The EWT is a registered Trust governed in accordance with the Trust Property Control Act No. 57 of 1988, under Master’s reference number IT 6247. The Amended and Restated Deed of Trust 2014, as registered with the Master of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, is the founding document of the EWT and lays out the roles and responsibilities of Trustees, the Board and the committees of the Board. EWT Trustees are not remunerated for their services and serve the EWT in a voluntary capacity.

The EWT is registered as a Non-Profit Organisation, registration number 015-502 NPO and PBO Registration No 930 001 777.

The EWT’s audited summary financial statements can be viewed in the most recent integrated report.

EWT Trustees/Board of Management

Mr Abdul Kader Mohamed (aka AK) joined the EWT as a Trustee in 2015 and has been a member of the EWT Audit and Finance Committee (AFC) since 2016 to date. AK has been a Senior Executive of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) since 2013 and has joined several organisations in a senior financial role, including Mahube Financial Services Group (Pty); Sentech Limited; the Development Bank of Southern Africa; Sanlam Life Limited; Swiss Re Life & Health Southern Africa Limited; the University of Cape Town as Part-time Lecturer for Accounting & Taxation; Nedcor Investment Bank Limited (Syfrets Limited) and as BDO Spencer Steward. AK’s expertise includes Finance & Accounting, Leadership and being a “People Person”, Governance, Government networking, and Muslim membership opportunities.

Ms Angela Cherrington joined the EWT as a Trustee in 2015. Angela has been a member of the IoDSA since 2014, having been a Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to 2014. She was also a director of the same institution for a year before becoming the CEO. Angela’s areas of expertise include experience in Governance, Dealmaking, Relationship building; Fundraising Partnerships, and Collaboration Awareness

Mr Antony Wannell joined the EWT as a Trustee in 2005, became a board member in 2006 and a committee member of the AFC from 2008 to date. In 2017 he also joined the EWT Marketing Advisory Committee. He has been mentoring senior staff in the EWT. Outside of the EWT, at the end of 2016, Antony exited the businesses he founded, Brands 4 Africa, One Owl Enterprises, and Lodge Stock and Barrel who were exporters into sub-Saharan Africa of Builders hardware and related products, after selling his remaining shares to Invicta Holdings via there BSG Building supply Group. Antony is passionate about the environment and has served on the Board of EWT since 2005 and the Audit and Finance Committee Since 2008. Antony enjoys photography and is a keen tennis player and runner. Antony now focuses on a few new businesses that satisfy his purpose in life: a tourism-related business Wildoke, a lodge design and interiors business, Conscious Colab, and lastly, his property investment company, R25 Properties. Antony holds various non-executive board positions and is also a member of the Entrepreneurs Organization.

Mr Anthony Diepenbroek became an EWT Trustee in 2014 and subsequently a board member from 2015. Anthony’s career spans various design, engineering, project management and construction management roles and property from 1992 with Group 5 Residential and then Barlow Rand Properties and Rand Mines Properties. Redevelopment of ex-mining land south of Johannesburg became a major focus for him. He also orchestrated unbundling of real estate assets into new listings. Anthony has held directorships in various listed real estate companies, including being the CEO of Zendai SA, formerly Heartland Properties, and was a member of the executive committee responsible for all real estate activities. He has been passionately involved with Modderfontein Reserve and the establishment of the enterprise development program in the area. Anthony has a Master’s in Business Administration from the UCT and mentorship experience. He finds time to play golf, master squash, and do mountain biking. He is a past president of SAPOA.

