Portia Derby (born in 1972) served as director-general of the department of public enterprises. She co-founded and is the C.E.O of Ubu Investments Holdings Pty Limited.

The Transnet board endorsed her as a ‘preferred candidate for the position of Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O), which was vacant.

Reports by Sunday Times covered that, Portia revealed that she decided to go for an interview because she is prepared for deployment.

She served in the government of South Africa, occupying several senior positions, during the period of ‘major economic reforms’.

Portia is a board member of Ubank and the Africa Advisory board of Alexander Proudfoot.


Portia Derby biography
Ms. Portia Derby has been appointed as group chief executive of Transnet SOC. Image: Instagram.
NamePortia Derby
Age49 years old
Year of birth1972
NationalitySouth African
EducationBSc, Honors in Economics
Alma materUniversity of Natal, Pietermaritzburg
Wits University
SpouseBrian Molefe


Portia Derby profile
Ms. Derby talks about rooting out corruption, making Transnet profitable again. Image: YouTube.

She obtained a BSc, Honors in Economics from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Portia also holds an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits University).


Her date of birth is 1972. Portia Derby is 49 years old.


Portia Derby got married to Brian Molefe, former Eskom CEO and former Transnet CEO. The couple has their divorce which was finalized a decade ago.


She is the founder of Ubu Investment Holdings Pty Ltd. She is the current Group Chief Executive Officer of Transnet SOC Ltd. 

Ms. Portia is also a board member of Ubank Ltd. Initially, she occupied the position of C.E.O of Ubu Investment Holdings Pty Ltd.

She also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Trade and Investment South Africa.

She also the Chief Operating Officer for the South Africa Ministry of Trade & Industry.

Portia occupied the position of General Director at South Africa Ministry of Public Enterprises.

She served as director-general of the department of public enterprises.

She took over the position of new CEO of Transnet, after a recruitment process run by Transnet’s board.

Ms. Portia formerly occupied the position of director-general of the department of public enterprises.


3 thoughts on “Portia Derby biography, age, profile, husband & education

  1. Such position requires vast experience . Transnet internationally is considered poor run and Ports of S Africa are the worse in the world. S Africa requires a Management which has in depth know how to take care of such an important part of S Africa and this was not the case.

  2. She useless and incorpitat person this are the people who must go to prison for destroying our country

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