We are experts at agricultural supply chain optimisation, from field to factory.

We are experts in supply chain optimisation and create value for all stakeholders at every stage.

Our producers and processors are our clients and our partners. We provide them with the ongoing, actionable advice they need to succeed in their businesses – from price management, to storage and logistics, quality control and risk mitigation.

Maneli Commodities is on a trajectory to becoming a market leader in commodity trading and we’re proud of the increasingly meaningful contribution we’re making to food security and sustainability on our continent.

Our people

Our people are experts in their chosen fields of expertise and have a wealth of experience across all principal disciplines.

Zipho Sikhakhane

Zipho Sikhakhane


Zipho has spent her career in strategy and management positions for world leading organisations, including McKinsey & Company, INDITEX Zara and Circle Food Group. Zipho is also a business speaker and advisor, having presented to audiences across 4 continents, including a TEDx Talk delivered in the U.S. Zipho holds a BBusSci (Hons) from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from Stanford University.

Nhlanhla Dlamini

Nhlanhla Dlamini

Managing Director

Prior to establishing Maneli Commodities, Nhlanhla worked for McKinsey & Company for 5 years in South Africa and the USA, and for Morgan Stanley as an investment banker in the UK. Nhlanhla holds a BCom (with Distinction) from Wits University, a PDM (with Distinction) from the Wits Business School, an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Cobus van der Merwe

Cobus van der Merwe


Cobus has a wealth of strategic planning experience, having started his career in commodities in 1991. He has served on several boards including BKB Limited, GrainCo, Gritco, BKB Storage and Handling, and Perdigon. Cobus is currently focused on finding and implementing new strategic business opportunities. He holds a BAgric (Economics, Agricultural Economics) and a HBA from Stellenbosch University.

Our values

Clients come first

We place our clients’ interests above our own. Our sustainability is dependent on their success.

Excellence in everything we do

We build relationships with best-in-class partners who share our commitment to creating value at every opportunity.

Entrepreneurship is vital for growth

Our culture fosters entrepreneurship in our people. We reward initiative-takers who drive growth for our clients and our company.

Diversity is in our DNA

We embrace diversity across our business. From our portfolio of commodities to our partnership and people choices.

Sustainability = success

We respect the natural environment and the rights of the communities surrounding our operations. The only impact we make is positive.


Maneli Commodities is South Africa’s first black-owned commodity trading company and has Level-2 B-BBEE certification.