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Board of Directors

Kuben Pillay: Director since 2020

Mr. Pillay serves on South African public and private corporate boards including as Chairman of Sabvest Limited (JSE: SBV), lead independent director of OUTsurance and as a non-executive director of Transaction Capital Limited (JSE: TCP). He was the non-executive chairman of the Primedia Group from 2014 to 2016, and also served as its group CEO from 2009 to 2014. Mr. Pillay was a managing financial partner at public interest law firm, Cheadle Thompson and Haysom, before joining Mineworkers Investment Company ("MIC") in 1996 as a founding executive director, and later serving as the non-executive chairman. Mr. Pillay most recently served as the independent non-executive chairman of Cell C Limited from August 2017 to October 2019. Mr. Pillay has a BA LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a Masters in Comparative Jurisprudence from Howard University, Washington DC.

The Board believes that Mr. Pillay's expertise in legal and corporate governance, and media and consumer affairs and broad experience as a director of several publicly-traded companies covering a broad range of industries make him a valuable member of our Board.

Chris G.B. Meyer: Director since 2021

Mr. Chris G.B. Meyer has been our Group Chief Executive Officer since July 1, 2021. Prior to joining us, he was the Head of Corporate & Investment Banking and Joint Managing Director at Investec Bank Plc, a LSE-listed specialist bank and wealth manager, having served in many different roles within the Investec Group since 2001. He was also an executive director for various international and regional subsidiaries of Investec Bank Plc. He is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, holds an MSc Finance from the London Business School and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town.

The Board believes that Mr. Chris G.B. Meyer's experience with corporate transactions and strong leadership skills make him a valuable member of our Board.

Alexander M. R. Smith: Director since 2018

Mr. Smith has been our Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary since March 2018 and previously served as our interim Chief Executive Officer from October 2020 until July 2021. From August 2008 until February 2018, Mr. Smith served as Director and Chief Financial Officer of Allied Electronics Corporation Limited ("Altron"), a JSE-listed company. Prior to joining Altron, Mr. Smith worked in various positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Edinburgh, Scotland and Johannesburg from 1991 to 2005. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree from the University of Edinburgh and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

The Board believes that Mr. Smith's financial and accounting expertise and experience with corporate transactions and capital markets make him well-suited to serve as a director.

Lincoln Mali: Director since 2021

Mr. Mali has been our Chief Executive Officer: Southern Africa since May 1, 2021. Mr. Mali is a financial services executive with over 25 years in the industry. Until April 2021, he was the Head of Group Card and Payments at Standard Bank Group, having served in many different roles within that organization since 2001. Mr. Mali chaired the board of directors of Diners Club South Africa until April 2021, and was a member of the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Business Council for Visa. Mr. Mali holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees from Rhodes University, an MBA from Henley Management College, various diplomas and attended an Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

The Board believes that Mr. Mali's strong relationships and network with key industry players in South Africa and his motivational leadership style make him well-suited to serve as a director.

Antony C Ball: Director since 2020

Mr. Ball is co-founder and chairman of Value Capital Partners (Pty) Ltd ("VCP"), a South Africa-based investment firm. Prior to VCP, Mr. Ball co-founded Brait in 1990, a leading South African private equity firm, regarded as a pioneer of private equity in the region, and held various leadership positions, including Deputy Chairman and CEO, between 1998 and 2011 when he left the company. Mr. Ball led Brait's investment in Net1 in 2004, and served as a non-executive director of the Company until 2012. Mr. Ball has a B Comm (Hons) from UCT, is a CA(SA), and completed an M Phil in Management Studies from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

The Board believes that Mr. Ball's expertise in private equity, public markets, finance, accounting and corporate governance and broad experience as an officer and director of several publicly-traded companies covering a broad range of industries make him a valuable member of our Board.

Nonkululeko N. Gobodo: Director since 2021

Ms. Gobodo is the first black female-chartered accountant in South Africa and brings a wealth of accounting and auditing experience from over 35 years of executive experience. She also has extensive experience as a non-executive director, having served on many boards including JSE listed Clicks Group Limited, PPC Limited and Shoprite Holdings Limited, as well as, Mercedes Benz, Imperial, the SA Maritime Authority, and the South Africa Revenue Service audit committee. She is a pioneer in her field, having established her own successful accounting and audit firm during the apartheid era. The firm grew to become SizweNtsalubaGobodo ("SNG"), the largest black accounting firm in South Africa and fifthlargest. In 2018, SNG acquired the Grant Thornton South Africa license. In 2016, Ms. Gobodo founded Nonkululeko Leadership Consulting, a boutique, black-owned and managed leadership consulting firm based in Sandton and served as its CEO for five years. In May 2021, she started Awakened Global, a movement that calls for Africans and women to awaken to their authentic power.

The Board believes that Ms. Gobodo's experience in finance and audit and knowledge of the South African marketplace provide necessary and desired skills, experience and South African-centric perspective to our Board.

