Executive Committee

Thamsanqa Basil Hlongwa 
Thamsanqa Basil Hlongwa   
Chief Executive
Msizi Cele Msizi Cele
General Manager: Operations.
Steve Gillham Sbusiso Mjwara
Executive - infrastructure development
Moketenyane Fortunate Moleko Nomalungelo Mkhize
Executive - finance

Marsha Phillips 
Thulasizwe Derrick Shangase
Acting executive - corporate services

Marsha Phillips 
Manu Pillay
Executive for Scientific & Engineering Services

Sibusiso Madonsela;
Sibusiso Madonsela
Company Secretary

Umgeni Water has a three-tiered management structure:

  • The Board of Umgeni Water is the official Accounting Authority as per the Public Finance Management Act (No.1 of 1999), as amended; (PFMA) and
  • The organisation's Executive Committee (Exco)
  • Senior managers

The 15-member, non-Executive Board guides the Executive team on strategic policy issues, and the sub-committees of the Board meet regularly and provide guidance to the Board. On 30th June 2017 the term of office of the Board expired and the Minister of Water and Sanitation took a decision not to extend it. By then the Board had already served two four-year terms. An interim Board comprising seven members was appointed by the Minister of Water and Sanitation in September 2017. This Board is the Accounting Authority and it will serve until a permanent Board is appointed.

The Executive team implements decisions of the Board and manages the organisation on a day-to-day basis. This Executive structure is supported by a number of Senior Managers who provide technical information and assist the Executive team. On areas of strategic importance to the organisation, Umgeni Water consults and shares and receives information through Staff Information Sessions, Site Visits, the Staff Advisory Council and through bilateral meetings with Nehawu, the recognised union at the organisation.

Normal management meetings with staff are ongoing. Regular consultation and information meetings are held with customers, the Department of Water and Sanitation and the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, as well as with the investor community, to inform them of organisational matters.