Lemon Tree Group

The Team

Dr Louis Scheepers

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Louis Scheepers is a local government specialist with more than 25 years’ experience in the management of metropolitan, district and local municipalities. Louis has a strong background in all aspects of strategic planning & management, institutional turnaround, people development & management and organisational transformation & design. He has a specific interest in spatial planning and addressing spatial inequities that exist in most South African towns and cities.   

Alex Abercrombie

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 Alex Abercrombie is a Director of Grand Parade Investments Limited a South African Company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. He is chairman of all the GPI and Sun International Slots Group of companies which includes the holding company, the management company, as well as the 6 slots routes owned by the company countrywide. He is a director of Grandwest Casino and the Table Bay Hotel and is the chairman of Golden Valley Casino in Worcester. He has numerous other business interests, including chair of Croftland Business Development Services.

He is a consultant to the law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr having practised as an attorney for 36 years. He was appointed the Deputy Chair of the Council of the College of Cape Town. He is a qualified Commercial Mediator and a former Acting Judge of the Cape High Court.

Appointed Chairman of the Appeal Board of the South African Football Association and now the SAFA Integrity Officer.

Appointed by the Minister of Sport as Chair of the Appeal Board of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS).

Former President, Nelson Mandela, presented Alex with a Special State Award: “In Recognition of Services to South African Football.”

Makwena Seshoka-Modimola

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  Makwena Audrey Seshoka has over twenty years’ experience in the Contact Centre /Customer service and Human Resources, Banking/Finance and ICT fields. She has worked as an Agent, Coach, Human Resources Manager, Call Centre Manager, Trainer/Facilitator and a Regional Manager - Contact Centres. Her wealth of experience was acquired through working with some of the major contact centre outsourcing organisations, such as, Merchants – a fully owned Dimension Data company and major captive contact centres i.e. WesBank, Direct Medicine, a subsidiary of Afrox, amongst others.  

Desmond Grootboom

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Desmond Grootboom started his professional career as an attorney but has since branched into entrepreneurship and consulting. He was part of the team that established the Cape Town Jazz Festival. For the 2010 FIFA World Cup his company, ACCESS, trained 11 000 stewards for the World Cup and for deployment at rugby and soccer stadiums. Desmond was also part of the project management team which comprised of a team of lawyers, engineers, architects, social workers, and equity and debt financiers on the R2.2 billion Project Soekmekaar Solar Power Station in Limpopo.  

Tim Damons

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  Tim Damons has a strong track record within the procurement and supply chain industry, having operated at operational, strategic and executive management levels for more than 15 years. He has worked for a number of the world’s leading blue-chip companies (both locally and internationally) such as MWEB Commercezone (part of Naspers), Citigroup (London), Barclays Africa and AB InBev. 

Tim holds a BA (Hons) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, successfully completed his Management Development Program (MDP) through the Gordon Institute of Business Science and holds an MCIPS designation from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply in the UK (CIPS). 

Dr Joey Moses

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    Joey Moses was admitted as an advocate in 1991 and started his practice at the Cape Bar in 1993, when he also joined the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL). He has been a member and served as its chairperson for eight (8) years. He authored the only book currently dealing with parole, titled, Parole in South Africa, which was published by Juta in January 2012. Joey served as an acting Judge in the Western Cape High Court for four consecutive terms in 2010 - 2011. He is an accredited mediator and arbitrator; and has served on various commissions. 

Carol Beerwinkel

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Carol Beerwinkel   

was an Educator by profession for 15 years and had a stint in private sector, (financial responsibilities for AMC Classic Head Office) prior to just having completed her 2nd term in office as an ANC MPL in Western Cape Legislature. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the political arena after having served in both Local Government as well as provincial sphere of Government. 

She has served as a chairperson of Planning and Development Committee at both the Oostenberg sub-council as well as in the City of Cape Town. She has also been a sub-council chairperson and a Mayco Member for Human Settlements and Development Planning during her stint at the City of cape Town from 2002 – 2009. 

At Provincial Legislature she was Shadow MEC for Education, Development and Environment Planning, and Finance (which includes Budget, Treasury, SCOPA) since 2009 up to 2019. Also Local Government and the Local Government Oversight committee where her passion for people’s involvement was strengthened. 

In her last term at the Legislature she was the Shadow MEC Finance, an executive member of Western Cape Commonwealth Parliament Branch, as well as Western Cape Branch representative to both Africa and International Commonwealth Parliament Association. 

Under her belt she can be credited with her continued persistence for oversight, and public participation, accountability and visible outcomes of budget reprocesses enhanced by her role as a SCOPA member and close working relationship and guidance by AGSA. To her credit the amendment of Money Bills enactment was initiated, also the importance of gender sensitive budgeting is now being implemented. Also among her pet projects is the importance of public participation in both Local Government and Education to enhance the implementation of accountability, empower communities to understand their rights and make Local Government more accountable and responsive to people’s needs. 

She has also acquired a Certificate in Governance and Leadership from Wits University School of Governance in 2016.

Ms Beerwinkel is widely travelled building up best practices in governance of other countries to enhance better implementation of policies, laws and regulations.

Education, communication, conflict resolution, financial interrogation, fiscal oversight rates amongst Ms Beerwinkel’s strengths.