SOUTH AFRICA – South African retailer Shoprite has appointed Dawn Marole and Paul Norman to its board as independent non-executive directors.

Marole, who has significant experience as a corporate executive and human resources director, is currently executive chairman of investment holding company Executive Magic.

She has a B Com (Accounting), diploma in tertiary education and an MBA. As an experienced director, Marole has served on various boards including MTN, Kumba Resources, the South African Post Office and Santam.

Her current board positions include Resilient REIT and Richards Bay Minerals. She is a trustee of the Emthunzini BBBEE Community Trust and a member of the Presidential State-Owned Enterprises Council.

“Shoprite’s purpose and values resonate with me. It serves the majority of South Africans with essential products and I’m excited to be part of a business that works hard to realise savings for its customers, and who is at the forefront of digitisation and innovation,” said Marole.

Meanwhile, Norman is an experienced corporate affairs and human resources executive, and is currently group chief human resources officer of MTN Group, where he has worked since 1997, and a member of the MTN SA board.

Norman, who has a masters degree in psychology and an MBA, has chaired MTN remuneration committees in Cyprus, Yemen, Afghanistan, Dubai and Sudan.

“Shoprite is clearly committed to making a difference, is innovative, and driven by a passion to be better, to service customers and to provide value to them.

“It plays a key role in South Africa and on the continent in terms of food security, especially in rural communities, and makes an economic impact, including growing jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities,” said Norman.

The giant retailer has over the past one month expanded its human resource base by over 200, with the opening of new outlets across the country under both its Shoprite and Checkers banner.

Some of its recently launched stores are located at the Magnet Heights Shopping Centre, Olivewood Lifestyle Centre, Dlamini, Somerset Crossing Shopping Centre and Forest Walk Centre.

The new outlets feature some of Shoprite’s iconic offerings to include a convenient shopping experience and access to several in-store departments including fresh foods, a Meat Market and hot & cold foods deli.

Customers can also save time by making use of the in-store Money Market counter. Services include money transfers, buying lotto tickets, paying municipal bills, topping up data, airtime or electricity, purchasing gift cards or savings stamps, buying bus tickets, taking out insurance, and even getting a credit report.

The new openings also include Western Cape’s first Checkers Foods supermarket and KwaZulu-Natal’s third standalone Petshop Science store.

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