Prof. Barry Ackers became a Trustee of the EWT in 2015 and later in 2010 became a member of the AFC. Barry brings vast financial expertise in specific fields of internal auditing and supervises Masters’s and Doctoral research dissertations in the College of Accounting Sciences at the University of South Africa (Unisa). Barry is a member of the International Committee of Research and Education Advisors of the Institute for Internal Auditors. Barry spent several years in various private and public services organisations, focusing on financial, governance, operational and strategic management. Academically he is a holder of a Bachelor of Accounting Sciences; Master of Business Administration; Master of Commerce; Doctor of Commerce – Auditing, and being a Certified Internal Auditor (Institute of Internal Auditors – USA). Barry enjoys research with a special interest in corporate governance, corporate social responsibility (CSR), integrated reporting and assurance. As an auditor, Barry regards himself as a sceptical pragmatist. In other words, he understands why companies report on their non-financial performance but asks the question, “why should we believe you?”  Barry is a Fellow member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and a member of the Institute of Directors IoDSA). Previously, he was Vice President – Professional Practice on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Internal Auditors S.A. (IIA). Barry was also a former member of the International IIA Committee of Research and Education Advisors; a former special advisor in Internal Auditing at the Pretoria Technikon (now the Tshwane University of Technology); leader of the Audit Committees of the Gauteng Provincial Government; Champion for the College of Accounting Sciences; champion in respect of Research on Governance. Barry is presently an affiliate of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA, Southern African Accounting Association (SAAA), International Association for Accounting Education and Research (IAAER), and Institute of Directors.

Ms Charlotte Lesego Rammusi joined the EWT as a Trustee in 2015 and subsequently a member of the board and the Social Ethics and Remuneration Committee (SERC). Lesego brings a wealth of experience and has worked in various organisations in varied positions from Sustainability Manager; Supply Chain Sustainable Development Manager; Sustainability/BEE Officer; Sustainable Development Operations Analyst; Environmental Technician, and Environmental Officer in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Environment, and Land Affairs. Lesego holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Development focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility and conducted a Mini Dissertation on Experiences and Perceptions of Mining CSR Representatives in Thabazimbi: Dependency and Empowerment. Lesego’s interests lie in improving the environment considering the modern time changes, e.g., Climate Change etc.

Mr Christo Reeders, a practising attorney since 1982, joined the EWT Trusteeship in 2014. Christo’s practice is devoted almost exclusively to Environmental Law, Mining Law, litigation relating to these two specialist fields, and general commercial litigation. As a senior director of BELL DEWAR & HALL, he spearheaded that firm’s Environmental Law department for seven years, whereafter he decided to commence practice for his own account to concentrate on the narrow field of law that holds his interest. He has been in legal practice spanning more than thirty years, and during this time, he has acted successfully in matters of substantial diversity involving Environmental Law, Mining Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law (with particular reference to administrative reviews and internal appeals), ground and surface water disputes (including pollution of water resources and other contraventions of the National Water Act),  the agricultural chemical industry where a number of his environmental innovations have been incorporated in commercial agreements and which remain in international use. Through his extensive litigation skills, he has successfully procured the registration in South Africa of genetically modified maise on behalf of a prominent multi-national seed company. The list of projects he has worked on is inexhaustible. His practice gravitated during the mid-1980s to aspects that today fall squarely within the purview of Environmental Law, the promulgation of the Environmental Conservation Act in 1989 and the adoption of certain environmental principles in the Minerals Act of 1991, the promulgation of the National Environmental Management Act and the National Water Act in 1998, the diverse suite of environmental legislation which has followed subsequently and the incorporation of these principles in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act of 2002 that has given rise to several new opportunities. He has been involved in other litigation, such as advising several clients in prominent mining-related disputes, including the threat to the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site, the Enkangala Grasslands Project in Mpumalanga, and others in Limpopo and KZN.

Dr Crispian Olver joined the EWT as a Trustee in 2014. Crispian is a public policy expert and social activist interested in local government and urban governance. He spent a decade in Mandela and Thabo Mbeki’s government (1994 – 2005), ending as Director-General of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism under Minister Valli Moosa. Before he moved to Environmental Affairs as DDG in the then Department of Constitutional Development, he crafted most of the current local government legislation in South Africa and was responsible for setting up the post- ‘94 local government system in South Africa. For the last few years, he has been working on turning around distressed municipalities in South Africa. This work has taken him close to the mechanics by which municipalities are governed and how good governance can be eroded. His last big assignment was managing the process of building institutional capacity and rooting out corruption in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. He recently published a book on this, titled “How to Steal a City”. In the last few years, he has also worked on a diverse range of other projects, including the World Bank’s Public Sector Capacity Building Programme in Ethiopia, the World Wildlife Fund’s global climate change programme and the UN’s Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) review of global carbon markets. He is a medical doctor by training and holds a BSc (Med) (1983), Psychology Honours (1984) and MBChB (1988) degrees from UCT. He is currently registered for a PhD at WITS in the Politics Department and is a research fellow at PARI.

