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Meet Our Team

Sisa Rafuza

Chief Executive Officer

As the founder and CEO of Adowa, Sisa provides the guiding vision for Adowa whilst providing strategic direction and supporting the team in their execution of the company’s overall strategy. Sisa manages, develops and sustains effective working relations with all stakeholders to ensure that the company’s objectives are achieved. He is also very involved in the finance and property development side of Adowa’s business and his hands on leadership style keeps him engaged in all aspects of the business.

Prior to starting Adowa; Sisa spent 14 years working as an equity analyst and fund manager. Sisa started his career at Metropolitan Asset Managers now MMI Investments and later joined Sanlam Investment Management (SIM). At MMI Sisa co-managed an Equity fund and an SRI/Private Equity fund. Other responsibilities he had included researching Telecommunications, Media, Electronics, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare companies. At SIM, Sisa was responsible for equity research of small and midcap companies and also he was co-manager of the small and midcap funds.

Sisa holds directorship in serveral companies spanning from Property, IT and other various industries.

Misheck Chingaya

Acting Chief Fininacial Officer

Misheck serves as the acting Chief Financial Officer for Adowa. He is responsible for providing strategic and financial guidance to ensure that the company’s financial commitments are met. He oversees the preparation of the company’s financial accounts and budgets, the development, implementation and maintenance of internal controls, policies and procedures.

Misheck is a Chartered Accountant CA(SA) by profession. He has over 17 years’ banking experience across various private sector industries including construction, manufacturing, facilities management and property development and the public sector.

Siyavuya Papu

Head of Development Management

Siya serves as the Head Executive Project Management for Adowa. Siya oversees and manages all our projects on a national level. Building and managing project teams and ensuring quality control throughout our different project life cycles are central to her position. She is also instrumental in the transition of sites from construction to operational status.

With over 13 years’ experience in the built environment industry, Siya began her career in the architecture field, and spent the last few years working as a project manager for STAG African, a property development group that specialises in pioneering Innovative building technologies for the construction of student accommodation in and around South Africa. She managed and monitored their construction sites, tracking development and liaising between different stakeholders throughout the project life cycle.

Siya is also currently the administrator for the Association of College and University Housing Officers International – South African Chapter (ACUHO-I SAC). ACUHO-I SAC is a home for everyone who is the university housing profession in South Africa, that provides access to resources and experiences addressing the profession’s most complex issues.

Shivon Wiggins

Non-executive director

Shivon sits on the board of directors of Adowa as a non-executive director. Her role is to provide support to the executive team, giving an independent perspective to the appraisal of investments.

Shivon graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand a BSc in Town and Regional Planning.  She has, for almost 35 years, been a dedicated developmental advocate and champion, with a sustained passion for the property industry. Ms Wiggins has extensive executive, non-executive and senior managerial experience in private business, at non-profit organisations and on national, provincial and local government levels. She has been a non-executive director on several boards and a member of the Municipal Demarcation Board, as well as several town planning and land use tribunals.  She currently the Operations Director at Spaces Places & Partnerships.

Zanele Monnakgotla

Non-executive director

Zanele sits on the board of directors of Adowa as a non-executive director. Her role is to provide support to the executive team, giving an independent perspective to the appraisal of investments.

Zanele currently holds the following qualifications: : B.Com , Master in Finance and Master of Laws in Tax .

She has over 20 years financial services experience having worked for a number of leading financial services companies in South Africa and on the continent namely Investec  and the Industrial Development Corporation (“IDC”), The Development bank of Southern Africa ( “DBSA”) and Ecobank Transnational ( “Ecobank “) She  has  vast experience as a board member having sat on numerous listed and unlisted board and on boards of international companies.

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