Ian Greenstreet: Director since 2020

Mr. Greenstreet is chairman and founder of Infinity Capital Partners Ltd and currently sits on the advisory committee of the London Stock Exchange as well as the board of the United Bank of Africa in London. Mr. Greenstreet represented the IFC on the board of Assupol Holdings and Assupol Life Insurance in South Africa, served on the board of Diamond Bank in Nigeria, was a representative of the FMO (the Dutch state Development Bank) and served on the board of Bank of Africa. Mr. Greenstreet was regional head of risk for ABN AMRO Bank and a board member and head of Henderson Fund Management in Luxembourg. Mr. Greenstreet has attended a program at Harvard Business School on driving Digital and Social Strategy and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA) having trained with Deloitte in London. He has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential black people in the UK for the last four consecutive years as well as in the UK's top 50 of Black Asian Minorities ("BAME") in 2016.

The Board believes that Mr. Greenstreet's substantial financial institutions experience; his risk, financial and accounting expertise; and his skills in dealing with corporate governance issues make him a valuable member of our Board.

Javed Hamid: Director since 2020

Mr. Hamid is currently a senior advisor to the International Executive Service Corps and held various positions with the International Finance Corporation ("IFC"), a member of the World Bank Group, and a major shareholder in Net1, from 1979 to 2006. He was on the Management Committee of IFC and served as the Regional Director for East Asia and Pacific Region. He was on the board of listed banks in Pakistan and Serbia. He currently chairs the board of Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (USA) and is on the board of Salem University (USA) and Asia Research Capital Management (Hong Kong). He has extensive international banking, investment and project finance experience and a strong background in investing in emerging markets, structuring investments, managing international investment portfolios, and providing technical assistance to companies in developing countries. He has a keen interest in sustainable development and corporate governance issues. Mr. Hamid holds a Master of Business Administration, from Harvard Business School, a Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, from the University of Punjab.

The Board believes that Mr. Hamid's substantial international experience; risk and financial expertise; his experience managing international investments, and his skills in dealing with corporate governance issues make him a valuable member of our Board.

Ali Mazanderani: Director since 2020

Mr. Mazanderani is a fintech investor and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and chairman of SaltPay. He is also a non-executive director on the board of several companies including StoneCo (Nasdaq: STNE) in Brazil. He was formerly a Partner at Actis, an emerging market private equity firm, where he led multiple landmark fintech investments globally. Prior to his career at Actis, Mr. Mazanderani was the lead strategy consultant for First National Bank based in Johannesburg and prior to that, he advised private equity and corporate clients for OC&C Strategy Consultants in London.He holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Pretoria, a Masters in Economics from Oxford University, a Masters in Economic History from the London School of Economics, a Masters in Business Law from the University of St. Gallen and an MBA from INSEAD.

The Board believes that Mr. Mazanderani's international experience in strategy, payments, technology, and private equity provide necessary and desired skills, experience and perspective to our Board.

Monde Nkosi: Director since 2020

Mr. Nkosi is an investor with experience in private and public equities in South Africa and the U.S. He is an executive director of VCP and a non-executive director of several listed businesses, including ADvTECH Limited and Grand Parade Investments Limited. He was previously on the investment team of FFL Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm managing more than $2 billion. Prior to that, Mr. Nkosi was a management consultant at Bain & Company, focused on financial services and telecommunications clients across Sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Nkosi holds a Bachelor of Business Science from the University of Cape Town, a Master of Arts in Education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The Board believes that Mr. Nkosi's expertise in corporate strategy, corporate finance and capital allocation make him a valuable member of our Board.

Ekta Singh-Bushell: Director since 2018

Ms. Singh-Bushell serves as a member of the board and chair of the technology committee for Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ: HURN), a global consulting company offering services to healthcare, higher education, and life sciences and commercial industries; DBI, Inc. (NYSE: DBI), a leading footwear and accessories manufacturer and retailer, where she is a member of the audit and nominating and corporate governance committees; TTEC, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEC), a leading global customer experience technology and services company, focusing on the design, implementation, and delivery of transformative customer experience for various brands, where she is a member of the audit, nominating and corporate governance committees; and Datatec Limited (JSE: DTC), an international ICT solutions and services group, where she serves as Lead Independent Director and is a member of the audit, risk and compliance and nomination committees. From 2016 to 2017, Ms. Singh-Bushell served as deputy to the first vice president, chief operating officer executive office, at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She also serves as a strategic board advisor to DecisionGPS LLC, a business analytics start-up. Prior to 2016, Ms. Singh-Bushell worked at Ernst & Young, serving in various leadership roles including global IT Effectiveness leader, US innovation & digital strategy leader; and chief Information security officer. Ms. Singh-Bushell is a memeber of the board of Women's Health Access Matters, a non-profit that supports increased awareness in women's health research, and between 2004 and 2014 she served in various leadership roles for the Asian American Federation. Ms. Singh-Bushell is a Certified Public Accountant and holds advanced international certifications in governance, information systems security, audit, and control.

Ms. Singh-Bushell's experience in finance, audit, technology, and cybersecurity, as well as her international experience bring relevant and necessary skills, experience, and perspective to our Board.

In considering Ms. Singh-Bushell's nomination to the Board for 2021, the Nominating & Governance Committee of the Board considered all of Ms. Singh-Bushell's Board commitments and determined that they, in the aggregate, do not interfere with her commitments to Net1. Moreover, the Committee determined that the knowledge and experience that Ms. Singh-Bushell attains from these additional commitments provide an important dimension to the Net1 Board, especially in the financial services and technology areas which are all directly relevant to our business

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