Hassen Adams (63)
Executive Chairman Appointed 11 February 2011
HDip Civil Engineering (PenTech), PrTech Eng.

Hassen, an engineer by profession, has been instrumental in establishing a number of successful businesses, the most high profile of these being Grand Parade Investments Ltd (GPI) which he co-founded. In addition to being the Executive Chairman of GPI, Hassen is also executive chairman of Burger King South Africa (RF) (Pty) Ltd and Non-executive Chairman of SunWest International (Pty) Ltd. He serves on the board of Grindrod Ltd and on the boards of all of GPI’s subsidiaries, as well as GPI’s Investment Committee and Social and Ethics Committee. He also holds directorships in diverse industry sectors including construction, gaming, shipping, entertainment and leisure and has extensive experience in corporate finance.

Alan Edward Keet (47)
Chief Executive Officer Appointed 10 April 2012
BCompt (Hons) (Unisa), CA(SA)

Alan is a chartered accountant by profession. He joined the Group in April 2012 as Chief Executive Officer, prior to which he was the CEO of a National Auditing Practice where he served his articles and subsequently became a partner in 1998. During his time there he served on several boards, gaining experience in varied industries from property funds to insurance underwriters and various service industries.

Alan was appointed as a Director of the Company on 10 April 2012 and serves on all the Board Committees in an executive capacity. He also holds a Board position on Spur Corporation Ltd as the GPI representative.

Dylan Pienaar (36)
Group Financial Director Appointed 1 November 2014
BCom (Hons) (UCT), CA (SA), ACMA, CGMA

Dylan is a qualified chartered accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (United Kingdom). He joined GPI in 2008 as part of the GPI Slots finance team and has since held various key roles within the Group finance team, including Group Financial Manager and Finance Executive, before being appointed as the GPI interim Group Financial Director on 1 November 2014 and the Group Financial Director with effect from 1 March 2015. He is a member of the Company’s Investment Committee and attends meetings of the various committees of the Board in an executive capacity.


Lazelle Christian Parton (58)
Group Company Secretary Appointed 11 February 2011
BA (Political Science) (UN)

Lazelle has some 30 years’ of legal, law administration and compliance experience gained in both the public and private sectors. She has extensive experience at provincial government level and, before leaving the service in 2001, had been the director responsible for policy and legislation development as well as regulatory oversight of the gambling industry in the province for several years. Since then she has gained commercial experience in the private sector, adapting her strong communication, legal and compliance expertise accordingly. In addition to role as Group Company Secretary, she also provides legal and compliance services to the Group.


Dr Norman Victor Maharaj (64)
Lead Independent Director Appointed 11 February 2011

Norman is a qualified medical doctor and former member of the Public Service Commission. He has extensive public service and trade union movement experience as well as analytical and decision-making skills. He has served on the Board in a Non-executive capacity since 2008 and has filled the role of Lead Independent Director since February 2011, when Hassen Adams was appointed as Executive Chairman. He is currently Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and is also a member of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee and the Social and Ethics Committee.

Alexander Abercrombie (64)
Non-executive Director Appointed 11 June 2012
AttAdmDipl (UWC), PgD (Company Law) (Stell), Cert (Sports Law) (UCT)

Alex is an attorney by profession and a former director of DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. His association with GPI dates back to inception of the Company in 1997 when he was appointed as a Non-executive Director. On 11 June 2012, he was appointed as an Executive Director, responsible for the Group’s gambling operations until his retirement from the executive role on 28 February 2015. He remains on the Board as a Non-executive Director as well as continuing on the Board of the Grand Gaming Corporate Social Investment Company.

In addition, Alex is the chairman of the board of Worcester Casino (Pty) Ltd and represents GPI on the board of SunWest (Pty) Ltd. He is also a member of the Board’s Investment Committee, Social and Ethics Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

Colin Michael Priem (56)
Non-executive Director Appointed 20 August 2012
BCom (Hons) (UWC)

Colin has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, with Honours in Business Administration, and is in the process of reading for his Master’s degree in Commerce. He is currently the CEO of a large services business in Cape Town and lectures part-time on financial management modules at the University of the Western Cape. In addition to being a Non-executive Director on the Board of GPI, he also serves as Chairman of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee and as a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and the Investment Committee.

Colin has comprehensive experience in finance, investment and strategic management gained as an academic and through active involvement in business and has more than 20 years’ experience in the landscape design, construction and maintenance fields.

Nombeko Mlambo (69)
Non-executive Director Appointed 20 October 1997
BA (Unisa), BEd (UCT), MA in Counselling Psychology (Durham University)

Nombeko has been a Non-executive Director of the Board since its inception in 1997. She is also a non-executive director of the various subsidiaries in the GPI Slots Group, a member of the Board’s Remuneration and Nomination Committee and chairperson of the Western Cape Women’s Investment Forum.

A teacher by profession, Nombeko’s interest in education continues to be expressed through the various movements she has co-founded. These include the Community Ploughback Movement, which is focused on community-based educational, arts and culture projects; the Council for Black Education and Research Trust, an educational NGO; as well as the Business Skills and Development Centre which focuses on equipping young women with much-needed business skill.

Prof Walter Geach (60)
Non-executive Director Appointed 17 September 2013

Walter is a chartered accountant CA (SA), an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a professor and Head of the Department of Accounting at the University of the Western Cape. Among his many other academic achievements, he has also authored/co-authored over 14 published books on a variety of subjects such as company law, corporate governance, financial accounting, taxation, financial planning and trusts. The books are used extensively in practice by accountants, consultants, lawyers and financial planners.

In addition, Walter serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Grindrod Ltd and Grindrod Bank and is a member of the audit committee of both companies. He is also a non-executive director of QDOS (Pty) Ltd and Acacia (Pty) Ltd.

Rasheed Hargey (58)
Non-executive Director Appointed 1 September 2015
BCom (Hons) (UWC)

Rasheed has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, with Honours in Management, and has completed the Management Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch.

In 1987 he co-founded HNR Computers where he held the position of managing director for a period of 10 years. During his tenure, the company became the largest black-owned software distributor in South Africa and won numerous awards, including Black Business of the Year in 1995 and Software Distributor of the Year for 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Rasheed played a significant role in the formation of the Black IT Forum in 1993 and remains a member of the Forum as well as the Institute of Directors, the American Management Association, and the Black Management Forum.

In 2006, Rasheed was appointed as chief executive officer of Tellumat (Pty) Ltd, a diversified technology group focusing on the communications, defence and electronic manufacturing market segments. Under his leadership the company saw impressive growth, developing and completing nine key product families and building project, engineering, development, manufacturing and servicing skills capacity. He resigned from Tellumat in 2013 to focus on his private business consultancy and his passion for disruptive technologies.