Our Team

SCOUTS South Africa is a volunteer run organisation with a limited number of paid staff. Our volunteers coordinate and implement the Scouting programmes nationwide. This is our dynamic and experienced management team!

Chief Scout: Sibusiso Vilane

Chief Scout Sibusiso VilaneMr Sibusiso Vilane is one of a handful of South Africans, and the first black African, to climb each of the Seven Summits, the seven highest peaks on each of the seven continents. He climbed Kilimanjaro seven times (Africa), Mount Everest (Asia, 2003, 2005 and 2014), Mount Aconcagua (South America), Elbrus (Europe), Carstensz Pyramid (Oceania), Vinson (Antarctica) and Denali/McKinley (North America).

On 17 January 2008, Mr Vilane and his Team Extreme partner, Alex Harris, became the first South Africans to walk to the South Pole completely unassisted. April 2012 he completed the ‘three poles challenge’ (North Pole, the South Pole and Everest) when he trekked to the North Pole. He is currently a professional speaker, mountaineer, expedition guide and leader. In December 2013 Sibusiso Vilane was nominated as Chief Scout of SCOUTS South Africa. At his official inauguration on the 15th of March 2014 Chief Scout Sibusiso Vilane motivated all Cubs and Scouts to reach for their dreams and venture out into the world as they are “Limitless!”. 

Chief Commissioner: Dr Brendon Hausberger

Chief Commissioner Dr Brendon HausbergerDr Brendon Hausberger was previously a member of the Executive Committee, of the Revitalisation Steering Committee, of the National Scout Council and was also the Provincial Commissioner for the Gauteng Province.

Professionally he is the CEO of Holland and Hausberger, a South African engineering firm with a particular focus on meeting energy and fuel needs through renewable energy. Contact: cc@scouts.org.za 

Chief Executive Officer:Mrs Milly Siebrits

Milly Siebrits CEO SCOUTS South AfricaMilly Siebrits has been leading the way for SCOUTS South Africa for the past ten years. Initially as the project manager and since 2007 as CEO. She has been instrumental in spearheading the revitalisation of South African Scouting in order to ensure a holistic approach to youth development and to address the current societal and environmental needs. ceo@scouts.org.za  

Governing Board

Acting Board Chairman: Professor Brian Figaji

Professor Brian FigaProf Brian Figajiji played a key role in shaping the South African education system and served as the former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Peninsula Technikon.As a member of the SCOUTS South Africa Executive Committee he has been instrumental in our growth. He joined the Scouting Movement as a young boy and grew through the ranks. In 1977 he played a crucial role in amalgamating the four Scouting Movements into one united organisation free for all and again in 2012 with our revitalisation.  For his service to the Scouting Movement he has received numerous awards such as the Medal of Merit, the Order of the Silver Protea and in 2013 the highest Awards within SCOUTS South Africa, being the Silver Springbok.

His professional activities are widespread and renowned for excellence. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Engineers, as well as a Fellow of the South African Institute of Civil Engineers. In 2005 Prof Figaji was appointed to represent South Africa on the Executive board of UNESCO in Paris. He has also been appointed by the President to serve on the Advisory Board for National Orders. He has won many academic awards and plays a prominent role in the community. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the California State University, Hayward and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education from Coventry University in the United Kingdom for his outstanding contributions to education as a means of social and economic development.

Mr Alec Hogg

Mr Alec HoggAlec Hogg is a former Scout who attended the 1975 World Jamboree in Norway. A writer, broadcaster and media entrepreneur, he introduced business radio to South Africa and founded Internet publisher Moneyweb in 1997, listing the company on the JSE in 1999.

He left Moneyweb in 2012 and founded Biznews.com in August 2013. He anchors the Power Lunch television programme on CNBC Africa weekdays and is a sought-after keynote business speaker on investment and global economic affairs. 

Reverend Dr Vukile Mehana

Reverend Dr Vukile MehanaReverend Dr Vukile Mehana is the Chairman of the Management Consulting Firm LRMG Performance Agency with offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He sits as the Non-Executive Director or Chairman on a number of boards. He is also an ordained Minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.

As a young adult Rev Dr Mehana worked as the Scouting Field Development Officer. His dedication and perseverance were inspirational to young Scouts in the Cape Flats in the 1980’s. In 1998 Reverend Dr Mehana joined the hosting Committee of the World Scout Conference hosted in South Africa. Reverend Dr Mehana was the Chief Scout of the South African Scouting Movement from 2005 – 2013 and also served on WOSM’s Sub-Committee on Governance. He led the Movement’s growth and recent restructuring. He has also been instrumental in putting together the current Governing Board. His business career started in Human Resources and Organizational Transformation areas and progressed to strategic positions including being an Acting CEO, of a major Parastatal, Director on Boards of listed and unlisted Companies and Chairman of a number of Companies. 

