Seven Bridges Trading 23 (Pty) Ltd, the registered company under which Eyona Energy trades, started as a partnership between two Transkei businessmen.

Ownership of the company has since diversified with local empowerment investment company, African Pioneer Energy (Pty) Ltd, holding a total of 79% of the shares bringing the total shareholding in HDI hands to 98%.

Current Chairman of the Board, Stephen Dondolo from majority shareholder African Pioneer Energy, joined the Board in 2014, as did Greg Webb who serves as an independent director.

In 2017, two more non-executive director positions were created, representing the interests of the African Pioneer Group. These are presently occupied by Zola Tshefu and Nomkhita Mona. 

In 2019 the Board was joined by Sisanda Ndungane, shareholder and daughter of founder Richard.  

Founder, Clive Berlyn, and Chief Executive Officer Pat Kelly, have both been involved since the company started and both continue to serve on the Board of Directors. Although no longer a shareholder, Clive Berlyn now serves as an independent director, ensuring continuity and continuing to make his institutional and industry knowledge available to the Board. 

Together these directors bring a wealth of experience to take the company into the future.

“Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the fun, one’s feet moving forward.” – NELSON MANDELA

Powering the Future


Stephen, a self-made businessman from Port Elizabeth, has a background that includes fuel and other forms of retailing. He brings to Eyona Energy his experience in audit committees and ethics committees for a number of organisations as well as his experience building and running his own organisation.

Stephen Dondolo

Chairman, Non-Executive Director and Founder & CEO of African Pioneer (Pty) Ltd

Zola’s main area of expertise lies in IT systems development and deployment. She has held two CEO positions in Kouga Development Agency and EC Tourism Board; prior to which she was an Investment Promotion Specialist at ECDC. Zola’s extensive experience in governance in both public and private sector organisations add significant value to the company. Her current role is that of C.O.O. of the African Pioneer Group.

Zola Tshefu

Non-Executive Director and
COO of the African Pioneer Group

Most long serving member of staff, architect of the operating systems and guardian of standards. Pat has an accounting background.

Pat Kelly

Chief Executive Office
and Executive Director

Greg, a product of King William’s Town, is an internationally accredited mediator. His passion is mediating and the facilitation of conflict resolution, dispute settlement and team effectiveness processes.

Greg Webb

Non-Executive Independent Director and Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Sisanda is a shareholder and daughter of Richard Ndungane, one of the two founders. She is a young, aspiring businesswoman with a track record of service in business councils, including the Gauteng Youth Chamber of Commerce and Progressive Youth in Business. Before deciding to venture out on her own, Sisanda held a leadership position with Experian South Africa. She has a BA from Wits and a post graduate diploma in Business Administration.

Sisanda Ndungane

 Non-Executive Director and Shareholder

Founder and visionary behind the success of the company; Clive has a background in fuel retailing and the Transkei was his home base until his relocation to East London in the early days of the company. He sold his shares in the company in 2021, but remains on the Board as an independent director.

Clive Berlyn

Founder and
Independent Director

Nomkhita is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. She has previously held positions as CEO of a number organisations, including the Eastern Cape Tourism Board, and was Registrar of the Mpumalanga CCMA and a Commissioner in the EC Planning Commission. In addition to serving on the Board of Eyona Energy, Nomkhita is chairperson of both the EC Parks and Tourism Board and of the Association of South Africa Chambers. Nomkhita holds an MBA and Masters Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources.

Nomkhita Mona

Non-Executive Director