Mr Dirk Ackerman became an EWT Trustee in 1999, Board Member in 2007, and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2008. He maintains this position to this day. Dirk is the Group CEO of the IQ Business Group, an international ICT, business consultancy and outsourcing company operating in the USA, UK, Australia, and Africa.  He also serves on the Board of Prodapt IQ SA, an international software development company. As CEO, Dirk’s career spanned the banking, financial services, property management and development, public utilities, information technology, and business consultancy industries. Dirk has served on various Boards of blue-chip listed and non-listed companies, both locally and internationally, in the public and private sectors.  Dirk has gained a seasoned track record of business success. His diversified career experience positions him to provide leadership coaching and advice on strategic and operational matters to the executives of companies on whose board he serves. Dirk has been at the forefront of business empowerment initiatives since the inception of his business career, having had the privilege of pioneering major empowerment initiatives in the banking, construction, ICT, state asset management, and public utility management fields.  He has played an influential role in establishing transformational practices and standards in numerous businesses and government departments. Dirk has a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Law and has achieved numerous management qualifications and attended Executive Development programmes. He also gained a Military Law qualification while serving as an Officer in the SA Air Force. Dirk is a sworn appraiser to the South African Department of Justice and is a qualified property practitioner and a member of the Institute of Directors, a founder member of the SA Tourism Business Council, and a member of the Young Presidents organisation. Dirk has a strong sense of community commitment and is engaged in several charitable initiatives. He serves on the board of The Starfish Great Hearts Foundation, an international organisation dedicated to providing for the care and education of Aids orphans in Southern Africa and is a director of a few local and international companies. Dirk’s hobbies include flying aerobatics, charitable work, hiking and wildlife, and information technology development.

Mr Douglas M. Ramaphosa has 35 years of experience in various fields and is currently a non‐executive director on several Social, Ethics and Transformation committees. He brings to the EWT a wealth of expertise in Risk management, social and ethics transformation, and governance. He joined the EWT as a trustee in 2020.

Mrs Joanna Goeller became a Trustee and Board Member of the EWT in 2006. Joanna is an Environmental Scientist with over 15 years of experience in the mining and industrial sectors. Joanna is a holder of a B. SocSci, Environmental Science and Geography (Hon) degree and has a wide range of experience in environmental management, including Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Management Systems, Environmental Management Plans, Environmental Audits, Due Diligence Studies, and Closure Plans. Joanna is a qualified Lead Environmental Auditor and has a good understanding of the laws and regulations associated with mining and heavy industry in the African region. She has managed a team of around ten environmental consultants and is excellent at mentoring and guiding younger staff members in the environmental consulting field.

Ms Karin Ireton joined the EWT as a Trustee and Board Member in 2004. In 2010 she became a member of the EWT Social Ethics and Remunerations Committee, a member of the EWT Technical Advisory Committee in 2016, part of the EWT Marketing Advisory Committee in 2017, and offers mentorship to EWT staff members. Karin retired from her last job as Head of the Sustainability Programme for the Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest bank, and is now a consultant focussing on responsible financing, climate change and energy, environmental and social risk, and the communication of sustainability performance. With an MA in International Political Economy (Leeds), she has held roles at Anglo American, Eskom, and the then Industrial Environmental Forum, serves on numerous sustainability advisory boards, and chairs the International Stakeholder Council for the Global Reporting Initiative and the IoD’s Sustainable Development Forum.

Mr Lloyd Madurai has 26 years of experience in various fields, including radio, having worked for several stations before founding his own, Hot 102.7. He has experience building strong mutually beneficial partnerships and has won the 2018 National Small Business Champion of the Year Award. Lloyd joined the EWT as a Trustee in 2020.

