Vodacom: Matimba Mbungela

Matimba Mbungela has been with Vodacom since 2003.

Now the Chief Human Resource Officer of the company, he has proven that he is extremely passionate about HR and helping people achieve ultimate success in their careers and. Matibma also hosted the inaugural CHRO roundtable in March 2017. Having before held senior HR positions at Unilever and BMW South Africa, he joined Vodacom as the Executive head of HR in 2003. He later fulfilled his long-standing goal of working abroad when he relocated to London, where he spent three years on secondment to Vodafone as the Regional Head of Organisational Effectiveness & Change, and Regional Head of Talent within the Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific “AMAP” region.  Prior to his assignment to the Vodafone AMAP Region, Matimba was responsible for Talent Management at Vodacom for six years where he successfully delivered the integration of Vodacom's local talent strategy into the Vodafone global strategy. He returned to Vodacom South Africa in 2013 and was promoted to his current role in 2014.


Apr 2014 – Present:              CHRO, Vodacom

Jul 2013 – Mar 2014:            Managing Executive, HR, Vodacom South Africa

Aug 2011 – Jun 2013:            Regional Head of Organisation Effectiveness and Change: Africa, Middle East and Asia, Vodafone

Oct 2010 – Sep 2011:             Head of Talent: Arica, Middle East and Asia Pacific Region, Vodafone

Feb 2009 – Oct 2010:             Group Executive, Learning and Development, Vodacom Group

Sep 2004 – Dec 2009:            Managing Executive, HR, Vodacom

Jan 2003 – Aug 2004:            Executive Head, HR, Vodacom

Sep 2000 – Jan 2003:            HR Operations Manager, BMW South Africa

Jan 1998 – Aug 2000:            HR Manager, Unilever

May 1996 – Jun 1998:            Senior HR Officer. Unilever

Aug 1994 – May 1996:           HR Officer, Mondi Cartonboard


2003 – 2006:                           MBA, Strategy & Human Resources, University of Kwazulu Natal

1993:                                       Postgraduate Diploma, University of Cape Town

1998 – 1990:                           B.Admin, Politics, Public Administration, Economics

About Vodacom

Vodacom is a leading African mobile communications company providing a wide range of services including mobile voice, messaging, data and converged services to over 61 million customers. In addition to South Africa, it has mobile operations to include networks in Tanzania, the DRC, Mozambique and Lesotho and it’s mobile networks cover a population of approximately 200 million people. Through Vodacom Business Africa, the company also offers business managed services to enterprises in 30 countries across the continent. Vodacom is majority owned by Vodafone, one of the world's largest mobile communications companies by revenue.