Santie serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Liberty Holdings Ltd and Telkom Ltd. She is also the chairperson of Famous Brands Ltd. Santie has a wide knowledge of and experience in different sectors, ranging from banking (Executive Director: ABSA Bank, 1996 to 2003) to telecommunications (Executive Director: MTN, 2003 to 2010). She was the Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela University from 2011 to 2017. In 2010, Santie received the South African Business Woman of the Year award.
Andries, Curro’s CEO since 1 July 2017, is a chartered accountant. He started his career as audit manager at KPMG Inc. He subsequently worked at Sasko (a division of Pioneer Food Group Ltd), Distell Ltd and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2000, he joined Media24 Ltd’s ICG (brand names include INTEC, Damelin) as financial director, after which he was promoted to financial director of Educor (Pty) Ltd (Educor). In 2006, Educor bought a 26% stake in Curro, where Andries, together with Curro founder Dr Chris van der Merwe, compiled the expanded business plan upon which Curro’s current growth strategy is based. In 2007, when Naspers Ltd disposed of Educor, including their interest in Curro, Andries acquired a stake in Curro and joined the company as financial director. In 2011, when Bernardt van der Linde was appointed as the CFO of Curro, Andries’s role changed to that of COO, and then to that of CEO when he succeeded Chris.
KK serves as non-executive director of various listed and unlisted companies, including the PSG Group Ltd, and is also the chairperson of Pioneer Food Group Ltd. He has broad knowledge and experience of business in different industries and has been active as an entrepreneur since 1995.
Hennie, Curro’s CIO, is a chartered accountant and lectured in Auditing at the University of the Western Cape prior to joining Hospiplan Ltd, a group that developed private hospitals across South Africa, as group financial director in 1996. In 1998 he joined Media24 Ltd’s ICG as managing director and was the group managing director of Educor from 2004 to 2007. After working in the venture capital industry as an investment manager for Mark Shuttleworth’s venture capital firm HBD (Pty) Ltd, Hennie joined Curro in 2010 as manager of new business.
Piet is the CEO of PSG Group Ltd and serves as a non-executive director on the boards of various of its investee companies, including Capitec Bank Ltd, Pioneer Food Group Ltd, PSG Konsult Ltd and Zeder Investments Ltd. He has served within the investment and financial services industries since 1999.
Sibongile has international business experience in the non-government, development and public sectors, as well as in academia. Currently she is the Vice Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela University. Sibongile serves as a non-executive director of the University Sports Company (Pty) Ltd and is a commissioner for the Financial and Fiscal Commission. Between 2004 and 2010 Sibongile served as the director general of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government.
Barend, a chartered accountant, has wide international business experience in mining, finance, auditing, the oil industry, energy, government relations, business turnarounds, corporate recovery, consulting and corporate governance. Barend is the executive chairperson of De Beers Consolidated Mines, and is also a non-executive director of various listed and unlisted companies, including Anglo American South Africa Ltd, De Beers PLC and Ponahalo Group. He is the chairperson of Sizwe Business Recoveries (Pty) Ltd (founded by him in 1997).
Douglas is a non-executive director of EnviroServe, a waste-management company, as well as of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), and chairperson and director of Satori Tech Hub. Previously, Douglas served as group executive of corporate affairs at Altron, was CEO of Bytes Healthcare Solutions and, prior to that, managing director of Bytes Specialised Solutions. Douglas has more than 25 years of business experience through various director and board memberships. He worked at senior executive level for a number of large organisations, including Transnet, ABSA and Anglo American. He served on the board of Eskom Enterprises for five years and was director and chairperson of Rotek Industries.
Bernardt, a chartered accountant, was an audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc, after which he joined Finweek. He joined PSG Group Ltd in 2007, where he was, inter alia, part of the executive team at Paladin (now PSG Private Equity). He joined Curro in 2009 and was appointed as CFO in 2011.
Chris, who has a doctorate in education, has extensive knowledge of and is highly experienced in the independent school sector. He founded Curro in 1998 with 28 learners based in a church and steered the company to listing on the JSE in 2011. He was named Business Leader by the Bellville Chamber of Commerce (2011) for his efforts in establishing Curro, and was one of the four finalists in the exceptional category of the EY World Entrepreneur Competition in 2013. In October 2017 Chris was named Business Leader of the Year by the Durbanville Chamber of Commerce. On 3 October 2017, Stadio Holdings, the tertiary component of the Curro business, unbundled from Curro and was listed on the JSE with Chris as CEO. Stadio focuses on widening access to tertiary education and has approximately 30 000 tertiary-education students in its group of brands.