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Alex Philippou

Alex Philippou: Partner-in-Charge of Tshwane
Qualifications: CA (SA)
Affiliations: SAICA; IRBA; Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Industry/Department: Client experiences include assignments with mainly the private sector i.e. Ford Motors Company SA, Pick n Pay, Nissan SA, Vodacom, MTN and Grandmark International. Relevant experience in liquidations (notable Medforum Medi Clinic Group)

Expertise: Alex Philippou is the Partner-in-Charge of the SizweNtsalubaGobodo Pretoria office. With over 10 year audit experience, seven of which have been as a director of the entrepreneurial service division at SizweNtsaluba VSP, his expertise in consulting and forensics services have further contributed to the success of the firm. Additional areas of practice include project management and risk management. Prior to joining SizweNtsaluba VSP, PricewaterhouseCoopers for 4 years.
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Natalie Arendse

Natalie Arendse: Partner-in-Charge of Western Cape

Qualifications: : CA (SA)
Affiliations: SAICA; IRBA; IIASA
Industry/Department: Executive Team.
Industry experience includes in Education; Medical Schemes; Pension Funds; Manufacturing; Transport and Municipalities.

Current clients include Cape Gate Pension Fund; NEHAWU Wits Provident Fund; Growplan (Old Mutual) etc

Expertise: Natalie Arendse CA (SA) is an EXCO member of SizweNtsalubaGobodo. Her core competencies in external audit; general business consulting and strategic planning & budgeting. With over 16 year's experience, she is also a member of the SAICA Retirement Fund Project Group and a SAICA Assessor.

Natalie joined SizweNtsaluba VSP in 2004 and has been a partner in the financial service division since 2006. Her experience within the NPO | NGO industry, which includes the Gender Advocacy Programme, Metropolitan Foundation – S21 company and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) illustrates the consulting functions performed (i.e. preparation of budgets, discussing client charter etc). She is also a registered auditor on the JSE.

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Don Saunders

Don Saunders: Partner-in-Charge of Kwazulu Natal

Qualifications: CA (SA); Certificate in Project Management
Affiliations: SAICA, IRBA, IIA, IoDSA (Institute of Directors SA)
Industry/Department: Audit – public and private sector. Client experience includes Eskom Distribution; Transnet Port Terminal (TPT); Richards Bay IDZ, Ithala Development Finance Corporation; Igagasi 99.5 FM Radio Station;

Hulamin; Various Auditor General assignments. For the 2011 financial year, he through the Deloitte sub-contracting agreement was responsible for the audit and sign-off of the Durban Maydon Wharf Terminal and the Durban Agricultural Multi-Purpose Terminal. Don was also involved in the audit of TPT head office. He also serves as a council member of SAICA Eastern Region and also serves as a member of the SAICA Public sector committee of the Eastern Region. Additional client experience includes Denel (Swartklip division); National Ports Authority (Saldahn, Cape Town); and uShaka Marine Theme Park.

Expertise: Don Saunders CA (SA) is the Partner-in-Charge of the SizweNtsalubaGobodo Durban office. With over 20 years audit experience external audit service delivery and quality assurance of our clients. He has extensive experience in the management of audit engagements, performing strategic and comprehensive business risk assessments, developing audit plans, executing audit work and communicating audit results to Executive Management and the Audit Committee. While completing his articles at KPMG, he gained extensive exposure in various industries ranging from professional services to mining and transport. He joined the firm in 1996 (NkonkiSizweNtsaluba). He was also the Financial Manager at the University of Transkei. He served as the Chairperson of the Regional Audit Committee during his tenure at Eskom (joined in 2001). He re-joined the firm in 2003 (SizweNtsaluba VSP) as a Partner and Director.
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Tumelo Tsotetsi

Tumelo Tsotetsi: Provincial Leader Free State & Northern Cape

Qualifications: CA (SA)
Affiliations: SAICA, IRBA, IBASA (Certified Business Advisor)
Industry/Department: Tumelo’s years of experience of spans over 15 years and includes external audit, internal audit and consulting in government departments, SOEs, municipalities, tertiary institutions and other private sector..

Tumelo is also Chairperson of Audit and Risk Committee (IBASA) and is the Member of the Audit Committees in areas such as Ugu Disctrict, Thabo Mofutsanyane.
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Pietman De Villiers

Pietman De Villiers: Partner-in-charge of North-West

Qualifications: B Com (Accounting), B Compt (Hons) CTA, CA (SA)
Affiliations: SAICA, IRBA, Accredited SAICA Facilitator & Assessor
Industry/Department: Pietman has been involved with the following major clients over the years: the North West Departments of Education, Human Settlements & Special Projects, Economic Development, Transport, and Roads & Community Safety, the Provincial Council on AIDS and the

Department of Sports, Arts & Culture. Other client experience includes the City of Matlosana, Tlokwe City Council, Magalies Water Board, Golden Leopard Resorts, Dirapeng Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd, and MIDZ.


Expertise: Pietman is the Directing Partner for North-West Provincial Office: Rustenburg & Mafikeng Office and is responsible for assurance, consulting, human capital development, marketing, and practice management within the firm.

With over six years of experience in the public sector, he has conducted various audits on departments and local authorities on behalf of the Auditor General. Prior to joining SizweNtsalubaGobodo, he served seven years as the SAP Project and Business Process Manager at Impala Platinum Ltd.

His experience includes management accounting, SAP implementation and project management, auditing and accounting, private, public and local authority audits, and public sector and institutional consulting.

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Ntsikelelo Mzamane

Ntsikelelo Mzamane : Director Eastern Cape

Qualifications: CA (SA)
Affiliations: The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Ntsikelelo Mzamane has over eight years audit experience in the public and private sectors. Client experience includes among others a number of local Eastern Cape municipalities, Gillet Exhaust Technologies,

Armstrong Hydraulics, ABSA, Mondipack and Johnnic Communications.

Expertise: Ntsikelelo joined SizweNtsalubaGobodo during 2014 and is currently the head of SizweNtsalubaGobodo Advisory Services Assurance and Consulting divisions in the Eastern Cape. He has vast experience in accounting, auditing and consulting and a vast knowledge of PFMA and MFMA.

After completing his articles at Deloitte, he worked at Deloitte in, Melbourne, Australia before returning to South Africa and joining Coega Development Cooperation (PE) as a Management Accountant.He has also held positions at Transnet Rail engineering (Management Accountant), Makalani Investment holdings (Financial Manager and deal Administrator) and in 2011 he was appointed managing director of Songo Chartered Accountants in East London.

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Ronald Ncube

Ronald Ncube : Partner-in-Charge of Mpumalanga

Qualifications: CA (SA) ; B Compt; MSc (Management)
Affiliations: SAICA ; IRBA
Industry/Department: Ronald is a Director within SNG responsible for the Mpumalanga region and has over 18 years’ experience. However over the years he also been involved in executive financial and general management roles in commerce and industry.

Ronald is a non-executive director of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Thuthuka Education Upliftment Fund,a company dedicated to the education of previously disadvantaged students to become Chartered Accountants. Ronald is also the President of the Northern Region Council of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Ronald has been involved in a number of audit engagements over the years, as an Engagement Director and as Engagement Manager for the Auditor General .He has also been an Audit Partner at the national practice of Nexia SAB&T. Recent clients include:
  • South African Social Security Agency;
  • Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency;
  • Mpumalanga Department of Health;
  • Mpumalanga Regional Training Trust;
  • Mpumalanga Office of the Premier;
  • Mpumalanga Department of Social Development
  • Various Municipalities
  • Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture
  • UNHCR(United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
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