Sonwabo Maholwana


Job Title: Head of Human Capital

Company: African Bank


Sonwabo Maholwanaiba has been appointed as head of human capital for African Bank’s Business Banking division.

He was previously the Head of People and Organisation (P&O) at Novartis in March 2023. Prior to his current position, Sonwabo held several leadership roles in leading companies including Human Resources Director at Boehringer Ingelheim and Givaudan.  Sonwabo also served as a Human Resources Manager at Jaguar Land Rover Africa, Johnson & Johnson, Herbalife, and Samsung Electronics. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Wits Business School and Certificate in Labour Relations. He completed his National Diploma in HR Management at Buffalo City College in East London.


2024 - Present      Head of Human Capital, African Bank - Business Banking division
2023 - 2024:         Head of People and Organisation (P&O), Novartis
2019 - 2023:          Human Resources Director, Boehringer Ingelheim
2017 - 2019:           Human Resources Director Africa, Givaudan
2015 - 2016:          Human Resources Manager, Jaguar Land Rover Africa
2013 - 2015:          Operations HR Manager, Johnson & Johnson
2010 - 2013:         Human Resources Manager - Africa, Herbalife
2008 - 2010:         Head of HR, Samsung Electronics
2005 - 2008:         HR Business Partner, RB (Reckitt)
2001 - 2004:         HR Business Partner, Kimberly-Clark

2017 - 2018:          PDBA, Business, Wits Business School
2016 - 2017:          Management Advancement Program, Wits Business School
2005 - 2005:         Certificate in Labour Relations, Industrial Relations, Wits Business School
1997 - 2000:         National Diploma - HR Management, Buffalo City College

About African Bank: African Bank Limited, is a retail bank in South Africa, that offers financial products and services. The Bank is licensed as a "locally controlled bank" by the South African Reserve Bank.

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