Corporate Governance

The South African National Blood Service is a non-profit organisation, which serves the public through services procured from the public. SANBS must therefore operate within a sound corporate governance framework in order to give all its stakeholders the assurance that the organisation is operated, managed and governed in a manner which is appropriate to a non-profit organisation.

The corporate governance landscape in South Africa has changed significantly during the past decade, as a result of corporate governance scandals in both the public and private domain. The result of these governance catastrophes was the publication of the Third King Report on Corporate Governance (King 3), in addition to the promulgation of the Companies Act of 2008.

When the 2001 King Report was issued, the SANBS Board recognised that various changes were required to the SANBS governance structure in order to comply with the report. These changes were implemented as appropriate. With the implementation of the King 3 Report and 2008 Companies Act, the SANBS Board must realise that corporate governance is a continuously evolving process. Therefore, the Board must be prepared to reassess its corporate governance framework on a regular basis, in order to take cognisance of changes to SANBS’ internal and external environment, as this will be the only way of ensuring that SANBS remains sustainable into the future.

SANBS has now embarked upon a process to ensure that it complies with:

  • The requirements of the Companies Act 2008
  • The requirements of the King 3 report
  • All relevant legislation, and
  • Appropriate codes of good practice

The Board recognises that any processes implemented must be flexible to ensure that SANBS is able to respond swiftly and appropriately to the challenges of the health services sector.

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Dr Jonathan Louw
Chief Executive Officer

Dr Louw joins SANBS with a wealth of healthcare knowledge both from a medical and commercial point of view and is an experienced CEO.

In 2017 he founded Healthwyse Consulting and prior to this, he was MD at the Abraaj Group (a Dubai-based private equity investment company). Dr Louw was at JSE-Listed Adcock Ingram and Tiger brands from 2001 to 2014, serving in a variety of capacities from New Business Development, MD of Pharmaceuticals (2003 to 2006) and then Chief Executive at Adcock Ingram (2006 to 2014).

He has an MB.ChB (1993) and an MBA (1999), both from the University of Cape Town.


Dr. Jackie Thomson
Medical Director

Sub Committees:
• Clinical Governance
• Risk

• MBCHB – Stellenbosch University (1996);
• MMed Internal Medicine – Stellenbosch University (2001);
• Certificate in Haematology – College of Medicine SA (2005);

Other Directorships:
• SABMR (South African Bone Marrow Registry);
• SAMA (South African Medical Association Portal);
• SASCeTS (South African Stem Cells Transplant Society);
• EBMT (European Society for Blood and Marrow    Transplant);
• IOD (Institute of Directors).

Board of Directors


Ms. Getty Simelane
Chairman of the Board

• Chairman: Governance Social & Ethics
• Member: HR & Remuneration Committee


• BA Social Work – University of Zululand – 1981
• HDPM – Wits Business School – 1982
• MPhil University of Bath, UK -1988
• EDP Kelloggs Business School, North Western University, USA – 1993

Other Directorships:
• The HR Touch Pty Ltd
• T-Systems South Africa
• ABC Ventilators Pty Ltd
• Johannesburg Water SOC
• KZN Growth Fund Manager SOC
• St Mungos Diepsloot Social Action NPC
• Tshikululu Social Investments NPC
Professional Memberships:
• Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) – Fellow
• SABPP Chartered HR Practitioner and Chair of Mentoring

• SIRDAR Governance Panellist (Independent Director)


Dr. Patricia Knox
Non-Executive Donor Director


• Chairman : Clinical Governance Committee
• Member: Risk

• MBChB – University of Cape Town (1979);
• DCH – Diploma in Child Health, South African College of
Medicine (1985)

Professional Memberships:
• Consultant for AABB
• Chair of African Society of Blood Transfusion (AfSBT)
• Education Committee (2011 -2014)


Ms. Ansie Ramalho
Non-Executive Donor Director

• Chairman: Risk Committee
• Member: Audit Committee
• Member: Governance Social & Ethics Committee
• Member: HR & Remuneration Committee


• Baccalaureus Juris, UNISA (1988)
• Baccalaureus Legum: UNISA (1991)
• Diploma in the Law of Insolvency: AIPSA (1993)
• Certificate in International Insolvency Law: University of Pretoria (2000)
• Certificate Programme in Financing and Accounting: Wits Business School (2004)


Mr. Rob Theunissen
Non-Executive Donor Director

• Member: Audit Committee;
• Member: Nomination Committee;
• Member: Clinical Governance Committee;


• B. Accounting : Wits University (1981);
• CA (SA) : (1982);
• Registered Auditor (1984);
• Diploma in Criminal Justice & Forensic Auditing : RAU (2004)


Mr. Rodney Brand
Non-Executive Donor Director

• Member: Audit Committee
• Member: Nomination Committee
• Member: Clinical Governance Committee

• CTA: University of Natal (1974)
• CA (SA)

Professional Memberships:
• Member of the SAICA


Prof. William Gumede
Independent Non-Executive Director

• Chairman:HR & Remuneration Committee
• Member: Audit Committee
• Member:Governance Social & Ethics Committee

• Joint Degree (Utrecht, Aarhus and Cardiff Universities) – 1999
• Econ & Public Finance (UNISA) – 2000
• MA (University of the Witwatersrand) – 2001
• Project Finance (GIBS – 2001 & Stellenbosch – 2012)
• Investment Banking (New York University) – 2013

Other Directorships:
• Global Reporting Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada: Board member


Prof. Vanessa Moodley
Independent Non-Executive Director

• Chairman: Nomination Committee
• Member: Clinical Governance

• MBChB: University of Cape Town (1997)
• MMed (Haematological Pathology) – cum laude MEDUNSA (2004)

Professional Memberships:
• Member: Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
• Member: South African Society of Haematology (SASH)
• Head: Discipline of Haematological Pathology
(University of Limpopo – MEDUNSA Campus /
• Member: Haematology Expert Committee
• Member: Clinical Pathology Expert Committee


Ms Morongwe Malebye
Non-Executive Director

Morongwe Malebye is a founder and member of an engineering company and has more than 20 years experience in Engineering and Asset management.

Ms Malebye has a Masters degree in Business Administration, and a MSc from Witwatersrand University. She also obtained a Project Management Diploma in 1996 after she graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1995.

Together with other engineers and women, she has executed Renewable Energy multimillion projects in townships across South Africa while providing training and skilling of unemployed youth and women.