Dr. Dudley Forde

Dr Dudley Forde 1 webDr R. Dudley Forde served as a teacher at Maritzburg College, a Headmaster at St Andrew’s Welkom, Bellair Primary School, Kingsway High School, Maritzburg College and Durban High School and was Rector at Michaelhouse until 2001 when he retired. He also served as S.E. [M] in the Natal Education Department, lectured at the University of UKZN and assisted as an External Examiner for Rhodes University. He has had several books published on Leadership and Leadership Development and sat on a number of School Boards and Trusts.

Within the Scouting Movement Dr Forde has a great understanding of the Scout philosophy and values, of the power of Baden Powell’s Patrol System, Learning by doing and the value of the voluntary acceptance of a code of conduct. He joined the Movement in 1958. A year later he became Troop Scouter of the Sea Scout Group at 2nd Durban YMCA. In 1962 he became an Assistant District Commissioner in South Durban, was Area Commissioner for KZN Scouting and also an Assistant Deputy Camp Chief and Deputy Camp Chief on the Southern Zone Training Team. He later led the training team in the then Natal Division, he also held National appointments as National Training Commissioner, SAHQ Adult Leader Training Commissioner (two terms) and also Chief Scout’s Commissioner.  Dr Forde was instrumental in designing and initiating the PLTU course which is still being implemented today in various regions. “In a world aware of the importance of value-laden Leadership in so many aspects of our lives, the development of leaders is surely one of Scouting’s greatest potential contributions to society. Well run, a PLTU course can contribute significantly to that ideal. “

For his service to the Scouting Movement he has been awarded with the Medal of Merit, the Long Service Medal, the Order of the Silver Protea and the highest Awards within SCOUTS South Africa, being the Silver Springbok. In April 2011 Dr Forde was named Counsellor of the Order of the Baobab by President Jacob Zuma for his services to Education and Scouting. 

National Team

National Adult Support Chairperson:
Mr Andrew Tanner

Exco Andrew TannerMr Andrew Tanner is a semi-retired Professional Civil Engineer who was a Director of, and specialist consultant to, a leading South African Consulting Practice. He has specialised in integrated water resource planning for shared river basins and leading multidisciplinary Feasibility Studies for large water infrastructure Projects.

Andrew grew up in Scouting as a Cub, Scout, Rover and Venture Scout leader in England. In South Africa he was Group Chairman, TS, and ADC, before devoting his time to Adult Leader training as a Leader Trainer. “In this new position I aim to lead and coordinate the efforts of the Adult Support Team to grow develop and support the adult resources that SSA needs to expand and achieve its Aim. My three priority objectives for the first year are to establish effective and motivated Alumni, Rover, Adult Leader Training and Adult Resources Support Teams, support and guide the development and roll out the new approaches to Adult Leader Training and improve the support available to Adult Leaders.” Read more here.

National Rover Programme Chairperson:
Mr Cameron Belling

Mr Cameron Belling joined the Scouting Movement in Durban in 1998 as a Cub. Six months later he moved up to Scouts at the 4th Durban St Thomas Scout Group . Cameron grew through the ranks within 4th Durban St Thomas, from Assistant Patrol Leader right up to Assistant Troop Scouter. In 2006 he was invested as a Rover after which he took up the role of Crew Chairperson. He then moved to the SIGMA Rover Crew and in 2010 was appointed Rover Scouter. On a Regional Level, Cameron volunteered in a number of roles ranging from KZN RAC Chairman to RTC Rovers. The KZN training team appointed Cameron as an Assistant Leader Trainer in 2013 and two years later he was appointed Leader Trainer. In 2016 he became the Contingent Leader for the 15th World Scout Moot and was appointed as the National Rover Programme Chairperson.

When not Scouting, Cameron heads up the national marketing department for an industrial manufacturing company. Read more here. 

 

Marketing Chairperson: Mr Gerhard Sagat

gerhard-sagatMr Gerhard Sagat is the Director of Strategy at DDB South Africa and has been in the advertising and marketing industry for many years. He solves business problems most often via creative marketing and communications solutions. He is not a Scout but has been involved in the creation of the new brand SSA has been rolling out. He formerly worked at HAVAS World-Wide who assisted us pro-bono thanks to Gerhard’s support. 

