Board member

Luthando Vuthula, Non-executive Director

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Masters Degree in Development Finance (University of Stellenbosch), Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) (University of Stellenbosch), Bachelor of Economics and Accounting (University of Botswana)

Appointed to the board: 27 July 2018

Luthando Vutula has been the Chief Executive Officer of ubank (Proprietary) Limited since 2012. He holds 20 years’ experience in finance, property, housing, banking and leadership. He serves as a Non-Executive Director, representing NHFC on the TUHF Holdings Limited and TUHF Limited only.  

Jill Strelitz, non-executive Director

Johannesburg, Gauteng

BA (Hons) in Sociology, MSc in Town and Regional Planning, Diploma in Financial Instruments, Executive Development Programme (run jointly by the University of the Witwatersrand and Harvard Business School) 

Appointed to the board: 18 January 1993

Jill Strelitz is currently the executive director for the New Housing Company, a non-profit, public benefit organisation. Jill has been involved in housing since 1980 when she joined the Urban Foundation, a private-sector non-profit organisation. At the time of closure of the Urban Foundation in 1994, she was the executive director for housing on the board. During this time, Jill was honoured to receive the National Housing Person of the Year Award in 1994.

Following her time at the Urban Foundation, Jill became a senior manager in Special Projects at Anglo-American Property Services. She later joined the National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency as the executive director responsible for operations and, later, business development. She also holds a non-executive director position on the board of the Johannesburg Housing Company.

Ilona Roodt, Financial Director

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Appointed to the board: December 2016

Ilona Roodt is a Financial Director at the TUHF, managing the entire financial process within the company. Her role includes Financial reporting, Policy development and implementation, Treasury and Risk Management, Governance and regulatory compliance.

She held the positions as financial manager at Standard Bank Property Finance & Advisory services, Portfolio Manager for Rand Merchant Bank, (a Division of First Rand Bank Ltd) and Credit Manager and Corporate & International Credit at Nedcor Bank.

Ilona holds a B.Com (Accountancy, Auditing, Commercial Law), C.T.A./B.Compt (Accountancy, Auditing, Tax), PAAB Qualifying Exam – CA (SA), JSE Compliance Officer Rules Exam, Mortgage finance (Wits Business School), Property Development Programme (SAPOA), H. Dip Tax, and an International Housing Finance Program (Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania) qualification.

Samson Moraba, non-executive Director and chairperson of the board

Johannesburg, Gauteng

BCom (Unisa), Programme for Management Development (Harvard Business School)

Appointed to the board: 21 May 2003

Samson Moraba is the chief executive officer of the National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC) and has served as a member of the licensing committee of the Financial Services Board since 2004. He currently serves on numerous boards, including the Cape Town Community Housing Company and Community Property Holdings Limited.

Samson was previously an executive director: IT at Standard Corporate Merchant Bank (SCMB), where he also served as a member of the business prioritisation committee. Samson has also served as a senior consultant at Gemini Consulting and manager within the Corporate Finance Division of JCI.

Furthermore, from 2004 to 2007, he served as the chairman of the African Union for Housing Finance and was on the standing committee for the revision of the 1990s Bank Act at the South African Reserve Bank.

Mandu Mamatela, Non-executive Director

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Associate Accountant Technician International Executive Development Programme (IEDP) (UK, Wits Business School), MBA (North-West University: Potchefstroom Campus)

Appointed to the board: 21 November 2006

Mandu Mamatela is the executive manager for corporate strategy at the NHFC. She has worked in the financial services, motor and fuel industries and has obtained extensive experience in strategic leadership, credit risk, project finance and financial management. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors South Africa. Trustee: Housing Investment Partnership (HIP), Kurisani Trust, and NHFC Pension fund.

Robert Emslie, Lead Independent non-Executive Director

Johannesburg, Gauteng


Appointed to the board: 1 August 2009

Robert Emslie has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector and has held positions as the head of Absa Business Banking, Absa Africa and Absa Corporate and Business Bank. He was also a member of the Absa Group EXCO and during his time at Absa he was a board member of the following listed companies: Paramount, Ambit and Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe.

