William Hughes was born in Nakuru, Kenya. He worked at Nampak in Johannesburg for four years in the 1980s, before returning to the family farm in Zimbabwe. In 2003, William and his family moved to South Africa, where he bought the Cape Town T-Shirt Company, an ailing clothing manufacturer with 60 staff that became Impahla Clothing. As managing director, William is responsible for the company’s vision and strategy for sustainable growth and growing Impahla’s marketing channels and brands.
Director of Impahla Branding
Carl Visser was born in Kadoma, Zimbabwe. He qualified and operated as a land survey professional in Harare until July 1984, thereafter moving to South Africa where he continued to work in surveying, including for Rand Water. In March 2005, Carl bought shares in Impahla and established Impahla’s branding department. Carl developed the processes that have made Impahla the first African company to use waterbased CHT inks for heat transfers, eradicating the company’s reliance on PVC-based inks.
Director of Impahla Fabrics
Sean Thompson was born in Cape Town. He matriculated from Fish Hoek High School in 1984. After two years of national service, he joined a textile company in 1987. He worked at this company until 1999, after which he started his own textile company called Tomotex. In August 2012, Tomotex merged with Impahla Clothing and became Impahla’s fabric division. Sean is now responsible for this division, supplying quality fabric and trims into the textile industry, and to the Impahla plant.
Chairman of the board
Ronald Rink was born in Bulawayo. He matriculated at Westerford High School in Cape Town, and graduated from the University of Cape Town. In the 1970s, Ronald was general manager of Jag Sports (now PUMA). He left to start a Hi-Tec Distributorship in Canada, thereafter spending time at Hi-Tec International head office before returning to PUMA’s international division. Ronald opened the PUMA subsidiary in South Africa in 2001, which he ran for 13 years before selling his shares. PUMA retained his services until December 2013. He was appointed chairman of Impahla in January 2014.