Our Team

Ms Nelisile Thanjekwayo​

Ms Nelisile Thanjekwayo​

Board Member

Neli is the Group Head of Legal and Compliance for Hans Merensky Holdings, overseeing the legal and compliance function of the group which is made up of over 50 entities between Europe, America, and Southern Africa.



Neli was the Global Commercial Lead Counsel at Shell Downstream SA. Her role involved facilitating and managing bank facilities and refinancing, developing structures for the management of the Transformation Fund (aimed at Shell’s ESD initiatives), as well as the development and implementation of the secondary distribution networks and logistics.

Neli was awarded Norton Rose Fulbright scholarships to pursue her legal studies. In 2013 and 2015, respectively, she obtained her LLB and LLM (in Commercial and Business Law) degrees from Wits Law School.

Whilst pursuing her LLM, she was offered an opportunity by the Swiss government to concurrently study towards a Master of International Law and Economics at the University of Bern, a degree she obtained cum laude in 2015.

What truly makes Neli special is her passion for the advancement of marginalised communities through fostering sustainable development.

Neli served as the Deputy Chairperson of SA Day, an organisation that is focused on the revival of marginalised communities across South Africa through the facilitation of investments.

As a part of her role, she obtained funds, driving these through public/private partnerships towards the various economic initiatives aimed at the marginalised communities across South Africa.

She is a professional that upholds the highest standards and ethics of her legal profession. Her insight, intellect and deep understanding of matters makes her well placed to give strong contributions to matters that are placed before her.

Neli’s ability to evaluate matters strategically as well as navigate transactional requirements is what distinguishes her as a talented professional