The Team

Wasaa remains a 100% black women owned and managed. The company has over 50 years combined experience in the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of gas, fuels and chemicals. Wasaa has a deep understanding of working in different cultural contexts of business. The company leadership is made up of the following directors and managers:


Nokwanele has about 13 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, as well as 8 years’ experience in the IT sector. Her skills span from implementing systems applications and integrating systems through to trading crude oil, fuels and gas as well as being a senior executive and an entrepreneur. She established a world-class trading desk at Petro SA after the merger of SFF, Soekor, and Mossgas, where she pioneered the trading of crude oil through BEE’s in the oil industry as a Trading Manager. During her time as a consultant and an executive at SAP she enjoyed extensive international exposure, including working for SAP UK for 3 years, and appreciation of different cultures. Nokwanele holds a B. Admin degree from the University of the Western Cape, a B. Com Honours degree from the University of Natal, Masters in Business Administration from Kingston University in England, a Certificate from the American Production and Inventory Control Society, and received management training under the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft Management Training Programme in Germany.

She brings a wealth of leadership qualities that have grown Wasaa in a short space of time to admirable levels. The company owes its claim to being a credible player in the oil and gas space to her leverage on industry relationships, her pragmatic approach to doing business, as well as her passion about meaningful empowerment. It is these qualities that led her to being awarded the Best Businesswoman of the Year in 2013 and her company the Best Women-Owned Business by Top Media.


Johnny is a financial and general management professional with over 20 years experience in the oil and gas industry Operations, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Project Management. His career life started at Jackson Metals in 1972 where he started off as a Kardex Clerk and graduated to warehouse management, customer service and subsequently being a Business Analyst at Head Office level.

In 1983 he joined Shell where he spent 27 years aim various portfolios within finance, manufacturing, operations and auditing. Johnny is a dedicated, self-motivated, hard working and compassionate individual who enjoys working in a challenging environment. He is a good team player that is highly dependable and trustworthy. Johnny currently provides a financial, management, taxation and business consultancy service to small and medium type enterprises.

Johnny is a member on the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) and a registered Tax Practitioner, (C1F7F3C). He holds a Masters in Business Leadership degree, B. Compt. Honours, B.Com Accounting as well as Advanced Taxation from UNISA.


Teddy is a sales and marketing management professional  with over 7 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, 5 years in the FMCG Industry and 3 years in the Telecommunication industry. Through his 7 years working experience in the oil and gas industry ,he has hold various strategic sales management roles in the Industrial Portfolio, Construction Portfolio and Commercial Transport Portfolio  at Masana Petroleum Solution.
His 5 years in the FMCG sector 0, Teddy has been in a trainee management programme with the Spar Group for 2 years and also with Distell Group for 3 years  in the sales division. The 3 years  worked in telecommunication industry has been with Cell C as a Regional Sales Manager looking after the formal and informal market .
Teddy is a performance driven person, value customer excellence with high level of  work ethics. He believes in team work ,open communication, and good customer  relationship. His positive attitude  and professionalism  distinguish him from the others..

Teddy holds a National Diploma in Sales and Marketing Management from Durban University of Technology,and currently pursuing a Postgraduate Bcom Honours in Business Management with Unisa