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

Mrs. Beryl Delores Ferguson (Chairperson of the Board)  
Prof. Brian van Wilgen  
 Mrs. Thandiwe Godongwana  
 Dr. Lesley Thulani Luthuli  
 Dr. Crispian Garth Olver  
 Ms. Ntsoaki Mngomezulu  
 Ms. Venete Jarlene Klein  
 Ms. Judy Hermans  
 Ms. Limpho Makotoko (DEA representative)  
 Dr. Yonah Seleti (DST representative)  
 Ms. Carmel Mbizvo (Acting Chief Executive Officer)

Director: CEO Office & Board 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 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)

Ms. Venete Klein (Chairperson)
Ms. Thandiwe Godongwana
Dr. Crispian Olver
Dr. Lesley Luthuli
Ms. Limpho Makotoko
Ms. Carmel Mbizvo (Ex-Officio)

Human Resources and Remuneration Committee (HR & REMCO)

Dr. Yonah Seleti (Chairperson)
Ms. Venete Klein
Ms. Ntsoaki Mngomezulu
Ms. Judy Hermans
Ms. Thandiwe Godongwana
Ms. Limpho Makotoko
Ms. Carmel Mbizvo (Ex-Officio)

Research, Development & Innovation Committee (RD&I)

Dr. Crispian Olver (Chairperson)
Dr. Yonah Seleti
Prof. Brian van Wilgen
Ms. Ntsoaki Mngomezulu
Ms. Judy Hermans
Dr. Lesley Luthuli
Ms. Carmel Mbizvo (Ex-Officio)

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 – Biosystematics and Collections
Prof. John Donaldson: Chief Director – Biodiversity Research, Assessment and Monitoring
Mr. Christopher Willis: Chief Director – Conservation Gardens and Tourism
Mr. Maano Netshiombo: Chief Director – Human Resources
Ms. Deshni Pillay: Chief Director – Biodiversity Information and Policy Advice
Director – Marketing and Communications
Dr. Mandy Barnett: Lead – Climate Fund
Mr. Faizel Richards: Chairperson – Management Committee (MANCO)
Ms. Lebogang Ralepeli: Director – CEO Office and Board Secretary

Members of the Management Committee (MANCO)

Mr. Faizel Richards: Director – Information Technology (Chairperson)
Mr. Thompson Mutshinyalo: Director – Conservation Gardens and Tourism
Mr. Mahlodi Tau: Director – Ecological Infrastructure
Prof. Michelle Hamer: Director – Biosystematics and Collections Initiatives
Ms. Vivian Malema: Director – Biodiversity Education and Empowerment
Mr. Vusumuzi Mncwango: Director – Human Resources
Director – Marketing and Communications
Mr. Werner Voigt: 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
Mr. Erich van Wyk: Curator – National Herbarium
Dr. Anthony Magee: Curator – Compton Herbarium
Dr. Yashica Singh: Curator – KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium
Portia Goitseone Mpolaise – Director: Governance, Risk, Compliance and Ethics.

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