The Scout 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.

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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.