Board of directors

Gatera Jonathan

Gatera Jonathan
Board Chairman

Since 2013, he has been serving as the Director General of Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB). He however; spent most of his career at the Central Bank of Rwanda. Jonathan joined the Central Bank in 2000 as an Analyst and served as a Manager for investment of the Official Foreign Exchange Reserves in 2008. He also served as a Department Head of Financial Markets from 2010 to 2013. He furthered his growth as Director General at Central Bank where he oversaw Commercial Banks, Microfinance Institutions, SACCOs, Insurance Companies, Pension Schemes and Payment Systems. He also managed Financial Stability Analysis, Policy & Licensing. Jonathan is a graduate of macroeconomics and financial management from the institute of Eastern and South Africa based in Harare.

Tryphosa Ramano

Tryphosa Ramano
Board Member

Since 2011, she’s been the CFO of PPC Ltd. Tryphosa has also been the C.E.O of WIP capital a subsidiary of WIPHOLD, CFO of South African Airways and she’s worked with the National Treasury as chief director where she was instrumental in listing Telkom on the JSE and New York Stock Exchange. She serves on the boards of Airports Company of South Africa and is also the president of the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP)

NYIRIMIHIGO J.M VIANNEY

NYIRIMIHIGO J.M VIANNEY
Board Member

Mr. NYIRIMIHIGO is a career banker with over 30 years experience in project financing. He previously worked with the Central Bank of Burundi and later was Director General of Rwanda Development Bank and Director General of the African Guarantee Fund in Niger.
He is now in private business as a real estate developer and is a Board member of Rwanda Investment Group .
Mr Nyirimihigo is a graduate of Nairobi university and has a post graduate diploma in Banking from CNAM University of France.

Bhekizitha W. Mthembu aka Bheki

Bhekizitha W. Mthembu aka Bheki
Chief Executive Officer, PPC Cimerwa

A career that started 17 years ago in 1999 as a Development Chemist with PPC Cement in South Africa has seen Bheki rise through the ranks of PPC to become the CEO of PPC Cimerwa in Rwanda. From being a lead Chemist with PPC, Bheki embraced his managerial skills with PPC and went on to become a Quality Assurance Manager with PPC Cement. This led on to the positions of Regional Quality Assurance Manager in 2008 and Group Quality Assurance Manager in 2010. From 2014 to 2016, he became General Manager Operations with PPC Cement. Bheki is an MBA holder in Strategic Investment & Leadership from University of Pretoria.

Christian Rugeri

Christian Rugeri
Board Member

Mr. Rugeri Nkusi Christian a board member holds a master degree in business law. He serves as Treasury Counsel in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. Before he joined the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in 2011, he served as Legal Specialist in the Pubic Investments and External Finance bureau. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Ultimate Concept Limited. He is currently a member of the Governing Council of the African Legal Support Facility and the Discipline Committee of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda.

Mokate George Ramafoko

Mokate George Ramafoko
PPC MANAGING DIRECTOR: INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS

Mokate Ramafoko is the Managing Director of the International Division at PPC Ltd. He assumed this role in August 2017 after his tenure as Executive Director of the International Division since March 2016.
In his current role; Ramafoko oversees and provides strategic direction to all the various international businesses that PPC has majority shares in namely; PPC Zimbabwe, CIMERWA Ltd in Rwanda, PPC Barnet in DRC and HABESHA CEMENT SHARE COMPANY in Ethiopia; both as an executive manager of the respective country cement operations and as a mentor to all the country heads.
Mokate, an engineer by profession comes with over 23 years of experience and expertise in cement manufacturing, quality assurance and cement process optimisation. He has held various positions within the PPC group as well as Holcim (now Afrisam) and across various divisions.
He has amassed extensive knowledge in overseeing and managing large, complex, multi-million dollar operations where he has been instrumental in driving business growth. Most recently, Mokate was actively involved in driving and guiding the CIMERWA and Zimbabwe businesses to realise an improvement in their processes and ultimately driving an overall cost reduction of 6%; subsequently improving their operational and business efficiencies.
Over and above his professional expertise; Mokate is passionate about business development and strategy. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a BSc (Hons) in Metallurgy.

Njombo Lekula

Njombo Lekula
Board Member

Njombo Lekula is PPC’s Managing Director of RSA Cement. He is a Group Executive member in the organisation and a member of the board of directors in the various international businesses that PPC has majority shares in, namely PPC Zimbabwe, CIMERWA Ltd (Rwanda), PPC Barnet (DRC) and HABESHA Cement Share Company (Ethiopia).

Previously the MD of PPC’s International Operations across the continent, Njombo has over 27 years of cement manufacturing expertise and executive management experience within the building and construction industry.

His current role sees him overseeing and providing strategic guidance and direction to PPC’s cement operations in South Africa, as well as in Botswana (operations and commercial). His main focus is to optimise and enhance operational output, whilst delivering business growth and profitability. This will include capacity expansion and optimisation, exploiting strategic synergies and a exploring various alternative fuel and energy projects in the region.

Before taking on the role of MD: RSA Cement in 2017, Njombo held a number of leadership roles within PPC across various divisions. He thrives in changing environments, striving to build operations sustainably for the future – and leaving his signature on numerous PPC legacy projects. When he was General Manager of PPC’s Johannesburg operations for example, the team increased operational output and successfully re-commissioned a second production line that was previously mothballed in anticipation of increased demand.

PPC Zimbabwe also saw a positive turnaround after his appointment as Managing Director in 2013. Under Njombo’s leadership, the company increased its EBITDA by 45,6% and volumes by 19%. This was achieved by optimising and streamlining the operations; driving down costs and upskilling the local team.

Njombo has extensive expertise in the management of multi-million dollar projects, including that of the construction of PPC’s $82 million dollar factory in Harare, Zimbabwe. He has also been instrumental in providing leadership and direction on the operational readiness of other projects leading up to the completion and commissioning of the Group’s integrated cement plants in DRC and Ethiopia.

Njombo has a real passion for business leadership and enjoys mentoring and coaching upcoming business leaders – motivating them to make meaningful contributions and drive positive change through their actions. A source of inspiration for many at PPC and other business people, he always challenges people to strive for perfection and excellence because he believes that in business, there is no room for mediocrity.

An engineer by profession, Njombo studied chemical engineering. He has a Master’s degree in business administration (University of Stellenbosch Business School).