Robert retired from his career in the banking industry in 2008 and currently serves on the boards of several unlisted and listed companies including SilverBridge Holdings Limited, Finbond Group Limited and New Europe Property Investments plc.

Cas Coovadia, Non-executive Director

Johannesburg, Gauteng

BCom (University College – Durban), Housing Finance Course (Wharton Real Estate Centre, University of Pennsylvania) effective directors programme (Kagiso School of Leadership)

Appointed to the board: 18 January 1993

Cas Coovadia is the managing director of The Banking Association of South Africa and the deputy chairman of the African Union for Housing Finance. Additionally, Cas is the chairman for the National Business Initiative, president of the International Union for Housing Finance and chairperson of the National Business Initiative. He also serves as a member of council at the University of Witwatersrand.

He has played a central role in the negotiations leading to the signing of the Financial Services Charter (FSC) and is playing a critical role in the implementation of agreements reached in the charter.

Cas also serves on the board of the Centre for Development and Enterprise, Nepad Business Foundation, as well as serving on the management committee of Business Unity South Africa.

Taffy Adler, Director

Johannesburg, Gauteng

BPhil in African Studies, MSc in Building Science (University of the Witwatersrand)

Appointed to the board: 17 May 2013

Taffy Adler is the director of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Re-Imagining Wits Property Project. He was CEO of the Housing Development Agency, a national government parastatal from the agency’s inception in 2009 to May 2015. He is also the chairman of Indluplace Properties and a director of Arrowhead Properties, both listed property companies, and chairman of the Apexhi and Arrowhead Charitable Trusts. He sits on the board of Makhulong a Matala, the tenant development arm of the Johannesburg Housing Company.

From 1976 to 1986, Taffy was a full-time official in the non-racial trade union movement. In 1987 he became coordinator of the Labour and Economic Research Centre, and in 1991, became the founding CEO of the Land Investment Trust.

Taffy has held directorships in at least 20 development-orientated companies over the last 10 years. He has held several appointments, including joint convener of the National Technical Committee of Housing Subsidies, which developed the first housing subsidy scheme for a newly democratic South Africa, membership of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Urban Management, and, from 1994 to 2009, as adviser to the National Minister of Housing.

In 1999, Taffy was named Gauteng Housing Person of the Year by the SA Housing Institute and in 2007 he was named South African Social Entrepreneur of the Year. He is also a Fellow of the Schwab Foundation. He has lectured at the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Cape Town, and has either written or edited 19 journal articles and books.

Paul Jackson, Chief Executive Officer

Johannesburg, Gauteng

BSc in Agricultural Economics (University of Natal), BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Economics (University of Pretoria), Property Development Programme (University of Cape Town) 

Appointed to the board: 21 May 2003

Paul Jackson has been TUHF’s CEO since inception in 2003 and has been involved in development finance since 1987. Prior to his appointment as CEO at TUHF, Paul held positions as senior operations manager at the JHC, general manager for the Transitional National Development Trust (TNDT) and divisional manager for southern Africa at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. While he was at the TNDT, the company was awarded first prize by the JSE/Deloitte & Touche for corporate governance with a special acknowledgement for excellent achievement. Paul has held board directorships on the Mvula Trust, Alexander Social Housing Company, Brickfields Housing Company, Johannesburg Social Housing Company and Centre for Affordable Housing Finance.

Belinda Mapongwana, Director

Johannesburg, Gauteng

University of Cape Town Alumna, Master of Laws (LLM) in International Business Law (Vrije University, Amsterdam)

Appointed to the Board: 25 March 2020

Belinda Mapongwana is the director and founder of Mapongwana Attorneys Inc. Mapongwana Attorneys Inc. is a 100% black woman-owned boutique law firm based in Sandton, Johannesburg. Founded in 2014, it provides professional, efficient and commercially sound legal services to its clients. Belinda was admitted as an attorney to the High Court of South Africa in 2005 and her career has spanned over 15 years where she has worked with multinational organisations across the globe, adding to her wealth of experience which has been acknowledged by peers and clientele alike.