Khaya Ngcwembe is taking a sabbatical after parting ways with Lonmin

More than two years after becoming Lonmin's executive vice president of HR, Khaya says he's taking a much-needed extended break.

Khaya Ngcwembe has vacated from his role as Lonmin's Executive Vice President of Human Resources to take a sabbatical. Having joined in May 2017, he is among a number of other executives whose depature coincides with the takeover of Lonmin by Sibanye, which was finalised in June. According this Business Day report, all six of Lonmin's nonexecutive directors resigned soon after the deal was completed. Khaya's departure, which he says became effective in August, appears to have gone surprisingly unnoticed considering how Lonmin is never too far from the newspaper headlines. From the constant threats of violent strike action to shareholder outrage over executive remuneration, coupled with recurring reports of dismal business performance, it is no wonder Khaya wants to take a extended break from all things corporate. 

Asked whether he would still like to attend the upcoming CHRO Awards, Khaya declined saying that, for the next couple of months, he even want to think about anything HR-related. He recently bought a large plot of land and will spending most of his time develop a farm. 

"I think I need a break from people. For now I'm more concerned about cows. I'll start thinking about putting myself on the job market around January, but I'm in no rush to find my next opportunity."

Khaya has extensive experience in human resources having spent approximately 18 years in senior and executive roles at various companies and most recently as Human Resources Director at South African Breweries. He holds a number of qualifications, including a Bachelor’s degree from UNISA, an MBA from UCT Graduate School of Business and postgraduate qualifications in Industrial Relations from the University of Stellenbosch and the Executive Development Programme from the University of Michigan.