Engineering solutions provider Semane, which was spun off by Anglo American in 1998, has appointed Muzi Siyaya as its new CEO. Siyaya holds an MBA from Wits University. He joins Semane after spending six years at GIBB Engineering as Group Executive responsible for business development and strategy. Siyaya has more than 20 years’ experience, having previously held senior management and executive roles at MTN, Cell C and Dimension Data subsidiary, Plessey.
Siyaya is taking over from founding CEO Joe Araujo, who is retiring from the company after 21 years at the helm but will be available in a consulting capacity. Joel Mokgohlwa, Executive Chairman says, “The board believes Muzi’s multifaceted experience will direct Semane into a new trajectory. He has broad business skills and experience in managing growth in a rapidly evolving business landscape.”
On behalf of the company and its stakeholders, Mokgohlwa took the opportunity to extend the Board’s profound gratitude and appreciation to Joe Araujo for his impeccable service and leadership, which has seen Semane grow to its current market position as a respected engineering solutions consultancy, delivering sought-after expertise and experience. Semane boasts clients such as Anglo American, Foskor, Exxarro, Rio Tinto, Seriti, BHP and Gold Fields, amongst others.
Says Siyaya, “I was attracted to Semane because it is a well-managed business that has stability, an enviable track record, a good culture and a great team. The framework for good governance that was laid by Anglo American 21 years ago is evident in the business today. Semane is a company poised for its next growth trajectory. From that standpoint, I feel I can make a difference. I look forward to getting to know the people at Semane, our clients and partners.”