Young Leaders Representative:
Mr Henry Sibande

Exco Henry SibandaMr Henry Sibande is currently studying towards a BA psychology degree at the University of Pretoria. In 2010 he represented SCOUTS South Africa in Germany for a period of 3 months. During the 3 months he volunteered for an organization called Aktion Tagwerk, he aided in raising funds for the support of a number of African projects. Additionally he participated in an international training in the south of Germany. In 2012 he spent another six months in Germany through a scholarship that was offered by DAAD to study at the University of Konstanz. He has held several leadership positions outside of Scouting.

Henry joined the Scouting Movement when he was 8 years old and has grown through the ranks to Troop Scouter of 1st E.J Singwane. He participated in a number of camps, hikes and other troop, district and provincial activities. He planned and implemented the Scout “No Smoking”Campaign for the Mpumalanga province and was a representative for SCOUTS South Africa in Germany on numerous occasions. He assisted DPSG and VCP leaders in facilitating camps for German Scouts and attended an International camp called “Imwe”.  “ I will strive to nurture a great team that will devote its precious time to the smooth functioning of all programs and to help groom leaders of good quality.”Read more here.  

National Cub Programme Chairperson:
Ms Jeanette Angus

Ms Jeanette Angus is a very busy payroll controller at a huge retailer. Jeanette volunteers all her spare time to the Scouting Movement. She joined the Scouting Movement in 1980 at 1st St Francis in Yeoville as a Pack Helper.  For 36 years Jeanette has worked relentlessly to help Cubbing grow in South Africa. “Our aim is to develop children holistically; to become independent, healthy, happy and helpful individuals. Through the Cub Programme, which is aimed at the balanced development of each child, we provide ample learning opportunities through the play-way method.” Read more here. 

National Finance Chairperson (acting):

Mr John Sturgeon

National Property Chairperson:
Mr Khonzaphi Mdaka

Exco Khonzaphi MdakaMr Khonzaphi Mdaka graduated at the Madadeni Technical College in Electrical Engineering. After gaining experience within a number of companies, Mr Mdaka joined Halls as an assistant electrician. Due to his hard work, diligence, determination and skills he has risen through the ranks and is currently a Project Manager. The journey wasn’t easy, but the character and ability to overcome challenges is something Mr Mdaka attributes to his life within the Scouting Movement.

Khonzaphi joined Scouting in 1994 at Mataffin. In 2000 Dudley James invited him to join him as a Deputy Provincial Commissioner. In 2002 Khonzaphi became the Provincial Commissioner and Dudley took over as Provincial Chairman. In 2011 he then took over as Provincial Chairman and was elected at the National Scout Council to serve on the EXCO and on Steercom which oversaw the REVIT Programme. “I aim to consolidate the properties within SSA and ensure an effective use and economic return on investment through efficient maintenance programmes and renting out of the properties.”

National Scout Programme Chairperson:
Mr Nimmy Abrahams

Mr Nimmy Abrahams joined the Scouting Movement in 1980 as a Scout with 1st Wynberg Scout Group. In 1986 he was awarded his Springbok and in 1987 he received his Chief Scouts’ Award. He was the Troop Scouter at 2nd Plumstead Scout Group for many years as well as a member of the Regional Adult Support Team.

Nimmy is very passionate about developing people and in his opinion no other organization develops young people into tomorrow’s leaders the way Scouting does. “If you love seeing others improve themselves and make a better tomorrow for young people, then you don’t count the hours required to do that.”

International Committee Chairperson:
Mr Quintin Combrink

 

Mr Quintin Combrink is a Candidate Attorney. He joined the Scouting Movement in 1994 when he was 7 years old with 1st Edgemead Scout Group. As a scout He later moved to 1st Monte Vista Scout Group where he achieved his Springbok Award in 2005. As an adult Quintin continues to give back to the Movement as a Troop Scouter, a former member of the Senior Scout Adventure Committee and as a Western Cape Adult trainer. An elected member of the former National Scout Council, Quintin has volunteered at the National Scout Office and represented SCOUTS South Africa at the World Scout Conference in 2008. He has also represented WOSM, the World Organisation of Scout Movements, at the United Nations’ General Assembly and UNFCCC/COP meetings and on numerous occasions, leading the WOSM delegation in 2016.

Quintin is grateful for all the opportunities that he has been given along the way and for some very wise and inspirational leaders that have crossed his path. “Seeing youth develop and realize their potential, and seeing those youth then create opportunities for others following them is very inspirational”, he says