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Chief Scout: Dr Brendon Hausberger

Dr Hausberger was previously SSA’s Chief Commissioner, Gauteng Provincial Commissioner and served on Exco. He has been an active and dedicated adult member for over 20 years and has worked to empower children and youth through Scouting. Brendon has also actively participated in the training and development of adult volunteers. 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. . Read more here.

Deputy Chief Scout: Mr Khonzaphi Mdaka

Exco Khonzaphi MdakaMr Khonzaphi Mdaka joined the Scouting Movement in 1994 in Mataffin. In 2000 he became Deputy Provincial Commissioner and two  years later he took on the role of Provincial Commissioner. In 2011 he was named Provincial Chairman and was also elected at the National Scout Council to serve on Steercom which oversaw the revitalisation of Scouting. More recently Khonzaphi stepped into a National position as the Chair: SSA Properties. He made big strides in consolidating SSA’s properties and developed effective property management and maintenance tools.
As the Deputy Chief Scout Khonzaphi wants to contribute to the growth of the organization. “I want to contribute to the creation of a sustainable youth organization where class has no space like we see in third world countries.  I want to contribute in making Scouting a symbol of life for the young people of our country and the world we live in.” Khonzaphi graduated at the Madadeni Technical College in Electrical Engineering. He joined Halls as an assistant electrician and is currently a Project Manager. The journey wasn’t easy, but the character and ability to overcome challenges is something Khonzaphi attributes to his life within the Scouting Movement. 

National Team

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.  Read more here.

Chief Commissioner: 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 has also served of the Scout Board.

Gary holds a B. Com degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, an MBA from Stellenbosch University and was awarded the Old Mutual Medal for exceptional academic achievement. He has held various commercial positions and currently works for Tiger Brands Limited, and has experience in both business unit and group management roles. Mr Pienaar has 3 sons and resides in Johannesburg.

Chair: National Scout Programme

Ms Adrienne van der Watt

Ms. Adrienne van der Watt joined Scouting as the ATS for the 1st Ethelbert Scout Troop in the Stainbank District of KZN in 2006 and in 2007 she became TS. She also joined the 1st Malvern Rovers. In 2010 she achieved her BP Award  and a year later her Wood Badge and ALT Beads. She has been a member of the KZN Adult Leader Training Team ever since. Adrienne also holds a Certificate of Merit and a Medal of Merit, and is currently a member of the Lexden Patrol Leader Training Unit and is a member of the KZN Springbok Interview panel. “Scouting is more than just a youth programme, it is a way of life, a personal philosophy. I would like to see standardized high quality Scouting being achieved across South Africa. I want each Region/District/Group to feel supported and know that they are important. ” Since 2004 Adrienne has been working at the Ethelbert Child and Youth Care Centre in KZN, where she is the Child Care Manager. She is a qualified Child Care Practitioner and has a BA(HSS) degree in in Health Sciences and Social Services with a specialization in Psychological Counselling.  Read her story here

Chair: National Rover Programme
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. Read more here. 

Chair: National Meerkat Programme

Mr Craig Rens

Mr Craig Rens has been an integral member of the Meerkat Programme development team. Craig joined the Scout Movement at 7 years old and holds his Leaping Wolf and Wood Badge. He has held various positions within four Scout Groups. The Law & Promise have always been a measure in his life and also while working in the bank and church. ““Meerkats came out of a need for a quality programme for children of ECD age. Its main focus is to develop helpful, well rounded young people and it provides an opportunity for parents and children to learn through play together.“  Read full story here.

Chair: National Cub Programme
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. 

Chair National Finance Committee:

Mr John Sturgeon

Mr John Sturgeon has served as Chair of the National Finance Committee since 2018. Simultaneously, he has been Gauteng Treasurer / Regional Finance Representative since 2010, as well being responsible for the property portfolio. From 1997 to 2005, he was a member the National Finance Committee. John is a qualified Chartered Account and was Group Executive – Corporate Finance and Capital Management within the Liberty Holdings Group for 15 years.  He consults to Liberty Holdings since retirement, responsible for Corporate actions in Africa amongst other responsibilities. John has held various Financial Directorship positions including Argus Holdings Limited and the Premier Group Limited. For recreation, John enjoys cycling.

Chair: National Adult Resources

Mrs Joy Hutchinson

Mrs Joy Hutchinson hails from a family of Girl Guides and therefore understood the fundamentals of both movements from a young age. In 1997 she joined the Scouting Movement as a Pack Helper with 9th Benoni when her eldest son became a Cub. Shortly afterwards she was invested as an Assistant Pack Scouter. Since then Joy has held a number of roles ranging from Pack Scouter and East Rand ADC to trainer and now lead trainer in Gauteng. Since 2014 she has been a SSA International Committee member and has now taken on the role of Chair: National Adult Resources. Joy holds a Certificate of Merit and a Long Service Medal. Professionally, Joy has had a successful administrative career in multiple finance and HR departments in the corporate field. She has a secretarial diploma and has studied part time through Unisa majoring in education and psychology. Read more here

Chair: Young Leaders Representative
Mr Lawrence Stanton

Lawrence Stanton hails from Johannesburg and joined the Scouting Movement in 2003 at the 1st St Peter’s Cub Pack. He later joined the 1st Rivertrail Scout Group where he engaged in many Scouting adventures until he relocated to Cape Town to study. After moving down from Johannesburg Lawrence decided to give back to others what he had gained through Scouting and joined the 6th Rondebosch Scout Group as an ATS. Lawrence currently lives in the Western Cape and is studying towards his Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechatronics at the University of Cape Town. Read full story here.

Chair: National Marketing Committee
Mr Peter Statham

Peter Statham lives in Cape Town and is the founder of TWI (Teamwork Through Innovation). His passion in life is the outdoors, adventure and communication through innovation and excitement. Peter has a diploma in Marketing from AAA School of Advertising and has extensive experience within the outdoor adventure industry. He has been in the Scouting Movement for many years and has great insights into how to approach and reach members of our various Scouting branches. 

Chair: National Property Committee

Mr Robert Surgison

Chair: National Adult Leader Training

Mrs Sheila Tanner

Mrs Sheila Tanner was born in the United Kingdom and did her BSc Botany Zoology at the University of Wales in Cardiff. She went on to establish a successful professional career as a programmer, systems analyst and computer trainer. Sheila grew up in Guiding. After joining the South African Scouting Movement in 2004 as a uniformed member, she has served in various roles ranging from Assistant Pack Scouter to Assistant Troop Scouter, Assistant Provincial Commissioner, Tutor, Assistant Leader Trainer and Leader Trainer and more recently as Regional Team Coordinator Adult Support in Limpopo. For many years she has been working relentlessly within the Adult Support and Training teams to develop, edit and present materials that benefit not only the adult leader but also the youth under their care. Sheila’s reason for volunteering for Scouting is simple, “I serve to help young people make a success of their lives! Read her story here.

Special Projects

Mr Andrew Tanner

Exco Andrew TannerMr Andrew Tanner grew up in Scouting in England. In South Africa he was Group Chairman, Troop Scouter, and Assistant District Commissioner, before devoting his time to Adult Leader Training and more recently as Chief Commissioner and Chair: Adult Support. Andrew has made substantial progress over the recent years with regards to the implementation of our Strategic Plan and growing the Adult Support portfolio including the revision and development of adult resources. Andrew 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. Read Andrew’s Scouting journey here