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.

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Board Members

Mrs. Beryl Ferguson (Chairperson of the Board)
Prof. Brian van Wilgen  
 Mrs. Thandiwe Godongwana  
 Dr. Lesley Thulani Luthuli  
 Ms. Ntsoaki Mngomezulu  
Dr. Tsakani Ngomane (DEFF representative)
 Dr. Yonah Seleti (DST representative)  
Ms. Phuthanang Cenea Motsielwa
Dr. Kowiyou Yessoufou
Ms. Pam Yako
 Ms. Carmel Mbizvo (Acting Chief Executive Officer)

Company Secretary:

  • Ms. Lebogang Ralepeli

The SANBI Board is a statutory body appointed by the Minister of Environmental Affairs as prescribed in NEMBA and reports to the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. This is the fifth Board appointed on 01 October 2018 for a three-year term ending on 30 September 2021, 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 Report, which have been incorporated into its Board Manual/Terms of Reference.

Board Sub-Committees:

Audit and Risk Committee (ARC)

Dr. Lesley Luthuli (Chairperson)
Ms. Thandiwe Godongwana
Ms. Phuthanang Motsielwa
Ms. Carmel Mbizvo (Ex-Officio)

  • Expert Members

Mr Tichaona Zororo
Mr Sathie Gounden

Human Resources and Remuneration Committee (HR & REMCO)

Ms. Ntsoaki Mngomezulu (Chairperson)
Dr. Yonah Seleti
Ms Pam Yako
Ms. Thandiwe Godongwana
Ms. Carmel Mbizvo (Ex-Officio)

Research, Development & Innovation Committee (RD&I)

Prof. Brian van Wilgen (Chairperson)
Dr. Yonah Seleti
Ms. Ntsoaki Mngomezulu
Dr. Lesley Luthuli
Dr. Kowiyou Yessoufou
Dr. Tsakani Ngomane
Ms. Carmel Mbizvo (Ex-Officio)

  • Expert Members

Dr. Luthando Dziba
Prof. Muthama Muasya

Members of the Executive Management Committee (EXCO)

Ms. Carmel Mbizvo: Acting CEO (Chairperson)
Ms. Carmel Mbizvo: Head – Biodiversity Science and Policy Advice
Ms. Lorato Sithole: Chief Financial Officer
Prof. Ramagwai Sebola: Chief Director – Foundational Biodiversity Science
Prof. John Donaldson: Chief Director – Biodiversity Assessment and Knowledge Generation
Mr. Christopher Willis: Chief Director – National Botanical Gardens
Mr. Elliot Mashile: Chief Operations Officer
Mr. Maano Netshiombo: Chief Director – Human Resources
Ms. Deshni Pillay: Chief Director – Policy Advice and Information Management
Dr. Mandy Barnett: Chief Director – Adaptation Policy and Resourcing
Mr. Leslie Mudimeli: Executive Director – National Zoological Garden
Mr Craig Allenby: Director – Marketing and Commercialisation
Ms. Tracy Rehse: Chairperson – Management Committee (MANCO)
Ms. Lebogang Ralepeli: Company Secretary

Members of the Management Committee (MANCO)

Ms. Tracy Rehse: Director – Conservation and Animal Collections (Chairperson)
Mr. Faizel Richards: Director – Information Technology
Mr. Thompson Mutshinyalo: Director – National Botanical Gardens
Mr. Mahlodi Tau: Director – Biodiversity Mainstreaming
Prof. Michelle Hamer: Director – Foundations: Zoological
Ms. Vivian Malema: Director – Biodiversity Education and Public Engagement
Mr. Vusumuzi Mncwango: Director – Human Resources: Strategy and Organisational Development
Mr Craig Allenby: Director – Marketing and Commercialisation
Mr. Werner Voigt: Curator – Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Ms. Lebogang Ralepeli: Director – Company Secretary
Mr. Kgabo Moloto: Director – Supply Chain and Assets Management
Mr. Jeffrey Manuel: Director – Biodiversity Information Management and Planning
Dr. Sebataolo Rahlao: Director – Biodiversity Assessment
Mr. Alan Smith: Director – Financial Management and Reporting
Mr. Erich van Wyk: Curator – National Herbarium
Dr. Anthony Magee: Curator – Compton Herbarium
Dr. Yashica Singh: Curator – KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium
Ms. Portia Mpolaise – Director: Governance, Compliance, Risk and Legal Services
Ms. Azisa Parker: Programme Developer
Mr. Elton le Roux: Kirstenbosch Estate Manager
Mr. Michael Jennings: Strategic Grant Manager
Mr. Joshua Motsupi: Director – Human Resources Operations, Employee Wellness and Relations
Mr. Andrew Skowno: Director – Evidence: Natural Resource Management
Prof. Antoinette Kotze: Director – Biodiversity Research Services
Director – Foundations: Plants
Director – Engineering and Environmental Services
Director – Facilities Management and Infrastructure.

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