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Desiree De Andrade

Qualifications – BA LLB LLM (Masters in Media Law) Studies were at University of Port Elizabeth and Masters Degree at Wits University. I also studied journalism at Rhodes University as part of my BA

Admitted Attorney of the High Court of RSA, practising in commercial law as Mogul Consulting since 2007. This practice deals primarily with mergers & acquisitions and provides legal advice to bouquet of SMEs and large companies in South Africa and internationally. We have a full company secretarial service in South Africa and work with various well-known CEOs and directors of companies in the technology, manufacturing, sports, property, mining and others.

Shareholder and Director of Mogul Equine (Pty) Ltd, which supplies equine equipment including compression hoods and related items for the benefit of horses.

Shareholder and Director of USA Delaware tech company which focuses on payment processing

Racehorse owner holding shares in various horses. In total our family owns 14 horses.

Passion – my family and my equine family.

Goals in relation to ROA – to bring balance

Board Member

Jessica Motaung

Jessica Motaung is an accomplished sports marketing and events industry leader and a household name in South African football, who is now firmly establishing herself in the horseracing industry as a burgeoning racehorse owner.
Arguably the most influential woman in South African football, Jessica is the Marketing and Commercial Director of Kaizer Chiefs, the largest and most successful soccer club in South Africa.
She has been an integral part of the legacy that has built the Kaizer Chiefs brand into the iconic status it enjoys today as a successful juggernaut both on and off the field.
She is constantly stepping outside of her comfort zone by challenging the status quo. In doing so, she has once again broken barriers with her new passion for the elegant and refined sport of horseracing. A member of The Racehorse Owners Association, she has investments and shares in three racehorses on the South African horseracing circuit, viz Lady Zultanite, Brave Viking and Harold The Duke. Jessica was approached to come on to the Board of the Racehorse Owners Association and we are pleased to announce that she has accepted the nomination.
Jessica is a long-serving member of the Kaizer Chiefs Board of Directors and her responsibilities as the club’s Marketing and Commercial Director include overall marketing, commercial affairs, business development, event co-ordination, sponsor relationship management and directing the various departments in her portfolio. These include the club’s communications, brand, sponsorship, digital, retail, publishing, legacy, supporters, and commercial division.
Jessica forged her career as the owner and manager of a successful production company that hosted numerous top local and international events.
She has been instrumental in fulfilling Kaizer Chiefs’ vision to become a globally recognised brand, while bringing new focus and value to the club’s millions of loyal fans in South Africa.
Jessica serves as a member of the Premier Soccer League Board of Governors and on the Compliance Committee as well as on the PSL Adhoc Commercial Committee. She has also served on the Board of Tennis South Africa and most recently has been appointed as a member of the Confederation of African Football’s Organising Committee for Women’s Football.
With more than 20 years of professional experience in business, ranging from retail to TV production and from direct marketing to executive directorships, Jessica is a consummate professional and a natural leader.
She is a creative thinker who loves to read and discuss new ideas and strategy. She is passionate about getting South Africa to read. Jessica has a highly developed and instinctual communication ability and radiates a truly unique charisma. Her positive attitude and sense of humour makes her not only a role model to a whole generation of women, but she inspires greatness in all that meet her.
Board Member

Greg Kotzen

Passion for racing via family from young age.
Uncle Natie Kotzen was a jockey/trainer, Late cousin Grant Kotzen was a jockey ,cousins Glen and Nathan Kotzen and wife Sharon Kotzen are trainers.
Have been in the corporate world my entire career, Academic achievement NQF Level 7, now retired as senior manager from the DCD group.
Currently assisting SKR as racing manager, and a trustee at our complex.

Racing Highlights

1) 2008: My 1st Winner as a Owner: Shipwreck: Trained by by cousin Glen Kotzen
2) 2015: Have a runner in the S A Derby: Save The Rhino: Trained by Mr Ormond Ferraris. The winner that year the Amazing Legal Eagle.
3) 2018: Wining My first listed Race. Just Chaos: the Racing Association Stakes. Trained by my Wife Sharon Kotzen (SKR)

Proposed plan as Board Member: see younger people being brought into the racing game and to ensure more transparency and confidence in the racing industry. Looking after the needs and the interest of All the Owners involved in East Cape Racing.

Board Member

Garth Towell

Garth completed a B.COMM LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1993, and
joined FTSE 100 listed CPG company Kimberly-Clark, holding numerous senior
management and executive positions in South Africa and the United Kingdom, with
responsibilities across the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa (MEA) region,
culminating in the Managing Director role for sub-Saharan Africa from 2008-2013.He
contested the 2014 South African national general election with a newly formed
political party, Agang-SA, winning two seats in the National Assembly.

