Curro Holdings Limited Appoints New Leadership Team and Strengthens Governance

  • Transition in Leadership: Ms. Santie Botha retiring, Mr. Themba Baloyi appointed Chair-elect, ensuring strategic continuity.
  • Governance Enhancements: Mr. Douglas Ramaphosa as lead independent director, diverse expertise in board committees, bolstering oversight.
  • Strategic Direction: Emphasis on education, seamless leadership transition, commitment to ethical governance, and stakeholder value creation.

Curro Holdings Limited is undergoing significant changes in its board and board committees. These changes signify a strategic shift in leadership and governance, aimed at enhancing the company’s performance and stakeholder value.

Retirement and Appointment of Chairpersons

Ms. Santie Botha, the current Chairperson, will retire after the upcoming AGM, marking the end of her exemplary leadership since April 2013. Mr. Themba Baloyi, an independent non-executive director, will succeed her, bringing a wealth of experience and commitment to education.

Lead Independent Director Appointment

Mr. Douglas Ramaphosa’s appointment as the lead independent director underscores Curro’s commitment to robust governance practices. His tenure as an independent non-executive director since 2018 ensures continuity and effective oversight.

Retirement and Appointment of Directors

Prof. Sibongile Winnie Frieda Muthwa’s retirement after 11 years as an independent non-executive director reflects Curro’s adherence to board renewal principles. Ms. Busisiwe Mathe’s appointment brings diverse expertise, particularly in finance and governance.

Changes to Board Committees

The reconstitution of board committees is pivotal in ensuring focused oversight and strategic guidance. Each committee’s composition reflects a balance of skills, independence, and experience, essential for effective decision-making.

Table: Reconstituted Board Committees

Audit and Risk CommitteeMs. Cora FernandezMr. Douglas Ramaphosa, Ms. Busi Mathe
Remuneration and Nomination CommitteeMr. Piet MoutonMr. Themba Baloyi, Ms. Lerato Molebatsi
Social, Ethics, and Transformation CommitteeMs. Lerato MolebatsiMr. Douglas Ramaphosa, Dr. Chris van der Merwe, Mr. Cobus Loubser (CEO)

Enhanced Leadership and Strategic Direction

Mr. Themba Baloyi’s appointment as Chair-elect brings continuity and strategic vision to Curro. His leadership skills and business acumen, combined with a focus on education, align with Curro’s mission and growth objectives. The smooth handover from Ms. Santie Botha ensures seamless transition and stability in leadership.


Curro Holdings Limited’s recent board and committee changes signify a proactive approach to governance and leadership succession. The appointments of Mr. Themba Baloyi as Chair-elect and Ms. Busisiwe Mathe as an independent director demonstrate Curro’s commitment to fostering diverse expertise, ethical conduct, and strategic direction. These initiatives bode well for Curro’s future performance, stakeholder confidence, and long-term sustainability in the education sector.

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