Rhodes Food Group: Chwayita Mareka

Chwayita joined Rhodes Food Group in July 2019.

Chwayita joined Rhodes Food Group as the group HR director in July 2019. Prior to this, she spent eight years at Engen, which she joined in 2011 as a Talent Development Manager. She held various roles there, including Organisational Development Manager and HR Business Partner before, taking on the top HR job in 2017. Before Engen, she worked at the Coega Development Corporation and at Transnet. She also currently sits on the Board of Directors for Engen Botswana. Chwayita holds a National Diploma in Public Management and an MBA.


Jul 2019 - Present: Group HR Director, Rhodes Food Group

Mar 2017 – Jun 2019: General Manager, HR, Engen

Jan 2016 – Feb 2017: HR Business Partner Engen

Jan 2014 – Dec 2015: Organisational Development Manager, Engen

Feb 2011 – Dec 2013: Talent Development Manager, Engen

Jan 2006 – Jan 2011: Human Resources Manager, Coega Development


2000 – 2005: HR Business Partner, Transnet (Transwerk)


2007: Programme in Strategic HR Leadership, Stellenbosch University

2005: MBA, University of South Africa

2003: Management Development Programme, University of South Africa

1996: National Diploman, Public Administration and Management Border Technikon

About Engen

Engen Petroleum is a South African oil company focusing on the downstream refined petroleum products market and related businesses. The company’s core functions are the refining of crude oil, the marketing of primary refined petroleum products and the provision of convenience services via an extensive retail network. Engen has offices in 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. The company has distributor agreements in a number of other countries in the region as well.