Board of Directors

Ferose Oaten

Chairperson of the Board

Ferose is the Chairperson of the MIFA Board of Directors. She also serves as a member of the Human Resource and Remuneration Committee.

She is a true South African motor industry stalwart and a former President and Chairman of the RMI.

She started her career in Human Resources at Eskom at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station in Cape Town, later moving into General Management.

Ferose has been Managing Director of AVTS Roadworthy Stations for 27 years. The organisation has 81 staff members in seven branches in the Cape Peninsula.

She has been joint CEO of TUV SUD South Africa, since 2014, with responsibility for Business Assurance, the Mobility Division and Periodic Inspection of vehicles.

Ferose holds a Master’s Degree in Executive Management from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.

Michael Motsoane

Michael has been appointed as a Director of the MIFA Board. He serves as a member of both the Human Resource and Remuneration Committee as well as the Operational Committee.

He is the current chairman of the Fuel Retailers Association and a successful entrepreneur. His business interests include his directorship of, and partnership in, Sparkling Auto Mall of Africa branch in partnership with Ninathi Holdings, as well owning two BP service stations.

Michael, who started his career in sales, says he is driven by motivating and developing people in organisations to perform at their best. This is not limited to his own employees, though, as he is an active mentor to various individuals outside of his immediate business and industry.

Michael has previously also been a Trustee of the Motor Industry Retirement Funds.

Leesha Koobair

Leesha chairs the MIFA Operational Committee and also serves in the Human Resource and Remuneration Committee and is a director on the MIFA Board.

She is a Business Development and Strategy Specialist who holds a B.Comm Honours degree in Finance as well as an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), among other qualifications.

Leesha works at the Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA). She also serves as Trustee on the Copartes Pension Fund Board and Alternate Trustee on the MIRF Board and serves on various MIBCO structures.

She is an ex-Durbanite and a founder of the GIBS Sisterhood – a programme tailored toward women entrepreneurship and community upliftment initiatives.

Gerald Leith

Gerald serves as chairperson of the Human Resource and Remuneration Committee. He also serves on the MIFA Operational Committee as well as the Board of Directors.

Gerald, who was born and bred in the Karoo, studied at the universities of Pretoria, Orange Free State and Potchefstroom.

After spending a few years in the corporate world, involvement in the secondary agricultural sector followed as executive at a large agricultural cooperative, bargaining council and sector education and training authority.

He is currently a collective bargaining official with the National Employer’s Association of South Africa (NEASA) and represents NEASA on the board of the Motor Industry Bargaining Council and as Trustee on the Motor Industry Retirement Funds.

Anderson Nkosi

Anderson has been appointed as a Director on the MIFA Board. He serves as a member of both the Human Resource and Remuneration Committee, as well as the Operational Committee.

Anderson speaks four official languages and has been a sector coordinator at NUMSA since 2013.

Before that, he was a union organiser – first at SAEWA and later at SATAWU, where he achieved a 72% success rate in arbitrations.

Anderson has successfully completed various CCMA courses, including Basic Labour Laws and Advanced Labour laws.

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