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: Dr Brendon Hausberger

Dr Hausberger was previously the Chief Commissioner of SCOUTS South Africa (SSA) and served on the SSA Executive Committee. He has been an active and dedicated adult member for over 20 years, during which time he has worked with the youth to empower many children and youth through Scouting activities and events and has worked with the training and development of our adult volunteers as a member of the adult leader training team. As the Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, with the support of the regional team and Scouters in Gauteng, he oversaw the implementation of the Scouting programme, a number of environmental and sustainable community upliftment projects and managed the regional infrastructure.

When not at Scouting, he carries the pursuit of leadership and environmental awareness into his work environment. He is the CEO of Holland and Hausberger, a South African engineering firm with a particular focus on providing energy and fuel needs through renewable and energy efficient applications. cs@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

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 Michael Gee

Michael Gee grew up in the Western Cape where he spent his teenage years as a member of the Plumstead Sea Scout Troop and was awarded the Queen’s Scout Award. As a young adult he took on the role of Troop Scouter and then in the early 80’s he ran the Cub programme as Pack Scouter. Due to work commitments he left the Movement but recently joined the Alumni Network and has now been elected as a member of the Scout Board.

Mr Gee has a BSc and a MBA from the University of Cape Town and is known to operate strategically, with impeccable integrity and ethics. He has held various strategic managerial positions and since 1992 manages his own consulting firm ‘Business Knowledge Systems’, through which has assisted – and is affiliated – to the University of Stellenbosch, the Milpark Business School, Graduate School of Business University of the Witwatersrand, The Da Vinci Institute, Henley Business School, Northwest University, and others. 

Mr Trueman Goba

Trueman Goba is the chairman of Hatch Africa (Pty) Ltd, which is part of the HATCH group of companies, a global group of engineers and professionals in the field of consulting and construction management.

He has held numerous positions in the Engineering profession and industry, including President of SAICE (SA Institution of Civil Engineering) in 2002, President of ECSA (Engineering Council of SA) between 2007 and 2009, was chairman of the then Cement and Concrete Institute from 2004 to 2005 whilst he was also a member of the CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board) between 2004 and 2007. Between 2010 and 2015 he was appointed on the first National Planning Commission and he is currently the President of the SA Academy of Engineering. Trueman Goba was born in Durban where he attended primary schools in the well-known townships of Chesterville, Clermont and Inanda. During this time he was a Cub.

Mr Alec Hogg

Alec 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 anchored the Power Lunch television programme on CNBC Africa weekdays and is a sought-after keynote business speaker on investment and global economic affairs. 

Mr Gary Pienaar

Gary Pienaar joined the 9th Pietermaritzburg Cub Pack along with his younger brother, shortly before his 10th birthday. He achieved his Leaping, his Springbok and the old Chief Scout’s Awards. Over the years he has served in Group, District, Regional, Training and National roles.

He did a B. Com degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, completed a MBA through Stellenbosch University and was awarded the Old Mutual Medal for exceptional academic achievement. He currently works and resides in Johannesburg. During his career, he has held various commercial roles from finance and accounting, to human resources management and more recently sales and marketing.  He currently works for Tiger Brands Limited, and has experience in both business unit and group management roles. Mr Pienaar has 3 sons and is an active adult volunteer.

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