Board of directors

Section 62(2) of the ECT Act requires the Minister of Communications to appoint a selection or nomination panel, and then issue a public call for nominations to the Board of Directors. The nomination panel interviews the short-listed nominees and recommends appointments to the Minister. The Minister then chooses to accept all the recommended appointments or to refer some back to the panel for further consideration.

The current Directors are:

Adv Motlatjo Josephine Ralefatane - Chairperson

Adv Motlatjo Josephine Ralefatane is the Chairperson of the .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) , the statutory regulator and manager of the .za namespace.

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Adv Motlatjo Josephine Ralefatane - Chairperson


  • B. Proc; [University of the North]
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB); [University of the North]
  • Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (admitted 1996)
  • Certificate in Labour Relations; [University of Pretoria]
  • Certificate in Human Rights; [University of Pretoria]
  • Certificate in Corporate Governance; [Institute of Directors of South Africa]
  • Certificate in Directorship; [University of the Witwatersrand]
  • Certificate in Audit Committee[ Institute of Directors of South Africa]

Adv. Ralefatane also holds various other qualifications from several institutions. She is practising as Advocate.

She has contributed in the education sphere when she became a Law Lecturer at the University of the North     (University of Limpopo) for 2 years and also a part time Law Lecturer at University of South Africa (UNISA) for about 10 years cumulative.

It was very humbling to be appointed the Reviewer of Journals/Manuscripts in the United Kingdom (UK).

Upon completion from tertiary, she was employed as Senior Legal Advisor at Eastern Gauteng Services Council (EGSC) now called Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality where she became Acting Manager Legal and Property department. She later went to Pietersburg/Polokwane TLC to take up the position as Head Legal and Administration services department.

In 2000 Adv. Ralefatane was  appointed the CCMA Commissioner for two terms and during this period she was also appointed at various bargaining councils including GPSSBC, ELRC, NBCCI, SALGBC, SSSBC  etc, her duties involved conciliation, mediation, facilitation and arbitration of Labour disputes.  Her experience in the disputes resolution fraternity extended further when she was appointed Land Disputes mediator for the Department of Rural Development and Land Affairs and also a conciliator at pension funds disputes at the pension fund Adjudicator (PFA). Advocate Ralefatane is an accredited Mediator of the Court Annexed Mediation in South Africa.

Adv. Ralefatane is also a former Acting Judge of the Labour Court of South Africa.

Other board membership and professional affiliations (PAST and Current)

  • Member of board: South African Medical Research Council (MRC) also member of Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member of board: Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) also member of Audit and Risk Committee
  • Deputy Chairperson: Luthuli Museum
  • Chairperson: .ZA  Domain Name Authority (ZADNA)
  • Chairperson: Risk Management Committee: Gauteng Department of Health
  • Chairperson: Audit, ICT and Risk Committee: SA Pharmacy Council (SAPC)
  • Council member: Ditsong Museum of South Africa also Chairperson of HR and Remuneration Committee
  • Chairperson: South African State Theatre (SAST)
  • Chairperson: Appeals adjudication: ITSAA
  • Member of the Institute of Directors (IoDSA)
  • Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA South Africa) and serving on the Special Interest Groups (SIG) of the IIA South Africa
  • Member Risk Management Committee: (RAF)
  • Council Member and Member of Audit and Risk Committee: Ekurhuleni East College
  • Non-executive director
  • Road Accident Find (RAF)
  • Board: Sedibeng Water
  • Chairperson of the Human Capital and Remuneration committee
  • Road Accident Find (RAF)
  • Risk and Audit Committee members (RAF)
  • Non-executive director; Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP)
  • Chairperson of Audit Committee; Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality

Adv. Ralefatane has held various other non-executive directors positions in boards and board sub-committees, she is actively involved in community development initiatives, frequently requested as a speaker in different events/conferences/seminars, and so zealous in the up-liftment of women.

She also held roles as member of the Refugee Appeals Board and Appeals Adjudicator on foreign nationals’ appeals.


  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • African Court Coalition on Effective Human and People’s Rights
  •  Institute of Internal Auditors IIA (IIASA and Global membership)
  • International Association of Refugees Law Judges (IARLJ)
  • Member of the Institute of Directors (IoDSA)
  • South African Association of Mediators (SAAM)

Vika Mpisane - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Vika Mpisane is the CEO of the .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) , the statutory regulator and manager of .za - the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for South Africa.

