Our Team

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SCOUTS South Africa is a volunteer run organisation with a limited number of paid staff. Our volunteers coordinate and implement the Scouting programmes nationwide. This is our dynamic and experienced management team!

Chief Scout: Sibusiso Vilane

Chief Scout Sibusiso VilaneMr Sibusiso Vilane is one of a handful of South Africans, and the first black African, to climb each of the Seven Summits, the seven highest peaks on each of the seven continents. He climbed Kilimanjaro seven times (Africa), Mount Everest (Asia, 2003, 2005 and 2014), Mount Aconcagua (South America), Elbrus (Europe), Carstensz Pyramid (Oceania), Vinson (Antarctica) and Denali/McKinley (North America).

On 17 January 2008, Mr Vilane and his Team Extreme partner, Alex Harris, became the first South Africans to walk to the South Pole completely unassisted. April 2012 he completed the ‘three poles challenge’ (North Pole, the South Pole and Everest) when he trekked to the North Pole. He is currently a professional speaker, mountaineer, expedition guide and leader. In December 2013 Sibusiso Vilane was nominated as Chief Scout of SCOUTS South Africa. At his official inauguration on the 15th of March 2014 Chief Scout Sibusiso Vilane motivated all Cubs and Scouts to reach for their dreams and venture out into the world as they are “Limitless!”. 

Chief Commissioner: Dr Brendon Hausberger

Chief Commissioner Dr Brendon HausbergerDr Brendon Hausberger was previously a member of the Executive Committee, of the Revitalisation Steering Committee, of the National Scout Council and was also the Provincial Commissioner for the Gauteng Province.

Professionally he is the CEO of Holland and Hausberger, a South African engineering firm with a particular focus on meeting energy and fuel needs through renewable energy. Contact: cc@scouts.org.za 

Chief Executive Officer:Mrs Milly Siebrits

Milly Siebrits CEO SCOUTS South AfricaMilly Siebrits has been leading the way for SCOUTS South Africa for the past ten years. Initially as the project manager and since 2007 as CEO. She has been instrumental in spearheading the revitalisation of South African Scouting in order to ensure a holistic approach to youth development and to address the current societal and environmental needs. ceo@scouts.org.za  

Governing Board

Acting 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.

Mr Alec Hogg

Mr Alec HoggAlec 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 anchors the Power Lunch television programme on CNBC Africa weekdays and is a sought-after keynote business speaker on investment and global economic affairs. 

Reverend Dr Vukile Mehana

Reverend Dr Vukile MehanaReverend Dr Vukile Mehana is the Chairman of the Management Consulting Firm LRMG Performance Agency with offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He sits as the Non-Executive Director or Chairman on a number of boards. He is also an ordained Minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.

As a young adult Rev Dr Mehana worked as the Scouting Field Development Officer. His dedication and perseverance were inspirational to young Scouts in the Cape Flats in the 1980’s. In 1998 Reverend Dr Mehana joined the hosting Committee of the World Scout Conference hosted in South Africa. Reverend Dr Mehana was the Chief Scout of the South African Scouting Movement from 2005 – 2013 and also served on WOSM’s Sub-Committee on Governance. He led the Movement’s growth and recent restructuring. He has also been instrumental in putting together the current Governing Board. His business career started in Human Resources and Organizational Transformation areas and progressed to strategic positions including being an Acting CEO, of a major Parastatal, Director on Boards of listed and unlisted Companies and Chairman of a number of Companies. 

Dr. Dudley Forde

Dr Dudley Forde 1 webDr R. Dudley Forde served as a teacher at Maritzburg College, a Headmaster at St Andrew’s Welkom, Bellair Primary School, Kingsway High School, Maritzburg College and Durban High School and was Rector at Michaelhouse until 2001 when he retired. He also served as S.E. [M] in the Natal Education Department, lectured at the University of UKZN and assisted as an External Examiner for Rhodes University. He has had several books published on Leadership and Leadership Development and sat on a number of School Boards and Trusts.

Within the Scouting Movement Dr Forde has a great understanding of the Scout philosophy and values, of the power of Baden Powell’s Patrol System, Learning by doing and the value of the voluntary acceptance of a code of conduct. He joined the Movement in 1958. A year later he became Troop Scouter of the Sea Scout Group at 2nd Durban YMCA. In 1962 he became an Assistant District Commissioner in South Durban, was Area Commissioner for KZN Scouting and also an Assistant Deputy Camp Chief and Deputy Camp Chief on the Southern Zone Training Team. He later led the training team in the then Natal Division, he also held National appointments as National Training Commissioner, SAHQ Adult Leader Training Commissioner (two terms) and also Chief Scout’s Commissioner.  Dr Forde was instrumental in designing and initiating the PLTU course which is still being implemented today in various regions. “In a world aware of the importance of value-laden Leadership in so many aspects of our lives, the development of leaders is surely one of Scouting’s greatest potential contributions to society. Well run, a PLTU course can contribute significantly to that ideal. “

For his service to the Scouting Movement he has been awarded with the Medal of Merit, the Long Service Medal, the Order of the Silver Protea and the highest Awards within SCOUTS South Africa, being the Silver Springbok. In April 2011 Dr Forde was named Counsellor of the Order of the Baobab by President Jacob Zuma for his services to Education and Scouting. 

