Strategic Share Awards Unveiled: Wilson Bayly Holmes – Ovcon Aligns Executive Success with Performance for Long-Term Growth

  • Executive Directors WP Neff and AC Logan awarded 49,000 and 30,000 conditional shares, recognizing their strategic roles.
  • Prescribed Officers and Company Secretary also granted shares, indicating a broad inclusion in the incentive program.
By Lethabo Ntsoane

Wilson Bayly Holmes – Ovcon Limited (WBO) has announced the grant and acceptance of rights to participate in the 2013 WBHO Share Plan to several key executives and the Company Secretary. The share incentive plan, approved by shareholders in November 2014, involves off-market and nil-cost grants of conditional awards subject to performance conditions and vesting after a three-year period.

Executive Directors Secure Strategic Share Awards

In a move to align the interests of executives with the long-term success of the company, Wilson Bayly Holmes – Ovcon Limited has awarded conditional shares to its Executive Directors:

Executive DirectorConditional Awards
WP Neff49,000
AC Logan30,000

These awards are not only a recognition of their roles in steering the company but are also designed to incentivize and reward sustained performance over the next three years.

Prescribed Officers and Company Secretary Join the Share Incentive Program

Prescribed Officers, key figures in the day-to-day management of the company, have also been granted conditional awards:

Prescribed OfficerConditional Awards
AF De Necker43,000
CA Jessop43,000
PJ Foley36,000
SN Gumede22,500

Additionally, the Company Secretary, D Msiska, has been awarded 12,000 conditional shares, reinforcing the inclusion of various leadership roles in the share incentive program.

Aligning Performance with Rewards

The share awards are subject to performance conditions, underscoring the company’s commitment to tying rewards to sustained growth and success. This approach is a strategic move to ensure that executives and officers are motivated to contribute to the company’s overall performance and shareholder value.

The Remuneration Committee, responsible for overseeing executive compensation and incentives, has given approval for these individual allocations, highlighting a thorough evaluation of each executive’s contribution and the company’s overall strategic goals.

Vesting After Three Years

To further cement the link between performance and reward, the conditional awards are set to vest after a three-year period. This extended timeframe ensures that the executives and officers remain focused on the company’s long-term objectives, fostering a culture of sustained excellence.

Company Secretary’s Role in Share Incentive Plan

While Executive Directors and Prescribed Officers often take the spotlight, the inclusion of the Company Secretary in the share incentive plan is notable. D Msiska’s 12,000 conditional awards signify the company’s recognition of the critical role played by the Company Secretary in ensuring corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

Effective Date and Clearance

The transactions, effective from 24 November 2023, have obtained clearance for all aspects. This clearance, a crucial step in maintaining transparency and compliance, assures stakeholders that the share awards are granted in accordance with all applicable regulations.


Wilson Bayly Holmes – Ovcon Limited’s decision to grant conditional awards to key executives and officers reflects a commitment to aligning the interests of leadership with the company’s long-term growth objectives. By tying these awards to performance conditions and instituting a three-year vesting period, the company aims to cultivate a culture of sustained excellence and shareholder value creation.

As South African businesses navigate a dynamic economic landscape, such strategic initiatives become integral to attracting and retaining top-tier talent. The transparency of the process, coupled with the clearance obtained for all transactions, instills confidence in stakeholders that the company is operating with integrity and in adherence to regulatory standards.

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Lethabo Ntsoane

Lethabo Ntsoane holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa. He is a Financial Product commentator at Rateweb. He is an expect financial product analyst with years of experience in reviewing products and offering commentary. Lethabo majors in financial news, reviews and financial tips. He can be contacted: Email: Twitter: @NtsoaneLethabo