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

  • Dr. Joseph Matjila (Chairperson of the Board)
  • Dr. Steven Cornelius
  • 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)

Chief Executive Officer


CEO: Dr. Moshibudi Rampedi 

Director: CEO Office & Board Secretary:

  • Ms. Lebogang Ralepeli

SANBI Board Profiles

Dr. Joseph Matjila: Board Chairperson Matjila
Dr. Steven Cornelius Cornelius
Ms. Duduzile Ngidi Ngidi
Ms. Nokulunga Mnqeta Mnqeta
Mr. Sathie Gouden Gounden
 Ms. Thandiwe Godongwana Mrs T Godongwana
 Prof. Brian van Wilgen Wilgen
 Ms. Skumsa Mancotywa (DEA representative) Mrs S Mancotywa
 Dr. Yonah Seleti (DST representative) Seleti

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
  • Ms. Thandiwe Godongwana
  • Dr. Moshibudi Rampedi (Ex-Officio)
  • Mr. Tichaona Zororo (Independent member)
  • Mr. Joseph Makoro (Independent member)

Governance and Strategy Committee (GAS)

  • Mr. Sathie Gounden
  • Ms. Duduzile Ngidi
  • Dr. Joseph Matjila
  • Dr. Moshibudi Rampedi (Ex-Officio)

Human Resources and Remuneration Committee (HR & REMCO)

  • Dr. Joseph Matjila
  • Dr. Yonah Seleti
  • Ms. Duduzile Ngidi
  • Dr. Moshibudi Rampedi (Ex Officio)

Research, Development & Innovation Committee (RD&I)

  • Ms. Nokulunga Mnqeta
  • Prof. Brian van Wilgen
  • Ms. Skumsa Mancotywa
  • Dr. Moshibudi Rampedi (Ex Officio)
  • Prof. Chris Chimimba (Independent member)
  • Dr. Luthando Dziba (Independent member)

Members of the Executive Management Committee (EXCO)

  • Dr. Moshibudi Rampedi: CEO (Chairperson)
  • Ms. Carmel Mbizvo: Head – Biodiversity Science and Policy Advice
  • Ms. Lorato Sithole: Chief Financial Officer
  • Mr. Moeketsi Khoahli: Chief Corporate Officer
  • Prof. Ramagwai Sebola: 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
  • Dr. Mandy Barnett: Lead – Climate Fund
  • Mr. Thompson Mutshinyalo: Chairperson – Management Committee (MANCO)
  • Ms. Lebogang Ralepeli: Director – CEO Office and Board Secretary

Members of the Management Committee (MANCO)

  • Mr. Thompson Mutshinyalo: Director – Conservation Gardens and Tourism (Chairperson)
  • Mr. Mahlodi Tau: Director – Ecological Infrastructure
  • Prof. Michelle Hamer: Director – Biosystematics and Collections Initiatives
  • Ms. Vivian Malema: Director – Biodiversity Education and Empowerment
  • Mr. Elias Moeng: Director – Human Resources
  • 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. Jeffrey Manuel: Director – Biodiversity Information and Planning
  • Dr. Sebataolo Rahlao: Director – Invasive Monitoring and Reporting
  • Mr. Alan Smith: Director – Finance
  • Ms. Deshni Pillay: Director – Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring
  • Mr. Erich van Wyk: Curator – National Herbarium
  • Dr. Anthony Magee: Curator – Compton Herbarium
  • Dr. Yashica Singh: Curator – KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium

Please see our contacts page for further information and PAIA and Fraud reporting links.

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