GS1 South Africa Council Members

GS1 South Africa Member Organisation, is governed by a Council represented by key stakeholders and decision makers in industry.

The GS1 Council fulfils the following roles:

i. Regarding GS1:

a. Ensuring that good governance is in place in general.

b. The GS1 strategy is realistic and aligned with industry needs.

c. The GS1 income/expenses are healthy.

d. Reports back to the CGCSA board on the GS1 activities.

ii. Verifies that industry projects are viable and has an industry need. Ensures that projects are well scoped in terms of funding, resources, deliverables & timelines.

ii. Verifies that industry projects are viable and has an industry need. Ensures that projects are well scoped in terms of funding, resources, deliverables & timelines.

ii. Verifies that industry projects are viable and has an industry need. Ensures that projects are well scoped in terms of funding, resources, deliverables & timelines.

GS1 South Africa Council Members


GS1 Council Chairman | Llewellyn Steeneveldt

Group Commercial Executive, Massmart Holdings

Llewellyn graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1991 as a Physical Metallurgist and has an MBA from Wits Business School. After seven years with Tongaat-Hulett group and three years with the Industrial Development Corporation, He joined Massmart as a Business Analyst in 2002. He has since held various positions within the Group, including Executive Assistant to the CEO and Managing Director of Builders Express. Llewellyn was appointed Group Commercial Executive and joined the Massmart Executive Committee in July 2009.


Marco Rademeyer

Head of Master Data & Data Governance, Pick n Pay.

Marco is the Head of Master Data & Data Governance at Pick n Pay for the past 8 years. He has been driving the adoption of the GS1 Standards since 2008 and is an advisor to many local enterprises in the champions session on how they can leverage master data in their digital transformation strategies.

Marco is passionate about Data Governance and Master Data Quality with extensive experience in information systems and networks.

CGCSA (75)

Michele Francis Padayachee

Executive Head , GS1 South Africa

Michele joined the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) as the GS1 Executive Head in March 2017 from Accenture South Africa, where she served as a Senior Business and System Integration Manager.

Prior to joining Accenture Michele held Service Delivery Management, positions in the Planning and Forecasting areas of Supply Chain and Procurement Management. She has worked on transformations projects in organization like Shoprite, Unilever, McCain Foods, Nampak Tissues, Omnia Foods, JD Group, QAD and SAP.

Her career spans across both the operational implementation and strategic direction which encompasses, retail, manufacturing and financial services industries.

CGCSA (40)

Gwarega Mangozhe

Chief Executive Officer, CGCSA

Gwarega joined CGCSA in January 2012 from Internatio Mueller Chemicals Distribution (IMCD) South Africa (a subsidiary of the Rotterdam based IMCD Group), where he served as Financial Director. He has a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He then went on to complete his MBA as well as an Executive Development Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
Prior to joining IMCD South Africa, Gwarega held senior management positions in Sales, Operations and Finance at Avis Fleet Services South Africa, a division of the Barloworld Group. He also has extensive knowledge of the public sector as he has consulted with several government entities in the areas of compliance, strategy and organisational re-engineering.


Alan Beningfield

Group DC & Corporate Systems Manager, The SPAR Group

Alan has a B Com Hons degree and later obtained a MBL. Alan joined SPAR as a Senior Business Analyst and has been with SPAR for the last 15 years. As Group IT Implementation Manager he started and built up the Group Implementation department from scratch. Under his lead a Radio Frequency project was rolled out across 7 regional distribution centres. In October 2012 he became the KZN Regional IT Director and in September 2016 he was promoted to the Group DC & Corporate Systems Manager.

Tracy Dennison

Tracy Dennison

Unilever eCommerce Africa IT eCommerce

Tracy has been involved with GS1 standards since 2004 and has been passionate about promoting the use of global standards and GDSN within the South African industry. Stemming from a programming background, Tracy has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Information Systems and has worked for the McCarthy Motor division, Lansing Linde UK and Unilever South Africa. Within Unilever as IT analyst, Tracy has been involved in numerous global and local projects focused on Supply Chain and Customer processes and integration, which brings a wealth of business and systems knowledge and expertise.

With her current portfolio sitting largely in the eCommerce space, Tracy is very enthusiastic about building on the basics that GDSN has facilitated, into a digitally connected world that demands credible enhanced content and feels strongly about the enriched GS1 standards playing an integral part in developing online platforms across Africa cost-effectively.


Lourena Griebenow

Head of Business Solutions, The Shoprite Group of Companies

Lourena holds a BCom degree with specialization in Informatics and has obtained formal qualifications in Systems Analysis & Design and Project Management. She started her career in the Financial Industry where she implemented various Client differentiation projects. Lourena joined Shoprite in 2005 and since then has managed various executive level project implementations. She became a Senior Manager in IT for SAP Retail System Support during 2013 and was appointed as Business Solutions Manager in 2016, after managing the business deliveries of a major programme. Lourena was instrumental in establishing Master data quality and actively manages and support the delivery of business data cleansing in her role as Business Solutions Manager.