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Vika Mpisane - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

He has broad experience in policy development in areas such as trade and industry, economic policy, labour, education and ICT development. Since 2006 he has served in the Board of Directors (Excom) of Africa Top Level Domains (AfTLD) - the association of African ccTLDs. Since 2009 he is serving as the AfTLD’s President/Chairman, and has (since 2010) provided leadership of AfTLD’s positioning & involvement in the dotAfrica project. He was elected into the council of the ICANN country code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO) in 2009 and continues as the ccNSO councilor until 2015. In the council, he is involved in its ccNSO Meetings Program Working Group (WG) and Finance WG.
His previous work experience includes working as a Public Sector Marketing Manager at Cortell International (an international business software consulting firm), running his own consultancy, working as a Programmes Director of NEDLAC (National Economic Development & Labour Council) of SA, and working as a Transformation Officer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in SA.
Vika graduated with a B.Proc degree in 1997 and LLB (Honours law degree) in 1998 from University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Dr Nondumiso Yvonne Helen Mzizana

Dr Nondumiso Yvonne Helen Mzizana is a Non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) ; she also serves as a member of the board of the following institutions:

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Dr Nondumiso Yvonne Helen Mzizana

  • Senior Lecturer at Medical University of South Africa for 10 years
  • Dental Practitioner for 4 years
  • Chief Executive Officer: Sikelela Medical and Dental Supplies for 14 years
  • Entrepreneur for 18 years


  • MB CHD (Medical University of South Africa)
  • Dip Odontology. (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Master of Science (University of Pretoria)

Board Membership:

  • Advisory Panel to the MEC of Gauteng Economic Development
  • Board Leadership, Gordon Institute of Business (GIBS)
  • Board Member, .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA)
  • Board Member, Northern Cape Economic Development, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency
  • Entrepreneurial Report Writer for the Minister of Economic Development


  • BWASA Businesswoman of the Year 2011
  • Golden Key International Certificate awarded by the University of Pretoria
  • Nominated as the most influential Business Women Leader in South Africa by African Business News
  • (ABN), Invitation to participate in all Africa Business Leaders with CNBC Africa

Media Releases:

  • Leadership Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Financial Mail, Sunday Times, City Press, The Star,
  • The Citizen, Pretoria News and Herald, Various TV and Radio Programmes

Olgar Morata

Olgar Morata is a highly motivated Attorney duly admitted in 2003 with more than 10 years legal, governance and management experience.

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Olgar Morata

Olgar Morata


2011 June – to date  MOGOKARE ATTORNEYS
Position                        Director
Position                        Corporate Attorney
Position                        Acting Magistrate  
Position                        Candidate Attorney & Professional Assistant


Served as a Chairperson for Independent Appeals Tribunal for the Department of Social Development (2010 - 2011).
Served as an Audit Committee member of the Limpopo Provincial Treasury (2009 – 2012), the Department of Economic Development, Mpumalanga (2011 – 2014), Mookgopong District Municipality (2012 -2014) and the North West Provincial Treasury (2012 to date).
Served as a Council member of Robben Island Museum and further chairing their Governance Sub-Committee (2010 -2013), and for Council for Medical Schemes and also sitting on their Appeals Committee (2011 – 2014).

Dr. Jonty Tshipa, PhD (Financial Management Science)

Jonty Tshipa is a Non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA). He is currently Director: Corporate Services at Brand South Africa. Jonty has more than 20 years’ experience spanning across Credit Management (lending, collections/recoveries), Vendor Management, Commercialization/Business Development...

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Dr. Jonty Tshipa, PhD (Financial Management Science)

Jonty has more than 20 years’ experience spanning across Credit Management (lending, collections/recoveries), Vendor Management, Commercialization/Business Development, Project Management, Investment Strategy, Risk Management, Financial Statement Analysis, Quality Management and Strategy. A seasoned professional who has worked in almost all sectors of the economy such as Education, Utility, Mining, ICT, Financial Services, Government and Media, occupying roles such as, amongst others, Project Engineer (at Eskom), Explosives Engineer (at AEL), Senior Technical Consultant (at Gijima) and Head: Credit Recoveries (at Standard Bank).

His corporate governance experience landed him a contract in 2012/13 as a Company Secretary at Ubank under his company, Tshipa Consulting. He is currently a Director: Corporate Services at Brand South Africa.

