Management Structure

Nomalungelo Mkhize
Acting Chief Executive

Mrs. Nomalungelo Mkhize - CA (SA)

Chartered Accountant (SA); BCom Honours.

Appointed as Executive Finance in December 2018.

Has held various roles including Audit Manager in one of the big four audit firms (Deloitte), Commercial Manager for a packaging company (Nampak), Group Assistant Finance Manager for a listed company in the agricultural sector (Crookes Brothers Limited), and various senior management positions in consulting firms, the latest being an Executive for Product Development (Bonakude Consulting) and Director (Morar Incorporated).

Kajal Singh

Ms. Kajal Singh - CA (SA)

Appointed as Acting Chief Financial Officer in November 2020.

Employed at Umgeni Water as the Manager: Treasury from 2005 to 2014 and as Manager: Treasury & Financial Planning since 2014 to date. Responsible for overseeing the Treasury Management, Financial Planning and Project Accounting departments within the Finance division in the organisation. Responsible for the Pricing of Water Services as well as the financial plan in support of the organisations Corporate Plan. Fulfilled the Acting CFO role at Umgeni Water between October 2011 and March 2012.

CA (SA) Qualified in 2005 after completing 3-year articles with Deloitte. Member of the Board of Trustees of SaveAct Trust an NPO based in Pietermaritzburg and chairperson of its Finance Committee. Awarded Umgeni Water Finance Division Manager of the Year in 2019. Currently fulfilling the role as Acting Chief Financial Officer at Umgeni Water.

Ms. Nosipho Nontokozo Makhubu_website
Chief Audit Executive

Ms. Nosipho Nontokozo Makhubu

Appointed as Chief Audit Executive in February 2021.

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Associate General Accountant (AGA), BCom Accounting, Post
Graduate Diploma in Accounting Sciences & Post Graduate Diploma in Internal Auditing.

Former Chief Financial Officer at Okhahlamba Local Municipality, Chief Audit Executive & Manager
Audit, Risk & Compliance UThukela District Municipality from 2013 to 2019.

Her experience also includes private sector audit & consulting roles with Lee Oosthuizen & Smith Inc. from 2008 to 2013. She has also served on a number of governance roles which include being a member of the Audit & Performance Audit Committee at Emadlangeni Municipality, Audit & Risk Committee at Gert Sibande TVET college, and as a Board Member for the KZN Department of health (Dannhauser CHC).

Manu Pillay
Executive Science Services

Mrs. Manu Pillay

Professional Natural Scientist (SACNASP); MSc Eng (Chem).

Appointed as Executive Scientific Services in December 2018.

Non-Executive Director of Msinsi Holdings SOC Ltd from January 2019. Trustee of the Umgeni Water Retirement Fund from April 2016. Manager: Strategy & Special Projects at Umgeni Water from 2008 to 2018. Manager: Water and Environmental Services from 1998 to 2008.

Sbusiso Mjwara
Executive - Infrastructure Development

Mr. Sibusiso Mjwara

National Diploma (Civil Engineering); Professional Engineering Technologist (ECSA); Project Management Programme; Certificates in Municipal Finance Management and Labour Intensive Construction.

Appointed as Executive Infrastructure Development in November 2018.

Executive Member and KZN Branch Chairman of the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA). ECSA Moderator/Assessor/Interviewer. Senior Contracts Engineer at Royal Haskoning DHV from 2017 to 2018. Senior Manager: Construction at eThekwini Water & Sanitation from 2016 to 2017. Divisional Head: Water & Sanitation Infrastructure Planning & Development at UMDM from 2006 to 2016. Project Management Unit Manager, Municipal Infrastructure Grant at UMDM from 2004 to 2006.  Chief Civil/Structural Technician at Emzansi Consulting Engineers from 2002 to 2004. Civil Engineering Technician at BCP Engineers from 1998 to 2002.

Dr James Manana
Executive - Corporate Services

Dr. Sipho James Manana

PhD in Development Management (North-West University); MBA (UKZN); BA Honours in Human Resource Development (University of Johannesburg) and BSc (University of Fort Hare).

Appointed as Executive Corporate Services in June 2019.

Has over 30 years of experience in the Public Sector, in various senior positions, the last being the Acting Director-General: Department of Public Service and Administration reporting directly to the National Minister.

Mr. Sandile Dube_Website
Executive - Operations

Mr. Sandile Bonga Dube

Professional Engineering Technologist (ECSA), Professional Project Manager

Appointed as Executive Operations in February 2021.

Master of Science degree in Engineering (Wits), a Bachelor of Technology Degree: Civil Engineering (DUT), National Diploma: Civil Engineering (DUT), Ph.D. candidate (Wits).

Former Chief Engineer – MISA. Has over 20 years’ experience within the Civil Engineering field. In his career, he has been directly involved in contract supervision, civil and structural designs, contract administration and management duties of rural and urban roads, railways, water & sanitation, structures, buildings, and electricity & mechanical in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, Free State, North West and Limpopo Province (SA).

Tshepo Maake


Admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa.

Appointed Acting Company Secretary from 01 April 2021.

LLB (UWC); PLT (UCT); Certificate in Property Law & Conveyancing (SAPLS); Certificate in Legislative Drafting (UP); Certificate in Strategic Management (UNISA); Post Graduate Diploma in Drafting & Interpretation of Contract (UJ); Post Graduate Diploma in Compliance (UJ); Senior Leadership Development Programme (UKZN); Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Law (UJ).

Prior to occupying this position, he was the Senior Manager of Umgeni Water’s Legal Services Department from 01 May 2014 to 31 March 2021.

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 13-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 Management. Sub-Committees report to the Board on their activities in line with the developed terms of references.

The Chief Executive assisted by the Executive Committee 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.