Hermans - Corporate Relations & Public Affairs - Cape Town, WC, South Africa

Mongezi Hermans

Cape Town, WC, South Africa


A Senior Business Executive with 29 years of experience, 16 of which were gained working for a multinational FMCG group with exposure in areas such as; Regulatory Affairs, Government Relations, Public & Corporate Affairs, Management of Tax Policy and Illicit Trade.

A leader with the ability to effectively engage and influence stakeholders especially Governments which is key to success within the Corporate & Regulatory Affairs environment. A team player who shares knowledge and learnings amongst the team in an effort to support them and ensure the best results are delivered.

Successful in building sustainable relations with high ranking Government stakeholders across SACU area resulting in revision of the most draconian laws and achievement of sensible tax policy, and saving millions of rands for the business. Pivotal in driving for MoU’s with four SACU member states on illicit trade resulting in adoption SACU resolution by the Council of Ministers in December 2012.

Sixteen years of HR experience with large involvement in the BAT change management programme that resulted in the excellent organisational culture which later earned BAT several accolades as a great place to work and an employer of choice.


Corporate Relations & Public Affairs


A Senior Manager with 29 years of experience, 16 of which were gained working for a multinational FMCG group with exposure in areas such as; Regulatory Affairs, Government Relations, Public & Corporate Affairs, Management of Tax Policy

Work History

Sustainability Manager

British American Tobacco

March 2014 - August 2014

Driiving sustainability agenda & reporting
Corporate transformation including BBBEE
Corporate Social Reponsibility initiatives
Drive corporate SED programme

Head: Government Relations & Public Policy, Sub Saharan Africa

General Motors South Africa

From September 2014

Drive corporate strategy on full scope of Corporate Relations at Senior Leadership Level.
Planning and execution of stakeholder management initiatives.
Leadership of CSR strategy and execution.
Leadership of corporate social transformation including BBBEE.
Government Relations & Public Policy engagement.
Drive organisational preparedness & compliance with regulations and/or public policy.
Interface with other business organisations and community relations.

Regulatory Specialist

British American Tobacco

June 2013 - February 2014

Regulatory Planning & Execution
Stakeholder Engagement
Driving organisational preparedness & compliance

Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Manager: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia & Swaziland

British American Tobacco SA

February 2009 - May 2013

His ultimate responsibility is to develop and implement strategies and plans to promote a sensible regulatory framework for tobacco with government and relevant regulatory bodies, and to communicate with such stakeholders how BAT operates responsibly. These strategies and plans include acting as a corporate communications conduit for the BAT companies in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland and other stakeholders including SACU and SADC.
• To ensure that all marketing activities comply with the International Marketing Standards, Marketing Code of Conduct, voluntary agreements and prevailing regulations.
• To participate actively in the strategy development and decision making processes within the SAM business unit in the field of corporate and regulatory affairs.

Regulatory Affairs Manager, Government Relations

British American Tobacco South Africa

August 2005 - January 2009

Government Relations and Stakeholder Management

Risk & Facilities Manager

British American Tobacco South Africa

May 2001 - August 2005

Risk Management
Occupational Health Safety
Business Security Management
Facilities Management i.e. Outsourced services, Canteens, Contract Management, Managing SLA's
Environmental Management
Community Involvement i.e. CSI
Stakeholder Management
People Leadership
Coordinate social reporting activities of the factory

Human Resources Development Practitioner

British American Tobacco South Africa

January 1998 - April 2001

Training and Development with a major focus on Organisational Development, Organisational Change and Embedding of Skills Development Act and Employement Equity

Trainee HR Management

Stellenbosch Farmers Winery

October 1996 - January 1998

Full HR scope with a more focus on Employment Relations, Training & Development, Organisational Change Management. I became internal change management facilitator in the OIM programme dealing with Cultural Diversity.


Abaqondisi Brothers

January 1992 - January 1992

Human Resources Officer

Stellenbosch Municipality

June 1985 - September 1996

Full scope of HR: Administration including payment of salaries and benefits, Industrial Relations, Training and Development, Recruitment, slection and appointments. Occupational health and safety etc.


Dinner in Sweden with SA Embassador

Parliamentary Study Tour to Sweden

In Parliament

During Public Hearings

Meeting with Deputy High Commissioner in London

During Parliamentary Study Tour to Sweden

Qualifications & Certifications

Bachelor of Business Administration

Hill University

University of the Western Cape/Universiteit van Wes-Kaapland

Leadership Development Programme

Gordon Institute of Business Science

B Econ

Stellenbosch University/Universiteit Stellenbosch

Local Government & Public Management

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Inyathi High School

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