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Meet Our Team

Mr 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.

Ms Phuti Lamola

Chief Financial Officer

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

Phuti is a Chartered Accountant CA(SA) by profession. She has over 17 years’ experience across various industries including construction, manufacturing, facilities management and property development. Prior to joining Adowa, Phuti served as a divisional financial director for CBRE (GWS) Middle East and Africa where she gained valuable experience in international reporting, financial management and accounting, taxation and statutory compliance. 

Ms Siyavuya Papu

Executive – Project 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.

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