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Governance

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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SANBS Team

Ms. Getty Simelane

Chairman of the Board

Ms. Getty Simelane

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Ms. Getty Simelane

Ms. Getty Simelane

Chairman of the Board

Ms Simelane is a passionate advocate for blood transfusion heads up the SANBS Board of directors. Among other qualifications, she has a BA in Social Work from the University of Zululand, which she obtained in 1981, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom and completed the Executive Development Programme at the Kellogg Business School in the USA in 1993. She serves as the Chairperson for the Governance Social and Ethics Committee and is also a member of the HR and Remuneration Committee.

Dr Jonathan Louw

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Jonathan Louw

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Dr Jonathan Louw

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

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Dr. Jackie Thomson

Dr. Jackie Thomson

Medical Director

Dr Thomson, who is a highly respected doctor in the field of Haematology has spearheaded a culture of excellence in transfusion medicine not only at SANBS but throughout the South African medical industry. She obtained her MBCHB from Stellenbosch University in 1996 and followed it up with a specialisation in internal medicine with her MMed in 2001.

In 2005 she was awarded with a certificate in Haematology from the South African College of Medicine. Dr Thomson serves as a director on numerous other boards including the South African Bone Marrow Registry and the South African Stem Cells Transplant Society. She serves on the SANBS Clinical Governance and Risk sub-committees.

Dr. Patricia Knox

Non-Executive Donor Director

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Dr. Patricia Knox

Dr. Patricia Knox

Non-Executive Donor Director

Dr Knox has had a long-standing relationship with SANBS and has been involved with South African Blood transfusion for decades. She is an internationally respected authority in blood transfusion and is a consultant for the American Association of Blood Banks and is the Chair of the African Society of Blood Transfusion. She serves as the chair of the Clinical Governance Committee and is also a member of the SANBS Risk sub-committee.

Ms. Ansie Ramalho

Non-Executive Donor Director

Ms. Ansie Ramalho

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Ms. Ansie Ramalho

Ms. Ansie Ramalho

Non-Executive Donor Director

Ms Ramalho is a lawyer by training and believes that corporate governance can and should be harnessed for the benefit of the economy, society and the natural environment. She obtained her B.Juris from UNISA in 1988 and her B.Legum in 1991. She has also specialised in Insolvency Law and was the appointed King IV Project Lead with responsibility for the successful finalisation of the King IV Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa, 2016. She serves on a number of SANBS Sub-committees including the audit committee, Governance Social and Ethics Committee and is also a member of the HR & Remuneration Committee. Furthermore she chairs the SANBS Risk sub-committee.

Mr. Rob Theunissen

Non-Executive Donor Director

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Mr. Rob Theunissen

Mr. Rob Theunissen

Non-Executive Donor Director

Mr Theunissen is an experienced self-employed consultant with significant experience as a non-executive board director in the private and public sectors. He has been involved with SANBS for many years and his qualifications as a chartered accountant and registered auditor have stood him in excellent stead while serving on the SANBS board. He is a member of the SANBS sub-committees for Audit, Nomination and Clinical Governance.

Ms Phindile Mthethwa

Non-Executive Director

Ms Phindile Mthethwa

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Ms Phindile Mthethwa

Ms Phindile Mthethwa

Non-Executive Director

Phindile Mthethwa joins the South African National Blood Services (SANBS) as a member of their Board. She has been a member of various boards in South Africa with her most recent role being that of the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO)from 2009-2013. Prior to this, Phindile held a seat on the Nedbank Medical Aid Board of Trustees, as well as, on the Township Aids Project (TAP). She has a wide range of expertise and has held various roles at companies such as Standard Bank and Nedbank. In her current role as Enterprise Development Executive Manager in the Equity Equivalence Investment Program at IBM South Africa she is responsible for the management of the development of aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups and the deep skills program.

Prof. William Gumede

Independent Non-Executive Director

Prof. William Gumede

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Prof. William Gumede

Prof. William Gumede

Independent Non-Executive Director

William Gumede is Associate Professor, School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand. During the anti-apartheid struggle, Gumede held several leadership positions in South African student, civics and trade union movements. He was a political violence mediator and area coordinator for the National Peace Committee during the multiparty negotiations for a democratic South Africa and was seconded to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. His string of international qualifications include a joint degree from Utrecht, Aarhus and Cardiff Universities, a Masters from the University of the Witwatersrand and a qualification in Investment Banking from New York University. He serves as the chair of the SANBS Sub-committee for HR and Remuneration and is a member of the Audit as well as Governance Social and Ethics Committees.

Ms Faith Burn

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Ms Faith Burn

Ms Faith Burn

Independent Non-Executive Director

Faith Burn has twenty six years experience in various industries and knowledge areas. She has held various leadership positions over the past 18 years, ranging across a number of disciplines. Her current role is that of Group Chief Information Officer at Tsebo Solutions Group.  She is experienced in operating and engaging on Board and Executive Committee level. She was a board member at the Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa between April 2015 to April 2017 and has served as an Audit Committee Member at the CCMA between May 2015 – March 2018. Both these were Independent Non-Executive Director positions. She is also Co-Founder and Director of a Non-Profit organization  called Kingdom Consultant Center that seeks to improve education in impoverished communities.

Mr.Gary Leong

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr.Gary Leong

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Mr.Gary Leong

Mr.Gary Leong

Independent Non-Executive Director

Strategy

  • Develop and maintain the internal audit strategy to ensure it is aligned to the business strategy in order to directly add value to the business while providing the requisite assurance

Planning, budgeting and resourcing to execute the strategy

  • Oversee the preparation of the long-term and annual internal risk-based audit and IT audit plan by obtaining input from all stakeholders to identify the appropriate coverage of the entire audit universe over a 3-5 year period based on the current resources;
  • Ensure governance and strategic related reviews are included such as overall compliance with King IV, enterprise-wide risk management, compliance, IT governance, ethics, etc.
  • Review the annual audit plan for alignment to the strategic risks of the organisation to ensure assurance provided is relevant, submit proposed changes to the audit committee;

Internal auditing

  • Manage the timely execution and completion of internal audits to meet the annual plan in line with the IIA and Implats standards;
  • Oversee the outsourced IT auditors to ensure they perform IT audit in accordance with the approved IT audit plan and that the quality of the audit reports meet with Implats standards
  • Audits and consulting work provided on many areas within the organisation which include King IV application, Ethics, Risk Management, IT governance, Information Security, Internal Financial Controls, SHE (Safety, Health and Environmental).
  • Provide an opinion on the internal controls reviewed that contributes to the written assessment on internal controls and risk management required in terms of King IV.

Quality assurance

  • Chairman of the quality assurance team overseeing all aspects of quality within Implats Group Internal Audit
  • Oversee the Quality Assurance and Improvement Programme to ensure conformance with the IIA Standards, compliance with internal reporting standards and internal policies and procedures

Combined assurance

  • Established the combined assurance function at Implats
  • Maintain the combined assurance model and prepare reports for the audit committee
  • Obtain inputs from the other lines of defence
  • Continuously seek opportunities to enhance the combined assurance model

Fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and

Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA)

Prof. Vanesa Moodley

Independent Non-Executive Director

Prof. Vanesa Moodley

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Prof. Vanesa Moodley

Prof. Vanesa Moodley

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Medical doctor – general medical knowledge and skills
  • Specialist in the field of Haematology – specialised knowledge and skills in the field of Haematology
  • Head of an academic unit – knowledge and skills regarding teaching, learning and research

Head of an academic laboratory – appropriate skills required to manage a laboratory

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