seconded to the New York office, through the firm’s JIT programme. On his return, he rejoined the South African practice as a manager in ES. He was appointed as a partner in Johannesburg Audit in June 2006.
Bonga has been actively involved in the transformation initiatives of the firm and has been the Transformation champion for Johannesburg Audit from 2005. In 2010 he was appointed as the Talent leader for Johannesburg Audit and was appointed to the management committee of the same business unit in June 2011.
BA LLB (Wits)
HDip Tax (Wits)
HDip International Tax (RAU)
Billy Joubert has been a partner in the firm for 22 years. He has extensive experience in specialist consulting across a wide range of tax disciplines and has been a specialist in transfer pricing since 2002. As a subject matter expert, Billy regularly contributes to articles for publication in the press and is regularly interviewed on TV and radio on tax-related matters.
Within Deloitte, Billy is the leader of the transfer pricing team within Tax. This team has done extensive transfer pricing assignments for all the major banks in South Africa as well as for clients across all business sectors within the country, including mining, telecommunications, freight and logistics, and the motor industry.
Anthea Scholtz is a director in Taxation Services and the leader of the national Tax Oil & Gas industry team for South Africa. She also heads up the Oil & Gas industry group for the Western Cape office. She specialises in corporate tax, personal tax and expatriate taxation and provides tax advisory and tax compliance services to a number of multinational oil and gas companies and to various companies who service the industry. Anthea is also the leader of the Western Cape Global Employer Services unit and is currently also the national chairperson of the Deloitte Women in Leadership committee for Deloitte South Africa.
BA (Hons) (Ghana)
Dip. Mass Communication (Ghana)
BSc (Hons) Sociology (Zim)
MSc Industrial Sociology (Zim)
Nthobi Angel is an external advisor to the Deloitte Board of Partners and Directors. In addition, she is chairman of a Women’s Group, TsaRona Investments, a director of ABSA Group and ABSA Bank and a director of Batho Bonke Capital. Nthobi is active in nature conservation and is a director of the Open Africa Initiative and the Peace Parks Foundation.
She chairs the ABSA Brand and Reputation sub-committee, and is a trustee of the ABSA Foundation and Kagiso Trust.
From 1994 to 1995, Nthobi was the public affairs manager at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer SA (Proprietary) Limited.
Professor Njabulo Ndebele
M.A. English Literature
B.A. English and Philosophy
Njabulo Ndebele is renowned as an academic, a literary and a writer of fiction, with a Ph.D. English in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Denver. Apart from completing a number of literary works and publications for which is he has been widely recognised, Njabulo has achieved the distinction of 11 honorary doctorates from universities across four continents. He has also served as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Cape Town and most recently, has been inaugurated as the Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg.