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SAVANNAH MAZIYA

EXECUTIVE CHAIRPERSON

Savannah founded Bunengi Holdings in 2004 and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Savannah’s primary focus is on business development, financial strategies and investment and commercial strategies. She has vast experience in building businesses, across various industries, including broadcasting, mining and financial services, with a focus on Africa. 

ADVISORY AND BOARD APPOINTMENTS

After South Africa was declared a democratic country in 1994, Savannah played the role of special advisor to various government ministers. 

 

Savannah’s expertise has made her one of few women to operate in the technical engineering space globally and across Africa. This has resulted in her being invited to sit on various boards, including:

  • the Construction Industry Development Board

  • the New School in New York 

  • the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (similar to the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA)). 

  • a variety of listed international mining groups, such as AfleaseGold, Gold One and Uranium One.

 

Savannah currently sits on the following boards: 

  • WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa, where she serves as Chairman. WSP | PB is one of the world’s leading engineering, professional services consulting firms. 

  • Sibanye Gold, a NYSE and JSE listed mining company. Sibanye has mines in South Africa, Canada and the USA. Savannah sits on the Remuneration, Audit, Risk and Safety committees as well as the US board.

  • WBHO, where she is a shareholder and chairs the Remuneration Committee. Savannah also sits on the Audit and Risk Committees. WBHO is the largest JSE listed construction company in South Africa, that also operates in Australia and the United Kingdom.

  • Rand Water, the largest water utility in Africa, where she also sits on the Capital Infrastructure and Treasury committees. 

 

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Given the above, Savannah is considered one of Africa’s most influential women. Her work extends to a heavy involvement in philanthropy with a focus on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 

 

Some of her passion projects are: 

  • Initiating the Africa STEM Programme that collaborates with African first ladies, heads of state and industry to advocate for girls in STEM and raise funds for scholarships. She hosts an annual event during the United Nations annual general assembly in New York every September. 

  • She also works with schools K-12 in getting tutoring for children in Maths and Science to help raise their understanding and working knowledge. 

  • Savannah also sponsors an orphanage based in South Africa. She mentors over 40 professional women. 

 

RECOGNITION

EDUCATION

  • BA Communication Science and Finance – Bridgewater University, Massachusetts, United States

  • MBA – DeMontford University, United Kingdom

  • Savannah Maziya

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