Meet Tshepo Dhlamini

Upstream Group's New Non-Executive Director

Tshepo is a qualified Chartered Accountant CA (SA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and holds a B.Acc.Sci. (Taxation Honours) from the University of Witwatersrand. Tshepo has recently been appointed as a Non-Executive Director representing African Rainbow Capital on the Upstream Board of Companies.

Tell us about your career thus far.

Prior to joining ARC, I worked for various companies specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, equity valuations, financial modeling, deal structuring, venture capital and post-investment monitoring and management. I was lucky enough to travel extensively within Africa which created a passion for travel within me.

What Impact are you hoping to make by being on the board?

I believe that by having more Non-Executive Directors on the board, you gain an unobstructed view of opportunities, commercialization solutions and viewpoints. I am excited about the possibility of growing the Group's footprint within the ARC portfolio and wider investor networks so as to generate more tangible shareholder and stakeholder value. I am also interested in being involved in the corporate governance structures and offering some expertise in that regard.

Outside of work, who is Tshepo?

I am a husband to a wonderful woman, also an Accountant, and I am a dad to a 9 year-old daughter and a 4 year-old son. I enjoy running and time in the gym, but time with my children takes preference. I really enjoy reading and expanding my general knowledge. This is a habit I am impressing on my children from an early age.

Tell us about something that you've done that took you out of your comfort zone.

Bungy jumping off Bloukrans Bridge and sky diving both come to mind. It turns out that I really enjoyed both, so I guess I'll need to reassess where my comfort zone begins and ends!