Herman Mashaba

Newly elected Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba was born on August 26 1959 in GaRamotse, Hammanskraal, Gauteng. He is the founder of cosmetics company, Black Like Me, and is a renowned businessman having worked his way up from near-poverty to hold high-ranking positions in the property and real estate; consumer goods; building, construction and engineering; and mining, energy and natural resources sectors.

Herman resigned from his position as chairman of the Free Market Foundation to pursue a career in politics.

His decision to join the DA was an endorsement of our principles of non-racialism, a healthy economy which delivers on jobs, and a smaller, more effective government dedicated to a constructive partnership with business.

He is the author of two books: “Black Like Me” and “Capitalist Crusader”, both of which detail his business savvy despite having grown up with the odds against him in the apartheid regime.

Herman is married to Connie and they have two children, Khensani and Rhulani. He plays golf and tennis when he finds the time, and he supports both Soweto soccer rivals Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

Herman believes that innovation and change are the bedrock of a well-managed, compassionate, and dynamic city. His vision is to create many jobs in the City of Gold over five years.

If Johannesburg works, South Africa works,” he says.


Mayoral Committee Members

Name Role Contact info

Herman Mashaba

Executive Mayor


Sharon Peetz

Economic Development


Nico De Jager

Environment and Infrastructure Services


Yao-Heng Michael Sun

Public Safety


Nonhlanhla Sifumba

Community Development


Richard Funzela Ngobeni

Development Planning


Dr Rabelani Dagada



Dr Valencia Ntombi Khumalo

Corporate and Shared services


Dr Mpho Phalatse

Health and Social Development