Southern Sun Board Of Directors

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BCom BAcc
Executive Director – Chief Executive Officer

Date appointed: 10 May 2019
Marcel Nikolaus von Aulock served his articles at PwC and joined Tsogo Sun as Group Financial Manager in 1999. In 2004 he was promoted to Group Strategic Planning Director, in 2009 he was appointed CFO, and in September 2011 he assumed the role of CEO of Tsogo Sun. Marcel resigned from Tsogo Sun on 1 June 2017, but re-joined the Tsogo Sun Group on 1 June 2018, as Chief Executive Officer of Southern Sun Limited (formerly Tsogo Sun Hotels Limited). He has been a Non-executive Director of Hospitality Property Fund Limited since December 2018, and Non-executive Director of International Hotel Properties Limited since October 2018.

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Executive Director - Chief Financial Officer

Date appointed: 30 September 2011
Laurelle McDonald served her articles at Grant Thornton and joined Gold Reef Resorts as Assistant Financial Manager at Silverstar Casino in 2007. She was appointed as the Group Financial Manager and the Company Secretary of Gold Reef Resorts. After the acquisition of Gold Reef Resorts by Tsogo Sun, Laurelle was appointed Corporate Finance and Treasury Manager of Tsogo Sun. She was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Southern Sun Limited (formerly Tsogo Sun Hotels Limited) upon its unbundling from the Tsogo Sun Group.

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BA(Hons), BProc
Non-executive Chairman

Date appointed: 10 May 2019
John Anthony Copelyn joined HCI as Chief Executive Officer in 1997. He was previously General Secretary of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union from 1974 before becoming a member of parliament in 1994. He currently holds various directorships in companies within the HCI Group.

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Non-executive Director

Date appointed: 10 May 2019
James Robert Nicolella joined HCI in 2011. Rob is currently the Financial Director of HCI and serves on the boards of subsidiary companies Business Systems Group Africa Proprietary Limited and Group associate company Impact Oil and Gas Limited. Prior to joining HCI he was employed by Investec Bank Limited for 17 years, most notably in the capacity as Head of Corporate Banking, Western Cape, and subsequently Head of Private Banking, Western Cape.

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BCom (Accounting)
Lead Independent Non-executive Director

Date appointed: 10 May 2019
Mohamed Haroun Ahmed is a businessman with over 27 years of experience in finance and leadership and has served on boards of various listed companies. Mohamed is a director of Montauk Renewables Inc. and Deneb Investments Limited. He has previously held directorships in Seardel Investment Corporation, MTN and Real Africa Holdings and is the founder of Gallagher Charitable Trust. He was first appointed to the board on 10 May 2019.

A Man In A Suit


Dip (Labour Law)
Independent non-executive Director

Date appointed: 1 June 2019
Chris resigned as the deputy secretary general of the South African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union in September 2019. Chris also serves on the boards of Ithala Development Finance Corporation, Star Knitting (Mauritius) and Edafund (‘NPO’). He serves as a labour convenor for KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government Economic Council. Chris formed part of the International Labour Organisation to Thailand in 2015, where he presented a South African Labour Law perspective in collective bargaining and trade unions.

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B.Sc., MB ChB
Independent non-executive Director

Date appointed: 1 June 2019
Moretlo is a versatile, well-qualified entrepreneur and an experienced business executive. She has been one of a few pioneers of Telemedicine in South Africa and Africa with representation at various levels of government and non-governmental organisations. She has a broad knowledge of  the mobile health industry and the technology world in general. Moretlo runs her own business and is involved in social entrepreneurship programmes locally and internationally. She has a BSc and a MB ChB degree and serves on a number of boards, including The International Society for Telemedicine.

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Independent Non-executive Director

Date appointed: 10 May 2019
Jabulani Geffrey Ngcobo held the positions of General Secretary of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union from 1994 to 1999 and the Regional Secretary for Africa of the International Textile Garment and Leather Workers Federation from 1999 to 2006. He was appointed to the Board of HCI in 2004 and serves as a Director of HCI Coal.

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Masters Technology Management, PGDip (Economics Policy)
Independent non-executive Director

Date appointed: 15 August 2019
Connie served as chair of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training in the Fifth Parliament. She previously served as Minister of Human Settlements. Connie first became a Member of Parliament in 1999 and served in various Portfolio Committees including as chair of the Portfolio Committee on Water Affairs & Forestry. She also served as Whip in the National Assembly in 2004. She obtained a Master’s degree in Technology Management from Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management. Connie retired from Parliament in May 2019.