Eric is one of the founding members of Empilweni Payout Services and the Zamani Group of Companies.
After graduating with a B Proc degree from the University of the north, he went on to complete an LLB at theUniversity of the Witwatersrand.
Managing Director and co-founder, Charmaine was raised and educated in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Raised by an entrepreneurial mother, she gained an astute understanding of business from hands-on involvement in various family-owned enterprises.
She completed various administrative and businesses courses. She began her career as a private teacher. Thereafter she became instrumental in setting up and managing the family retail business, which includes various filling stations and supermarkets until 1999.
Charmaine Mabuza was first appointed as one of the first black female Sheriffs in South Africa for the Nelspruit High Court in 2002 and then she was subsequently appointed the Lower Sheriff in 2002. She had been acting as Lower Court Sheriff since 2007. She has served as a Board Member on the South African Board for Sheriffs since 2005. During this period, she was a member of the executive committee. During 2005 to 2013, she served as the chairperson of the finance and HR Committee. In 2011, she was reappointed to serve on the Board and she served as the deputy chairperson. During this period, she was responsible for the executive management’s performance and the organisation’s strategic plan oversight.
She also served as a member of the finance committee. In 2011, she was appointed as the Chair of the Board and has been at the helm of the organisation during the landmark appointment of new Sheriffs for the first time in 10 years. This has necessitated that the Board be re-structured in order fulfill its mandate namely transformation of the profession and the regulation of the Sheriffs. Under the capable guidance and leadership of Charmaine Mabuza, the Board successfully re-positioned itself and has now become a recognised and a key stakeholder in the Justice family Cluster. The Board is now the recognised authority in sheriffing matters. Charmaine is accredited with bringing about many changes that have taken place in the recent past both within the profession of the sheriffs and within the Board. She has been instrumental in carving out and properly defining the pivotal role of the Board.
She is known for leadership attributes and is one of South Africa’s leading businesswomen and serves as a true example of a black woman entrepreneur.
She has served on various Boards and structures:
- Co-Founder principal shareholder Empilweni Payout Group of Companies
- Gripp (Greater Nelspruit Rape intervention Programme)
- SDI (Sanco Development Institute)
- Sheriff of Lower Court Nelspruit
- South African National Association for Sheriffs
- Chairperson Voluntary Association of Sheriffs in Mpumalanga
- Penreach Foundation
- Mpumalanga Black Lawyers Association
- Sheriff of High Court Nelspruit
- Chairperson South African Board for Sheriffs
- Trustee for UNISA Foundation
- Director WIPHOLD
Advocate Mabuza earned the distinction of being one of the few black lawyers to obtain a Diploma in Trial Advocacy from the USA’s prestigious Harvard University, which was followed by an LLB from Georgetown University in Washington DC. During this time he also served as a part time legal advisor on the Black American Lawyers Committee for Human Rights.
He was admitted to the Johannesburg bar as an advocate in 1987.
During 1992, as talks to dismantle apartheid began, he played a pivotal role as advisor to the Kangwane Government Delegation at CODESA, in addition to occupying a position on the Board of the Kangwane Economic Development Corporation. He also held directorships of a diverse spectrum of companies.
He has served on the Board for MEGA (Mpumalanga Growth Agency).
Adv Mabuza has also served on numerous other boards as advisor or director.