Board of Directors

SL (Santie) Botha
Independent non-executive Chairperson

Santie is currently the Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and serves on the boards of Imperial Holdings, Tiger Brands, Telkom and Famous Brands. Previously she was an executive director at Absa Bank (1996 to 2003) and the executive director of marketing at MTN from 2003 until the end of 2010. In 2010, Santie received the South African Business Woman of the Year Award.


BPrim (Ed), BEd, MEd (cum laude), PhD in Education
Chief Executive Officer

Chris matriculated at the JG Meiring High School in 1979. He studied education at Stellenbosch University and completed the degree BPrim (Ed) at the end of 1983. He accepted his first teaching post at Gene Louw Primary School at the beginning of 1986 and obtained the degree BEd (UNISA) in 1988, before becoming a head of department in 1992. In this year he also obtained the degree MEd (cum laude). In 1993 he started a close corporation, SkoolCor, while teaching at Gene Louw Primary School. This company produced electronic learning modules as substitute for textbooks and supplied these to schools nationwide. During 2008, the Shuttleworth Foundation purchased more than 1 000 learning modules, and today they form an integral part of an open-source methodology. Chris became the deputy principal of Fanie Theron Primary School in 1997, and in the same year he obtained a doctorate at Stellenbosch University. In 1998 Chris founded Curro. In 1999 he constructed Curro Durbanville’s campus, and in January 2000 approximately 320 learners started the academic year on this new campus. Since 1999 Chris has been chief executive officer of Curro.


BCom (Hons), CA(SA)
Chief Operating Officer

Andries obtained the BCom Accounting degree at the Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) and in 1991 qualified as a chartered accountant. He completed his articles at KPMG, where his clients as audit manager included Secunda, manager of Sasol Synthetic Fuels. He then worked at Sasko (a division of Pioneer Foods), Distell and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2000 he joined Media 24, ICG (brand names include INTEC, Damelin) as financial director, and was subsequently promoted to financial director of Educor. In 2006 Educor bought a 26% stake in Curro, and Andries and Dr Van der Merwe compiled the expanded business plan upon which Curro’s current growth strategy is based. During 2007, when Naspers disposed of Educor and Curro, Andries acquired a stake in and joined Curro as financial director. He is currently responsible for operations within Curro, including human resources, IT, facilities and curriculum.


BCom (Hons), CA(SA), CFA
Chief Financial Officer

Bernardt is a qualified chartered accountant and a CFA charter holder. He completed his articles at and remained as manager in the financial services (banking) division of PricewaterhouseCoopers until 2005. He subsequently joined Finweek as writer and head of companies and markets. Bernardt joined the PSG Group during 2007 and he has, inter alia, been part of the executive team at Paladin. Bernardt is or has been a non-executive director on the boards of various PSG Group and Paladin investment companies. Bernardt joined the Curro board during 2009 as a non-executive director and became chief financial officer during 2011.


BCom (Hons), CTA, CA(SA)
Chief Investment Officer

Hennie matriculated at Durbanville High School in 1986. After school, Hennie completed a BAccounting degree at Stellenbosch University, followed by a CTA and BCom (Hons) at the Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg). He completed his articles at Deloitte & Touche and obtained his CA(SA) qualification. After completing his articles, Hennie lectured in Auditing at the University of the Western Cape. During 1996, Hennie joined Hospiplan, a group that developed private hospitals across South Africa, as group financial director. He was part of the team that listed the group during 1997. In 1998 the group was sold to the Medi-Clinic Group. Hennie joined Educor, a private education company in the Naspers Group, as managing director of their distance learning division, ICG, during 1998, and in 2004 was appointed Educor’s group managing director, a position he held until Naspers sold the group during 2007. After working in the venture capital industry as an investment manager for Mark Shuttleworth’s venture capital firm HBD, Hennie joined Curro during 2010 as Manager: New Business, and was appointed as chief investment officer on the Curro board at the beginning of 2012.


BCom (Maths)
Non-Executive Director

Piet is the chief executive officer of the PSG Group. He serves as a non-executive director on the boards of various PSG Group companies, including Capitec Bank, Paladin Capital and Thembeka Capital Limited, a black-owned and controlled black economic empowerment investment holding company. He has been active in the investment and financial services industry since 1999. Piet joined the Curro board during 2009.


Independent Non-Executive Director

After completing his tertiary education at Damelin College, where he studied Public Relations, KK worked at Old Mutual Life Insurance Company Limited for a year, where he won an award as salesman of the year. He then opened a self-service café in Gugulethu, followed by his first service station in Gugulethu. In 1994, he developed the R45 million Nyanga Junction Development, and in 1995 he developed a R20 million Ultra City Engen 24 One Stop in King William’s Town. In 1995, he started Master Currency (Pty) Limited ('Master Currency'), where he was executive chairman until he concluded a transaction with Thembeka Capital Limited ('Thembeka') in 2006, staying on at Master Currency as non-executive chairman. In 2006, KK became executive chairperson of Thembeka, swopping his stake in Master Currency for a stake in Thembeka. KK is a member of the Institute of Directors and sits on the boards of various listed and unlisted companies, including the JSE Limited and PSG Group Limited. He is also the current chairperson of Pioneer Food Group Limited.


Independent Non-Executive Director

Barend is a chartered accountant with broad international business experience in mining, finance, auditing, the oil industry, energy, government relations, business turnarounds, corporate recovery, consulting and corporate governance. Barend has had a wide involvement in the De Beers Family of Companies. Barend is executive chairman of De Beers Consolidated Mines and the chairman of the environment, community, health and safety committee of the De Beers Family of Companies. He also owns a stake in Ponahalo, the black-empowerment partner of De Beers Consolidated Mines. He is a director of several companies, including  non‑executive director of Anglo American South Africa Limited and Alexander Forbes Group. Barend is the chairman of Sizwe Business Recoveries, which he founded in 1997. Barend joined the Curro board during 2011.


Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr Muthwa is the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Institutional Support at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. Between 2004 and 2010 she served as the director general of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government. Dr Muthwa holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), as well as a master's degree in Development Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics (LSE). Both these institutions are part of the University of London in the United Kingdom. She has a distinguished career in South Africa and the United Kingdom, and has worked in both development and public-sector institutions, as well as in academia.