Brian Van Rooyen

Chief Executive Officer
Appointed: 10 June 1999

He holds a National Higher Diploma (Accounting), a Advanced Business Programme certificate and completed a SMME Development course in Cranefield London. He is a member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants.

Brian is an accountant with over 30 years of commercial experience gained nationally and internationally in a variety of industries. He completed a National Higher Diploma in 1988 and an advanced Business Programme in 1990. He also attended a SMME Development course in Cranfield London.

Brian holds a professional membership with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants.

Brian Van Roooyen is the Chief Executive Officer of Labat Africa Ltd, which he founded in 1995 with Victor Labat. The Group is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Mr Van Rooyen Has More than 30 years of business experience and suring this time he has served various positions in Industry including Directorships of SBDC, Italtile, Sqaure one Solutions, Africard, SAMES and SAFDICO.

He has been involved with high profile government assignments as projects director, amongst others the transformation of the Department of Public Works,, the establishment of City Power, the transformation of the Department of Water Affairs and SAP implementation at Eskom.

Mr Van Rooyen has been actively involved in the establishment and advancement of new technologies and has been involved in numerous entities such as Chem City with SASOL.

Mr Van Rooyen, a former provincial rugby player, was instrumental in the unificationprocess of rugby in Gauteng that led to the unification of the sport nationally. He was a provincial rugby referee and held various positions including that of Deputy President and Acting President of the Golden Lions Rugby Union, President of the SOuth African Rugby Unionand executive member oof the International Rugby Board. He also campaigned vigorously for the transformation of sport, specifically rugby, which saw him appointed as a commisioner of the South African Sports Commision. Mr Van Rooyen was also an executive memeber of the Confederation of African Rugby.

Mr Van Rooyen is an advocate for transformation and has chaired various NGO’s. He has been and remains, actively involved in various communities. He established the Eldoradopark Sports and Cultural Trust, served as chairman of the Ennerdale Town Council and was a councilor in the transition period in 1995
Mr Van Rooyen served as chairman of the Johannesburg(west) Audit Comittee, The Department of Spoorts and Recreation Audit Committee, The South African Sports Commision Audit Committee and is a founding member of the Association for the ADvancement of Black Accountants in South Africa.

He is a recipient of numerous awards, amongst them from the Sol Plaatjie Municipality as Kimberlite of the year.

Mr Van Rooyen served on the board of International Rugby Board Ltd as both director and Executive member. He was also a director of SANZAR Lts, a public company registered in Australia and New Zealand. He served on the finance committee of the IRB Ltd in Ireland and is director of SAFDICO Botswana.
Prior to Founding Labat in 1995, Mr Van Rooyen was affectionately known as the “native that caused all the trouble” with his tireless quest for equal oppurtunities and transformation in Business and Society.

David O’Neill

Financial Director
Appointed: 27 January 2011

David has over 30 years of commercial Experience. He qualified as a Charted Accountant in 1973, becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Charted Accountants of Ireland in 1983.

Rowena Majiedt

Independent Non-Executive Chairperson
Appointed: 28 February 2012

A qualified Mathematics teacher, obtained her High Diploma in Education from the then Bellville College of Education and is currently studying towards a B. Com degree through the University of South Africa.

Rowena is a member of Electus Training and Development CC (a Training and Skills Development Corporation), Deputy Chairperson of NCEDA (Northern Cape Economic Development Agency), and the owner of MacDougall Lodge (an accommodation establishment) situated in Kimberley. Rowena is also a shareholder in Goldfields’ South Deep Mine through a Women’s’ Empowerment group. From 2002 to 2009,Rowena was the only female director of Ekapa Mining, and was also the HR Manager, for 350 employees, at Ekapa Mining from 2003 to 2005.

Beverley Anne Penny

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 30 May 2017

Beverly is an admitted attorney and registered master tax practitioner. She obtained her BA Degree majoring in Law and Political Science at the University of Witwatersrand, B. Proc and LLB Degrees at UNISA as well a Higher Diploma in Tax Law at the University of Johannesburg.

She brings wealth of legal and tax experience to the Board and Audit and Risk Committee.

Rustum Mohamed

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 30 May 2017

Rustum has had over 30 years business experience as a director, Marketer and Business Development manager for a variety of prestigious organisations, including, Investment South Africa, Wesgro and The Eastern Cape Development Corporation.