The Governance Structure of SANBI

Our Governance Structure

SANBI's structure is a reflection of the Institute's responsibilities as outlined in the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act (NEMBA), 2004. The key indicator of this is SANBI's high-level Organogram. The organogram mirrors SANBI's mandated functions through six programmes.

Download the SANBI Organogram

Board Members

  • Ms. Nana Magomola (Chairperson of the Board)
  • Dr. Steven Cornelius
  • Dr. Joseph Matjila
  • Ms. Duduzile Ngidi
  • Ms. Nokulunga Mnqeta
  • Mr. Sathie Gounden
  • Ms. Thandiwe Godongwana
  • Prof. Brian van Wilgen
  • Ms. Skumsa Mancotywa (DEA representative)
  • Dr. Yonah Seleti (DST representative)
  • Dr. Tanya Abrahamse (SANBI CEO)

Director: CEO Office & Board Secretary:

SANBI Board Profiles

Ms. Nana Magomola: Board Chairperson

  Board Chairperson
 

Dr. Steven Cornelius

 Dr. Steven Cornelius
 

Dr. Joseph Matjila

Dr. Joseph Matjila
 
 

Ms. Duduzile Ngidi

 Ms. Duduzile Ngidi
 

Ms. Nokulunga Mnqeta

 Ms. Nokulunga Mnqeta
 

Mr. Sathie Gouden

 Mr. Sathie Gouden
 Ms. Thandiwe Godongwana  
 Prof. Brian van Wilgen  
 Ms. Skumsa Mancotywa  
 Dr. Yonah Seleti   
 

Dr. Tanya Abrahamse (SANBI CEO)

 Dr. Tanya Abrahamse (SANBI CEO)

The SANBI Board is a statutory body appointed by the Minister of Environmental Affairs as prescribed in NEMBA and reports to the Department of Environmental Affairs. This is the fourth Board appointed on 01 April 2015 for a three-year term ending on 31 March 2018, under the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act 109 of 2004 (NEMBA).

Composition of the Board

The Board is subject to the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Treasury Regulations and other relevant laws of the Republic of South Africa. The Board also strives to ensure good corporate governance practice within SANBI and it has adopted relevant sections of the King III Report, which have been incorporated into its Board Manual/ Terms of Reference.

Board Sub-Committees:

Audit and Risk Committee (ARC)

  • Dr. Steven Cornelius
  • Mr. Sathie Gounden
  • Dr. Tanya Abrahamse (Ex-Officio)

Governance and Strategy Committee (GAS)

  • Ms. Nokulunga Mnqeta
  • Ms. Duduzile Ngidi
  • Dr. Tanya Abrahamse (Ex-Officio)

Human Resources and Remuneration Committee (HR & REMCO)

  • Dr. Joseph Matjila
  • Dr. Tanya Abrahamse (Ex Officio)

Research, Development & Innovation Committee (RD&I)

  • Ms. Duduzile Ngidi
  • Dr. Tanya Abrahamse (Ex Officio)

Members of the Executive Management Committee (EXCO)

  • Dr. Tanya Abrahamse: CEO (Chairperson)
  • Ms. Carmel Mbizvo: Head - Biodiversity Science and Policy Advice
  • Ms. Lorato Sithole: Chief Financial Officer
  • Mr. Moeketsi Khoahli: Chief Corporate Officer
  • Prof. Michelle Hamer: Acting Chief Director - Biosystematics and Collections
  • Prof. John Donaldson: Chief Director - Biodiversity Research, Assessment and Monitoring
  • Ms. Kristal Maze: Chief Director - Biodiversity Information and Policy Advice
  • Mr. Christopher Willis: Chief Director - Conservation Gardens and Tourism
  • Mr. Maano Netshiombo: Chief Director - Human Resources
  • Ms. Lihle Dlamini: Director - Marketing and Communications
  • Mr. Alan Smith: Chairperson - Management Committee (MANCO)
  • Ms. Lebogang Ralepeli: Director: CEO Office and Board Secretary

Members of the Management Committee (MANCO)

  • Mr. Alan Smith: Director - Financial Management (Chairperson)
  • Mr. John Dini: Director - Ecological Infrastructure
  • Prof. Michelle Hamer: Director - Biosystematics and Collections Initiatives
  • Ms. Amanda Driver: Director - Biodiversity Policy Advice
  • Ms. Vivian Malema: Director - Biodiversity Education and Empowerment
  • Mr. Elias Moeng: Director - Human Resources
  • Dr. Mandy Barnett: Director - Climate  Change Adaptation
  • Mr. Kamva Qwede - Director - Municipal Support
  • Ms. Lihle Dlamini: Director - Marketing and Communications
  • Mr. Faizel Richards: Director - Information Technology
  • Mr. Philip Le Roux: Curator - Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
  • Ms. Lebogang Ralepeli: Director - CEO Office and Board Secretary
  • Mr. Kgabo Moloto: Director - Supply Chain and Assets Management
  • Mr. Thompson Mutshinyalo: Director - Conservation Gardens and Tourism
  • Mr. Jeffrey Manuel: Director - Biodiversity Information and Planning
  • Dr. Sebataolo Rahlao: Director - Invasive Monitoring and Reporting
  • Ms. Deshni Pillay: Director - Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring

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Last updated on 17 April 2015
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