Jonty has boardroom experience having served a full 3-year term as a Board member of South African Weather Services, where he is also a Committee Member of Audit and Risk, Strategic Programmes and HR/REMCO. In his spare time after work, Jonty continues to Play his Part by lecturing Financial and Credit Risk Management (on a part time basis) to final year B-Tech Students at Tshwane University of Technology. He has a diverse qualification set such as PhD (Financial Management Science) with University of Pretoria, Masters Finance & Investment (Cum laude) from Wits, MBA (Gold Award) from TUT, Electrical Engineering from Natal, Project Management in IT from Unisa and Global Remuneration Professional (GRP) from SARA.

He has had many academic accolades during his tertiary days, such as, amongst others, being the Top Achiever for MBA 2nd year student and MBA 3rd student. His second Masters of Finance & Investment was acquired through Wits Business School with a distinction (Cum laude).

As a proponent of corporate governance, he has written two articles which have been published in accredited reputable international journals.

  • Tshipa, J. and Mokoaleli-Mokoteli, T (2015), “The South African Code of Corporate Governance: The relationship between compliance and financial performance: Evidence from South African publicly listed companies”, International Scientific Journal of Corporate Ownership and Control, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 149-170.
  • Tshipa, J. and Mokoaleli-Mokoteli, T (2015), “The impact of board gender in the boardroom on firm performance: A South African perspective”, Corporate Board: Role, Duties and Composition, Vol. 11, pp. 201-233

Dr Nono Mohutsioa-Mathabathe

Dr Nono Mohutsioa-Mathabathe is a Non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA).

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Dr Nono Mohutsioa-Mathabathe


Dr Nono obtained her Ph.D and Masters' Degree ( in Education and Counseling Psychology-from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, USA). Her undergraduate and honours Degrees she obtained from the Former "Turfloop University-now called the "University of Limpopo). And her business acumen emanates from the School of Business Leadership (SBL)  Unisa where she enrolled and obtained her DPLR and FP.

She worked at Texas Women's University's Counseling Centre  as a Senior Staff Psychologist. And conducted individual and Group sessions on a myriad of issues: from depression, Substance Abuse to Sexual Assault, and developed training Groups and workshop for women on coping mechanisms: e.g self-esteem building, Assertiveness training, Eating Disorders Therapy Groups, Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

HSRC: worked for a year at the Social Dynamics Division doing research on Social issues such as Family Murders, Teenage Suicides etc. Until she was head-hunted by Telkom SA (Head Office-Pretoria)


She was employed as the first Black Woman Manager/Executive at Telkom SA in charge of Human Resources and Transformation/Affirmative Action". pre-1994 when Affirmative Action and Transformation were "regarded as "Reverse Discrimination" by those who enjoyed the Status Quo brought about by the Legacy of Apartheid. She was not liked nor welcomed by all those who were change"/transformation" and she fought for the disadvantaged", dis- empowered Black people from Waiters and Waitresses in Telkom's operations and restaurants to Unions members who had been there for years yet "disregarded for promotions and training opportunities. 

She fought for the "integration of the organisation", Eradication of all forms of Discrimination", Equalising Opportunities for all including Black people and women", and Affirmative Recruitment of Black people and women with potential". She was regarded as a "Tough cookie". or a Gutsy Woman". Her wealth of experience in the Telecoms and working with all the Stakeholders including the Labour Unions is also attributed to her Industrial and Counseling Psychology background.

She had a wealth of experience in Business and Leadership Development, Women's development and empowerment stands out like a sore thumb".

  • She was on the delegation that put together the initial Draft and final Green and White Papers on the Telecommunications Industry in 1995
  • She also played a Strategic role with the other Stakeholders during "Telkom's Search for an Equity Partner" in 1995 and the advent of " Telkom-Thintana"n Consortium

She has presented papers and addressed international and national conferences on "a host of topics on "Women and Oppression", Women's Empowerment", Leadership and Mentorship" and how to " Maintain your psychological sanity when things seem to be falling apart" the list goes on and on. She's busy finalising two books one of which is her Autobiography.

She has served on a number of Boards:

  • Alexkor SOC
  • At TNG-
  • At the former-Pretoria Technikon (before the Merger)
  •  AA-As the Chairperson of the Employment Conditions/HR Sub-Committee-Merged TUT
  •  As the Board Chairperon-TUT
  • Board member: The State Theatre
  • Board member "Pick it Up" (TO MENTION A FEW)

Mr. Mcebo Rich Khumalo

Mcebo Rich Khumalo is a Non-Executive Director at ZADNA.

