Simphiwe Khondlo has 18 years of executive directorship experience and leads the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ), one of the pioneering special economic zones in South Africa, as Chief Executive Officer.


Before the ELIDZ leadership role, he was at the helm of the Amatola Water Board and provided strategic leadership in developing the water utility. The Board supplies treated bulk water to about five local municipalities and manages a network of state-owned dams.


Mr Khondlo has over 15 years of non-executive directorship experience across significant state-owned entities, non-government organisations, academic institutions and a sporting body. He is a Chartered Director (SA) through the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa and holds a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Pretoria. He is also a member of the Institute of Agricultural Engineers and the Water Institute of South Africa.