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Board of directors

SL (Santie) Botha
BEcon; BEcon (Hons)
Santie is the chairperson of Famous Brands Ltd and Capitec Bank Holdings Ltd. She has a wide range of knowledge and experience in different sectors, ranging from fast-moving consumer goods ('FMCG'), where she started her career in Unilever and worked in various roles in both Durban and London, UK (1987 to 1996), banking (executive director: ABSA Bank, 1996 to 2003) and telecommunications (exec-utive director: MTN, 2003 to 2010). Santie was named Business Woman of the Year 2010. She was the chancellor of Nelson Mandela University from 2011 to 2017.

TP (Themba) Baloyi
MBA, Cost and Management Accounting
(National Diploma)
Themba was appointed as an independent non-executive director to the Curro board from 1 November 2020. Themba studied Cost and Manag ement Accounting and has an Executive MBA from Henley Business School (UK). Themba is an innovative and entrepreneurial business leader who founded Discovery Insure Ltd ('Discovery Insure'), a short-term insurance company launched in 2011. The Discovery Insure work propelled him to win the 2018 CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders 'Entrepreneur of the Year Award'. Currently he serves as chairman on the board of Constantia Insurance Group Limited and is a board member of CalgroM3 Holdings, and the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, amongst others.

JP (Cobus) Loubser
CA(SA)
Cobus was appointed as an executive director and the CFO of Curro on 1 January 2021. He started his career at KPMG, served as the financial manager of Virgin Active SA for 4 years, and held the CFO position for 11 years at Holdsport Ltd until it was acquired by Long4Life in 2017. He left his position as CEO of Long4Life’s Sport and Recreation division at the end of 2020 to join Curro.

ZN (Nan) Mankai
CA(SA); MBA
Nan was appointed as an independent non-executive director to the Curro board from 10 August 2018. She currently chairs the Curro audit and risk committee. Nan is at present a senior investment manager at the Mineworkers Investment Company. Nan’s experience has been in private equity and investment management, having worked for private equity funds and built on balance sheet portfolios for corporates. Her recent experience also includes involvement in project finance and infrastructure investment opportunities and overseeing the internal audit function. Nan has extensive experience in serving on boards and on audit and social and ethics committees.

PJ (Piet) Mouton
BCom (Mathematics)
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 Holdings Ltd, PSG Konsult Ltd and Zeder Investments Ltd. He has served in the investment and financial services industries since 1999.

Prof. SWF (Sibongile) Muthwa
BA (SW) (Fort Hare); BA (SW) Hons (Wits); MSc (SPPDC); PhD (London)
Sibongile has international leadership and manage-ment experience in the non-government, dev elop-ment and public sectors, and also in academia. Currently she is the Vice-Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela University. Between 2004 and 2010 Sibongile served as the director general of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government. She is the current Chair of Universities South Africa (USAf), a membership organisation representing the 26 South African Public Universities. She also chairs the Ministerial Task Team on Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Violence and Harm in SA Universities; and is a member of the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa, and is the Vice-President of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber.

B (Bernardt) van der Linde
CA(SA); CFA
Bernardt was an audit manager at Pricewater house-Coopers 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 Alpha Investments). He joined Curro as CFO in 2011.
Bernardt had resigned as director and CFO of Curro with effect from 31 December 2020 and was appointed as COO of Curro with effect from 1 January 2021.

Dr CR (Chris) van der Merwe
B.Prim (Ed), US; B.Ed, UNISA; M.Ed (cum laude), US; D.Ed, US
Chris has extensive knowledge and experience in the independent school and tertiary sectors. He founded Curro in 1998 and in 2011, under his leadership, the company was listed on the JSE. Chris served as CEO until June 2017 when he stepped down, unbundled the Embury Institute for Higher Education, a teachers’ college, from Curro and then listed STADIO, an independent provider of tertiary education on the JSE in October 2017. He served STADIO as CEO until the company delivered on the promises of its pre-listing statement and stepped down in March 2020. Dr Van der Merwe has subsequently served PSG and STADIO as a consultant, Education. He currently also serves on the boards of Curro and STADIO as a non-executive director.