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Mr. Mcebo Rich Khumalo

Directorship : Non-Executive Director ZaDNA (2015-2019)        
                       : Managing Director Sthwathwa Coms & Project PTY (ltd) (2012)    
                       : Executive Director NYDA (2009-2012) Committees Chair’s   
Administrative responsibilities:

Worked for IEC firstly as the Democracy Education Facilitator (DEF) and later was appointed as Area project Coordinator.
Development Committee Advanced Training Acquired:

  • Advance Crime Prevention and Awareness (Esayidi TVET) (2014)
  • Disability and Social Inclusion (UCT) (2012)
  • Advance Course of Directorship (IOD SA) (2009)
  • Community Involvement
  • Executive Chairperson (Baba Projects NPO) (2014-20149)
  • Executive Committee Member (Amandawe Rock Ages Assembly AFM) (2013-2014)
  • Disability and Social Inclusion (UCT) (2012)

Academic History

University of KwaZulu-Natal Degree.

B. Social Sciences General 2ndlevel : Politics
                                    : ECH& Development Studies
                                    : Isizulu
                                    : Music

Nicholas Msibi

Nicholas Msibi is a Non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA). He serves as finance committee chair and member of the technical committee at ZADNA.

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Nicholas Msibi

A highly energetic, versatile, result oriented and resilient leader with excellent leadership and management track record. Has 16 years of experience in engineering management, project management, people management, business administration, risk management, strategy development and execution, financial management, and business process operationalization. Holds a National diploma (Electrical Engineering, TUT), B. eng degree (Electrical Engineering, University of Pretoria), MDP (University of Pretoria), GDE (Industrial Engineering, Wits university) and an MBA (Gibs). Has a Master of Business Administration with research exposure on strategic management and integrated risk management.
Have great aspirations for making indirect or direct large scale economic contribution to the South African economy through dynamic leadership and management attributes.

Nirvani Dhevcharran (Mrs)

Nirvani Dhevcharran is a Non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA); she also serves on the following Boards: Non-executive member on the Council of Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT); - Non-executive member of the Board of Directors on Overberg Water Board; - Non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the Tertiary Education Network (TENET); as well as, Member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa.

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Nirvani Dhevcharran (Mrs)

Nirvani previously served on the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) Board.

She is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Chair of Information Technology (IT) Committee at CPUT. She is a member of the Technical Committee at ZADNA. She is a member of the Audit Committee at Overberg Water.

Nirvani was a member of the Audit Committee, Strategic Committee and Human Resources Committee at SITA.

Coupled with the above experience, Nirvani is employed by Pearson, as the Executive Director of Technology for Pearson South Africa. Pearson is a global company, which previously focused on publishing of printed educational materials. It is changing focus and is now focused mainly on enhancing learning through all ages using digital media. Pearson South Africa also owns 2 private universities CTI and MGI. A critical component of the role is to ensure alignment of the technology strategy to that of the business strategy, both at a global and national level. 

Nirvani has over 20 years  of Technology experience in various industry sectors. She has worked in multi-disciplinary environments and has had to drive the strategy and implementation of technologies in these environments. Her key principal to ensure success is the close engagement with varying levels of information services staff. Nirvani worked collaboratively with Executives of organisations to ensure that information services are seen as key enablers to drive the business success.  She believes in the power of Team effectiveness.

Nirvani’s qualifications include MSc (Computer Science), Advanced Business Program (ABP) and MCSE. She qualified as the top student for the ABP program.

Ant Brooks

Ant Brooks is a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA).

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Ant Brooks

While obtaining an Electrical Engineering degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in the 1990, he became interested in the nascent South African Internet industry, and was part of a group of students who co-ordinated a series of industry and Internet community meetings to address key Internet issues at the time, including the re-delegation of the .CO.ZA subdomain 1995.

  • In June 1996, he was involved in the establishment of the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA), an industry body that has represented the interests of ISPs in South African for almost two decades. He served as General Manager of ISPA from 2006 until 2011, and remains  involved as a Special Advisor. In 2004, Ant Brooks assisted in the creation of the Wireless Application Service Providers' Association (WASPA), the self-regulatory body for mobile applications and services, and played a key role in developing WASPA's Code of Conduct.

Ant Brooks was appointed to the Board of ZADNA in 2007, and re-appointed for a second term in 2015. In addition to his duties as a member of the Board, he also serves on ZADNA's Technical Committee. In 2012, as part of the restructuring of UniForum to form the ZA Central Registry (ZACR), he was asked to serve on the Board of ZACR. He has a keen interest in the technical and governance aspects of the domain name system, and a passion for making .ZA domain names more accessible to South African Internet users.