The Executive Management of the EPPF

Chief Executive and Principal Officer

Ms Nopasika Lila (CA) SA
​Chartered Accountant (SA)
Post Graduate Certificate in Corporate Governance (Rand Afrikaans University)
Management Development Programme (Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS))
Higher Certificate in Financial Markets & Instruments (Academy of Financial Markets)
B.Compt Degree (Walter Sisulu University)

Ms Nopasika Lila is the Chief Executive and Principal Officer of the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund effective 1 April 2018. She joined the EPPF in December 2010 as the Chief Financial Officer. She serves as an independent non-executive Director of JSE-listed company enX Group Limited and chairs its Audit Committee. Ms Lila is also an independent non-executive Director of Nampak Limited and chairs its Risk and Sustainability Committee.

A Chartered Accountant by profession, she has vast experience in the financial services industry and has previously worked at, amongst others, Old Mutual and at the Public Investment Corporation.

Ms Lila is also a business woman who ran her own company, Astute Intellect (Pty) Limited for a considerable period of time. Apart from being an effective communicator and trainer she speaks and writes Mandarin with relative ease.

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Shafeeq Abrahams
BCompt Honours Degree in Accounting
Chartered Accountant (SA)
Masters in Business Leadership

Shafeeq joined the EPPF on 1 September 2018. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and holds a BCompt Honours degree as well as a Masters in Business Leadership.

He began his career at Deloitte & Touché Chartered Accountants and later joined Eskom where he held various leadership roles in Finance. Prior to joining the EPPF, he was the CFO of the National Home Builders Registration Council.

Shafeeq serves on various committees within the EPPF including the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Strategic Investment Committee, IT Steering Committee and the Procurement Committee.

Chief Investment Officer

Mr Ndabe Mkhize
BSc. Actuarial Science
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst(CAIA)​
Mr Ndabe Mkhize is the Chief Investment Officer. He joined the EPPF in May 2014.

Mr Ndabe joined the EPPF on 1 May 2014 as Deputy Chief Investment Management Officer, stepped into the role of Acting Chief Investment Officer in April 2015 and was appointed as a Chief Investment Officer in December 2016.

Prior to joining EPPF, Mr. Mkhize held positions at Coronation Property Equity Fund, worked in the direct real estate industry and in the Stanlib Listed Property team from late 2010 until April 2014.

He serves on various committees within the EPPF including the Executive Committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Strategic Investment Committee, Credit Committee, Internal Investment Committee and the IT Steering Committee.

Head of Retirement Fund Operations

Mr Joey Sankar
B.Com. Management (UNISA)
Masters in Information Technology (University of Pretoria)
Information Technology Infrastructure Library (IT IL) qualification
​Prince 2 Practitioner qualification

Mr Joey Sankar joined the EPPF on 01 July 2014 as Project Manager and was appointed as the Manager of Retirement Fund Operations on 1 September 2015. Prior to joining EPPF Mr. Sankar held managerial positions in various organisations including Alexander Forbes Financial Services, NBC Holdings and Deloitte Consulting.

Mr. Sankar serves on various committees within the EPPF including the Benefits Committee, Legal and Technical Committee, Executive Committee, Procurement Committee, Medical Panel and the IT Steering Committee.

Head of Human Resources

Ms Shyless Nkuna
BA Psychology (University of the Western Cape)
BA Hons. Psychology (University of the Western Cape)
Registered Psychometrist (Health Professions Council of South Africa)
Master of Commerce in Business Management (University of Johannesburg)

Ms Shyless Nkuna joined EPPF on 01 April 2017. She began her HR career at the Foschini Retail Group in Cape Town. Prior to joining EPPF, she held various HR roles in different financial institutions, such as Standard Bank, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the South African Reserve Bank.

Ms. Nkuna heads the Human Resources Department at EPPF and also serves on the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee and the Executive Committee of EPPF.

Head of Information Technology

Mr Willem Fick
​Bachelor of Engineering - Industrial (University Pretoria)
Hons. Industrial Engineering (University Pretoria)

Mr. Fick is the Information Technology Manager. He joined the EPPF in July 2017. He started his career as an engineer in the Aerospace and Defence Industry, moving into the Banking and Financial Services Industry in the early 2000s. This saw him gain experience through IT, strategy, and advisory roles with various Financial Institutions, both in South Africa and abroad, over the past 17 years. These include Nedbank, Barclays Bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Consignia, Discovery Health, the First Rand Group, and First National Bank.

His last position prior to joining the EPPF was that of Enterprise Architect with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Mr. Fick serves on various committees, including the IT Steering Committee, the Audit and Risk Committee, and the Executive Committee of the EPPF.

Head of Risk and Compliance

Mr Ayanda Gaqa
B.Tech. (Internal Auditing)
Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (University of Free State)
Certified Financial Planner®
Certified Compliance Professional (Compliance Institute of SA)

Mr. Ayanda Gaqa​ joined the EPPF on 1 July 2007. He has held various leadership positions in various organisations including Futuregrowth Asset Management and Sanlam Investment Management.

He serves on various committees within the EPPF including the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Strategic Investment Committee, Risk Management Committee and the Procurement Committee

Head of Legal & Corporate Secretariat

Ms Thelma Melk
Bachelor of Law (National University of Lesotho)
LLB degree (National University of Lesotho)
​Certificate in Municipal Finance (Wits Business School)
Certificate in Corporate Governance (University of Johannesburg)

Ms. Melk is the Head of Legal & Corporate Secretariat. She joined the EPPF on 1 April 2018. She began her career as a Legal Advisor employed by Mmabatho City Council. She later joined the Department of Trade and Industry where she started as the Secretary: Board Manufacturing Development and was later appointed as the Deputy Director. She was presented with an opportunity at Transnet where she was employed as the Deputy Group Company Secretary.

Ms Melk then moved on to the SABC and South African Airways where she held the Group Company Secretary roles. She partnered with the North West Development Corporation as the Company Secretarial Consultant.

Prior to joining EPPF she was employed by Joburg Market as the Company Secretary.

She is currently pursuing a qualification in International Leadership Development at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.