Woman to lead EC liquor board for first time


By Mbulelo Sisulu

History in the making, Eastern Cape Liquor Board is going to be led by woman for the first time.

Eastern Cape Liquor Board is proud to announce the appointment of 48-year-old Dr Nombuyiselo Makala as its new chief executive officer, effective from 5 October 2020.

Dr Makala is the first woman to be appointed to the role within the Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB), marking a significant milestone for the entity. 

She takes over the reins from Khanyile Maneli, who vacated the position on 1 April 2020, after serving as acting CEO. 

Dr Makala has more than 18 years’ experience in the public service, having held various roles in the Eastern Cape government. Her experience in transforming and implementing turnaround strategies has immensely contributed to good corporate governance, operations, and administration at the ECLB.

“Being appointed to the Eastern Cape Liquor Board CEO role is a great privilege for me. I’m profoundly proud of the confidence that the board has placed on me and look forward to leading the entity with a team of dedicated and capable management and staff,” she said.During her stint as the acting CEO, she has been actively involved in transforming the Eastern Cape Liquor Board to be one of the leading public entities. To adapt to the changing nature of business since the announcement of National State of Disaster due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, she has ensured that business continues as usual by bringing in innovative solutions to ensure the Board’s sustainability and strengthen the confidence of members and stakeholders.

Board chairperson Nontsikelelon Moleshe-Pakade said, “Dr Makala’s demonstrable experience and acumen will continue to deliver value to the entity’s shareholder and stakeholders through good governance, operational excellence, and sustainable growth. We are confident that she will contribute enormously towards streamlining and building sustainability, as well as positioning Eastern Cape Liquor Board for the future. We are certain that she will propel the many strategic initiatives that ECLB undertakes, to inspire and unify our stakeholders, partners and employees, to continue the work of strengthening regulation of liquor industry in the Eastern Cape, so as to meaningfully contribute to economic development of the Province.”

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