Garth subsequently joined the Ethos Private Equity Group in 2014, completing the
acquisition of a number of CPG companies and successfully leading to the
establishment, integration and operation of the Twinsaver Group. He has recently
completed a 3-year contract as Group Chief Executive Officer.

He is a former Board member of the South African American Chamber of
Commerce (AmCham), Vice-chair of the South African Paper Manufacturers
Association (PAMSA) and current Board member of the South African Institute
of Race Relations (SAIRR).

Garth has been a member of the Racehorse Owners Association for over a decade and has horses in training with the Sean Tarry yard.

Board Member

Natalie Turner

Natalie Turner joined the ROA in 2009 after completing her articles and holds a B. Com degree in Financial Accounting. She managed Finance, HR and Administration until her appointment as CEO in July 2020. In addition, she oversees the transformation projects of The Thoroughbred Horse Racing Trust which include the Work Riders Programme on the Highveld and Eastern Cape as well as the Gauteng Jockey Academy. Natalie also represents the ROA on the South African Jockey Academy Board.

She registered her individual colours in June 2020 and has been involved in various partnerships. She has an inherent passion for the industry, strives to serve not only members but all participants in horseracing and is determined to make a meaningful difference.

Board Member

Jackie Sparke

Jackie Sparke is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and boasts over 33 years of experience in finance and tax. Most recently, she was the Finance Director for Mary Oppenheimer Daughters till December 2021 and retired in June 2023. Jackie served as a director of numerous family companies and had been with E Oppenheimer & Son (Pty) Ltd from September 2003 until 30 June 2018, when her employment contract was transferred to Mary Oppenheimer Daughters (Pty) Ltd. Jackie was responsible for all the financial and tax affairs of over 60 entities including the services company and all other related companies, trusts and individual family members.
During her working career with the Oppenheimer family, Jackie was responsible for the financials for the stud and racing activities for Mauritzfontein. In May 2021 Jackie joined the Magical Lady Syndicate and was a part owner in the syndicate’s first filly, Miss Magician, daughter of Willow Magic. Miss Magician won her first race for the syndicate in June of 2021 and the bug had clearly bitten as Jackie continued with her ownership journey when the syndicate purchased another chestnut filly at the National Yearling Sale, a Vercingetorix filly called Mrs Geriatrix. One could say the rest is history as Mrs Geriatrix went on to win Champion Two-Year-Old Filly at the Highveld Feature Season Awards and the Equus Awards for the 2022/2023 season.

Being part of the syndicate has been an incredibly exciting and rewarding experience for Jackie, she says “Despite being associated with stud and racing activities for many years I never dreamed that I would ever own a racehorse but the syndicate made a dream come true. I am proud to be involved with such a dynamic group of ladies and have shared many special and exciting moments and memories over the last couple of years. We were all super gifted when Sean Tarry, our phenomenal trainer, found our fairy tale filly Mrs Geriatrix who has real class and above all the biggest heart. It has been the most amazing journey for me and often have to pinch myself that it is for real”

Jackie has since retired from day-to-day corporate activities and now provides financial and tax consulting services. She brings extensive corporate experience, financial and tax acumen and by being an owner in a modern South African racing context, she offers substantial insight into the racing experience for current and potential owners. Especially from a syndication or fractional owner point of view, areas which are key to the future sustainability of the sport.

Board Member

Xander Spies

Xander Spies is a dynamic young figure in the South African horseracing landscape, bringing a fresh perspective and innovative strategies aimed at rejuvenating the sport for future generations. As a qualified attorney with a deep-rooted legacy in racing, Xander represents the culmination of three generations of passion and expertise in the industry. His grandfather, Tobie Spies, a revered trainer, laid the foundation, while his father, Corné Spies, continues to be a luminary in the field as a celebrated trainer.
At the age of 27, Xander has already carved out a notable path as a successful racehorse owner. His accomplishments in the racing world are impressive, boasting ownership stakes in several distinguished horses such as William Robertson, Van Halen, Singforafa, and Imperial Ruby. His portfolio includes two Grade 1 victories, a Grade 2 win, three Grade 3 triumphs, and a multitude of listed race successes.

His vision extends beyond personal achievements; he is deeply committed to the revitalization of horse racing in South Africa. Recognizing the challenges faced by the sport, he is dedicated to devising novel and modern strategies that resonate with the younger demographic. His aim is to ensure the sustainability and growth of racing by making it more accessible and appealing to the youth, thereby securing its future.

Xander's professional background as an attorney, combined with his racing pedigree, equips him with a unique blend of skills and insights that are invaluable to the ROA and the racing community. Xander hopes that with his contribution, the future of South African horseracing may embrace a renewed sense of potential and optimism.