Board Member Profiles
Mr. Cas Coovadia - Member of the Ombudsman for Banking
Cas is the Managing Director of The Banking Association South Africa.
has played a pivotal role in the negotiations leading to the signing of the Financial Sector Charter, and continues to
have a critical function in the implementation of agreements reached in the Charter. His work in the financial
environment in the SADC region has been significant. From the conceptualisation and establishment of the Community
Bank in South Africa, Cas is passionate about the area of access to financial services to the broad spectrum of people
in South Africa.
Cas's efforts in the financial services industry are supported by a sturdy
foundation of academic qualifications. These include a B.Com from the University College - Durban. He completed the
Housing Finance Course with the Wharton Real Estate Centre at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed the
Effective Directors Programme with the Kagiso School of Leadership. He has also contributed to numerous articles and
publications on housing finance, civil society, local government and the role of civic organisations in governance.
He served articles for training as a chartered accountant and was part of an
accounting practice for a number of years. Cas has significant experience in housing finance, SMME support, local
government restructuring, dynamics of organised business and the financial environment as a whole.
He serves in committees and boards of a variety of associations and
organisations. These include:
Vice-Chairman of the Trust for Urban Housing Finance
Chairman of the National Business Initiative
First Deputy Chairman of the African Union for Housing Finance
Board Member of the Centre for Development and Enterprise
Member of the Management Committee & Chairman of the Finance Committee
of the Business Unity South Africa
Trustee of the FinMark Trust
Board Member of the Financial Markets Advisory Board
Board Member of the Financial Sector Contingency Forum
President of the International Union for Housing Finance
Chairman of the Metier Lereko Advisory Board
Board Member of the International Banking Federation
In the dawn of the 1980s Cas was involved in anti-apartheid politics. Being
active in the civic movement saw him being
detained for four periods at Modderbee Prison in Benoni, Pretoria Central Prison, John Vorster Square and Diepkloof
Prison. His longest period of detention was seven months.
Cas was the leading force in the establishment of the White Blocks Residents'
Association in Laudium during 1980; he was very active in the civic movement. This was the first organised civic body
in the country and mobilised low-income people around their day-to-day issues.
Cas was subsequently
instrumental in the formation of the Civic Association of Johannesburg, which was the trailblazer in negotiations
around the restructuring of local government in the early 1990s. The Civic Association of Johannesburg, which included
the Soweto Civic Association, Alexandra Civic Organisation, Lenasia Civic Association and others, was the central
party from the Mass Democratic Movement in negotiations around the restructuring of the Johannesburg Metropolitan
Cas was General Secretary of the Civic Association of Johannesburg and led the
negotiations. He was also instrumental in the formation of the South African National Civic Organisation and was its
Vice President. Cas played a critical role in the United Democratic Front (UDF) and was a leading member of its
Johannesburg Area Committee. He also played a critical role in the defiance campaign during the mid-1980s.
Cas is the father of two, Bilal and Nabeelah,
and is married to Sabera Bobat.