Pioneer Foods: Nandipha Ngumbela

Nandipha joined Pioneer Foods in January 2018.

Pioneer Foods' group HR executive Nandipha Ngumbela has extensive experience as an HR professional, with a career spanning 20 years. She has occupied various senior roles at corporates including Old Mutual, Engen, Liberty Health, Chevron and Clicks. She has specialist capabilities in transformation and employment equity as well as talent and performance management.


Jan 2018 – Present: Group Executive: Human Resources, HR, Pioneer Foods

Oct 2015 – Dec 2017: Head of HR, Clicks Group

May 2011 – Sep 2015: HR Director, Chevron

Sep 2008 – Apr 2011: Head of HR, Liberty Health Holdings

Dec 2007 – Aug 2008: Corporate HR Manager, Engen

Jan 2005 – Nov 2007: HR Manager, Old Mutual Investment Group Property


Jul 2003 – Dec 2004: Divisional HR Manager, Agriculture Research Culture (ARC)

Jul 2000 – Jun 2003: HR Manager, South African Port Operation

Aug 1999 – Jun 2000: Acting Communications Manager, Portnet

Apr 1998 – Aug 1999 Communications Consultant, Portnet


2006 – 2012: Masters in Business Leadership, University of South Africa

2003 – 2003: Human Resource Management, UCT Graduate School of Business

2001 – 2001: Advanced Management Development Programme, WITS Business 


1999 – 1999: Certificate in Public Relations, Public Relations Institute of

                       Southern Africa

1995 – 1997: BA, Communications and Psychology, University of South Africa

About Pioneer Foods

Pioneer Foods the second largest listed FMCG Company in South Africa, producing and distributing a broad range of branded foods and beverages. Mainly operating in SA, the company provides wholesale, retail and informal trade customers. The company also exports its products to more than 60 countries around the globe. The group’s range of products has grown to include some of South Africa’s most beloved brands, including WEET-BIX, Liqui-Fruit, Ceres, SASKO, Safari, Spekko and White Star Super Maize Meal.