Dr Luthando Dziba’s expertise lies in Veterinary Services, Conservation Planning, and Cultural Heritage. He serves as the Co-chair of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES); handled the Ecosystems Research team at CSIR.; and is currently on SANBI and WITS’ Global Change Institute Boards. He has been an EWT Trustee since 2020.

Mr Mike Esterhuysen joined the EWT as a Trustee and Board Member in 2001 and as a member of the EWT Social Ethics and Remunerations Committee in 2010. Mike is currently the Chief Executive officer of Lesoba Difference (LD), a marketing and advertising company with a 33-year history in the advertising industry. Mike has many years of experience in the Banking and Insurance sectors, having worked with every bank and insurance company in the country. LD provides pro bono services to various NGOs, including the EWT and Adoption Voice South Africa. Mike is passionate about the environment and wildlife and rushes off to the bush along the Olifants River in the Balule area at every opportunity.

Mr Muhammad Seedat became a Trustee in 2015 and a member of the AFC in 2016. In his financial work experience, Muhammad has been employed as a Financial Analyst/Project Accountant and his current position of Managing Partner/Director/Member and CEO for Smartrac Group Incorporating. He is professionally affiliated with organisations such as SAIPA (South African Institute of Professional Accountants), where he is Vice Chairman of the Board and Strategic Committee (STRATCOM) Member; SAIPA KZN Regional Committee; Chairperson Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry Vice President: Finance; Board Member; Council Member and Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry Finance & Investment Committee Chairman. Muhammad is affiliated with the Institute of Directors (IoD) Remuneration Committee (Board Committee) Chairman; Institute of Directors (IoD) Audit & Risk Committee (ARC) (Board Committee) Member; Institute of Directors (IoD) KZN Regional Committee Member; Institute of Directors/KPMG Audit Committee Forum Member; Association of Muslim Accounts & Lawyers (AMAL) Executive Committee Member; Treasurer of South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA); Chairperson & Board Member: Cygnet School; Governing Board Member: Durban Preparatory High School (DPHS) and Trustee/Director: Claverton Hall Body Corporate. Muhammad is a holder of a Professional Accountant (SA) Tax Practitioner qualifications, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree, Bachelor of Commerce (Acc) Honours in Accounting and Auditing – ACC finalist (UK). Muhammad specialises in research techniques, project management, business writing, corporate governance, company secretarial services, risk management, best practice procedures, and interpretation of statutes, policies, and regulations.

Mr Mohammed Valli Moosa is a veteran of the South African freedom struggle and was once a Minister in Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki’s governments. In the corporate world, he has occupied the positions of Non-Executive Chairman at Sun International Ltd., Independent Non-Executive Director at Sanlam Ltd., Non-Executive Chairman at Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., Independent Non-Executive Chairman at Anglo American Platinum Ltd., Chairman at United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, and President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Vali was an EWT Trustee from 2009 to June 2014 and re-joined the EWT board in 2020.

Mrs Mpho Sono joined the EWT as a trustee in 2020. She works in film, radio, TV, and Corporate Theatre productions and is a social entrepreneur. Mpho is also passionate about the environment and empowering and mentoring young girls.

Mrs Praxedis (Prax) Hwindingwi has 20 years of experience in various fields, including the IT industry, and has worked at Life Healthcare using expertise in Medical Informatics.

Mr Paul John Smith joined the EWT as a Trustee in 2010 and became the Treasurer and Chairperson of the AFC and a Board Member in 2011. In 2012 Paul became a member of the SERC. Before his retirement in 2016, Paul worked as Group Chief Risk Officer within the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Standard Bank, which he held from 1997 until November 1999. Paul Smith was previously a partner in the Financial Services Group of KPMG for 13 years out of a total period of service of 21 years. Paul is a Chartered Accountant (SA) with a BSc degree from the University of Natal and has a Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy from the University of Port Elizabeth. He has also attended the Advanced Management Programme at Wharton Business School in the USA.

Ms Roshael Hoosen has 26 years of experience in fields that include but are not limited to Project Management, Marketing Management, Financial Management, Change Management, and Human Resource Management. She joined the EWT Board of Trustees in 2020.

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