Meet The Team

Kopano Xaba CA (SA) – Managing Partner

He completed his articles in December 2009 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in February 2010 after completing his PPE exams.  After completion he left KPMG to join Africa Empowered, an NGO founded by Mr. Vuyo Jack (which focuses on BBBEE awareness,) where he was appointed as the Director of Programmes and Content which includes Internal Audit. In December 2010 he joined Empowerdex as acting Finance and Admin Manager. His experience also includes being a Managing Partner for Assuredex, an audit firm specialising in BBBE and Sustainability Reporting. He is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA); and Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors (IRBA).

Kopano has 8 years audit experience and 5 years BBBEE experience. Some of the clients include DBSA, Cliff Dekker Hofmeyr, Chrysler Fiat amongst other clients.  He has also gained public sector experience through performing clean audit readiness checks for the Gauteng Department of Community Safety

Cornelius Nyakale CA (SA) – Director

He completed his articles in December 2008 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in February 2010 after passing his PPE exams. As a Senior Manager within the Industrial, Automotive and Pharmaceuticals division of KPMG, he was responsible for both external audits in the audit automotive, industrial and mining clients (including listed entities) and Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) verification and consulting.

In August 2015 he joined Kopax Chartered Accountants. As a director he focuses on internal audit, tax and advisory, BEE verifications, accounting and business
consulting services.

Greg Mahase CA (SA) – Director

Greg is a Chartered Accountant by profession. Before partnering with Kopano, Greg was gained extensive experience in banking and financial services environment, with a focus on consulting and end-to-end corporate finance activities. He has worked for The Reserve Bank of South Africa where he gained extensive knowledge as Senior Analyst for Consolidated Banking – focusing on the FirstRand group. He later joined Rand Merchant Bank as Senior Analyst within the Fixed Income and Currency and Commodity sector focusing on financial services sector.

Greg later on re-joined the newly merged SizweNtsalubaGobodo (“SNG”) as Senior Audit and Advisory Manager focusing on financial services and corporate finance. Then he joined EY – Financial Accounting and Advisory Services division with a focus on corporate treasury and transaction advisory transactions advisory time, gained extensive experience in corporate finance engagements relating to due-diligence, valuations, and diversified advisory services. The engagements mainly relate to industries such as renewable energy, state owned entities, financial services, SMME advisory.

Pamella Marlowe CA (SA)  – Director

Pamella holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from University of the Witwatersrand. She completed her Articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, with clients in various industries. She is Chartered Accountant. After Articles, she joined the International Tax department at PwC. Her clients included MTN SA, Macsteel, Rand Merchant Bank, etc.   She has a HDipTax qualification from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She is a registered Tax Practitioner with SARS.

She has a Bidvest Academy certificate as well as a Barloworld Leadership Development Programme certificate from GIBS.

She held various senior financial positions within the Motor Industry which included:

  • Franchise Financial Director -BMW Franchise at McCarthy Motor Holdings;
  • Senior Financial Manager- Barloworld Motor Retail Head Office;
  • CFO- RO Metrics, a subsidiary of Barloworld SA.

She is a member of the IoDSA and a Trustee of the Enviroserv BBOS Trust. She has recently joined Kopax.