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Cas Coovadia

Treasurer
South Africa Mr Cas Cavoodia

Cas obtained his B.Com from the University College – Durban in 1971.

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 contributed to numerous articles and publications on housing finance, civil society, local government and the role of civic organisations in governance.

Cas became involved in anti-apartheid politics in the early 1980’s. He was very active in the civic movement, starting in Laudium, Pretoria in 1980. He was the leading force in the establishment of the White Blocks Residents Association in Laudium during 1980. This was the first organized civic body in the country and mobilized low-income people around their day-to-day issues. Cas subsequently was 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 1990’s. 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 Council. Cas was General Secretary of the Civic Association of Johannesburg and led the negotiations. Cas 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 leading its Johannesburg Area Committee. He also played a critical role in the defiance campaign during the mid 1980’s.

Cas served 4 periods of detention at Modderbee Prison in Benoni, Pretoria Central Prison, John Vorster Square and Diepkloof Prison. His longest period of detention was 7 months.

Cas is currently the Managing Director at the Banking Association South Africa – Cas is responsible, at a strategic and policy level, for all operations of The Banking Association SA, which include Low Income Housing, Micro Finance, SMME Finance, Organised Business, as well as lobbying and Government interaction. The Banking Association SA also manages the SADC Banking Association, made up of the national associations of banks from all SADC countries, and Cas is on the Board of this body. He is responsible for the activities of four Senior General Managers in the areas of market conduct, prudential regulation, and financial inclusion and shared services. Cas has played a central role in the negotiations leading to the signing of the Financial Services Charter and is playing a critical role in the implementation of agreements reached in the Charter, as well as aligning the Charter, which is gazette as the Financial Sector Code, to the generic dti Codes.

Cas is immediate past-chairman of The Johannesburg Civic Theatre and Vice-Chairperson of the Trust for Urban Housing Finance.

He is also Chairman of the National Business Initiative. He is the Treasurer of the African Union for Housing Finance and First Deputy-Chairman of the International Union for Housing Finance. Cas serves on the Board of the Centre for Development and Enterprise. He is also on the Board of Business Unity SA and on the Council of the University of Witwatersrand. Cas also serves as a Board member of the International Banking Federation. He is also Chairman of FinmarkTrust and of Operation Hope SA

Cas was instrumental in the conceptualisation and establishment of Community Bank in South Africa and is passionate about the area of access to financial services to the broad spectrum of people in South Africa. He has considerable experience in housing finance, SMME support, local government restructuring, dynamics of organised business and the financial environment in the SADC region.

Cas is married to Sabera Bobat and has a twenty-year-old daughter by the name of Nabeelah. He has a son, Bilal, from a previous marriage.