EXCO Members

National NGO & Churches Channel Coordinator: Dr Alison Griffiths

Dr Alison Griffiths iDr Alison Griffiths renowned nationally and internationally as an expert on Sleep Research. She qualified as a medical doctor and then went into lecturing Physiology and into private practice doing sleep medicine.  She obtained her PhD in 2007. She currently works part-time at Wits and runs a company that assists both under graduates and postgraduates during their varsity experience, particularly with research. As a child and a youth she was a Brownie and a Girl Guide.

Dr Griffiths joined the Scout Movement when her oldest daughter started a new girl’s Troop. When their Troop Scouter left she took over and got her Warrant and Wood badge. She acted as the ADC Scout program and in 2001 she started serving as APC Scouts for Gauteng , started new events such as LDC courses and Winter camp. She also acted as CD for Gilten PLTU as well as ran a new PLTU in Limpopo.  “I aim to get more Troops who are on the fringes of the Movement into the mainstream  by helping them to find funding for Scouting. I will strive to arrange partnerships with other NGOs and companies for projects. I would like to get thousands of underprivileged children and adult leaders into Scouting.” 

National Schools Channel Coordinator:

National Property Chairperson: Mr Khonzaphi Mdaka

Exco Khonzaphi MdakaMr Khonzaphi Mdaka graduated at the Madadeni Technical College in Electrical Engineering. After gaining experience within a number of companies, Mr Mdaka joined Halls as an assistant electrician. Due to his hard work, diligence, determination and skills he has risen through the ranks and is currently a Project Manager. The journey wasn’t easy, but the character and ability to overcome challenges is something Mr Mdaka attributes to his life within the Scouting Movement.

Khonzaphi joined Scouting in 1994 at Mataffin. In 2000 Dudley James invited him to join him as a Deputy Provincial Commissioner. In 2002 Khonzaphi became the Provincial Commissioner and Dudley took over as Provincial Chairman. In 2011 he then took over as Provincial Chairman and was elected at the National Scout Council to serve on the EXCO and on Steercom which oversaw the REVIT Programme. “I aim to consolidate the properties within SSA and ensure an effective use and economic return on investment through efficient maintenance programmes and renting out of the properties.”

Marketing Chairperson: Mr Gerhard Sagat

Mr Gerhard Sagat is the Director of Strategy at DDB South Africa and has been in the advertising and marketing industry for many years. He solves business problems most often via creative marketing and communications solutions. He is not a Scout but has been involved in the creation of the new brand SSA has been rolling out. He formerly worked at HAVAS World-Wide who assisted us pro-bono thanks to Gerhard’s support. 

National Youth Progamme Chairperson: Darren Robinson

Exco Darren RobinsonMr Darren Robinson runs an IT Support company in the Randburg area providing IT services to SME organisations. Darren has been married to Heather since 1997 and they have two sons, Bryan (11) and Steven (8). Both boys are members of the movement. Darren enjoys spending time with his family playing tennis, cricket and rugby when not Scouting. Before having children, Darren and Heather were active members in a local dog club for 10 years.

Darren joined the White Horse Cub Pack in 1978 and moved up to the Troop in 1981 until 1988. In 2001 he became Troop Scouter in 2001 and later served as the ADC Scout programme in Randburg District, followed by an appointment as Deputy APC Scout Programme in Gauteng and in 2007 took up the position of APC Scout Programme. In 2010 Darren became the APC Adult leader Training in Gauteng as well as acting Provincial Commissioner while the Provincial Commissioner was out of the country. He serves on the Gilwell estate committee, the Gilten PLTU team, and on the Gauteng Kon-Tiki and Kim Shield committees. “I will strive to facilitate a flow between the 3 Scouting branches and incorporate direction and cohesive leadership to ensure that Scouting programmes are relevant to all Scouts across the country. An equal opportunity to reach a goal needs to be attainable by all irrespective of any mitigating circumstances.”

National Finance Chairperson:

Young Leaders Representative: Mr Henry Sibande

Exco Henry SibandaMr Henry Sibande is currently studying towards a BA psychology degree at the University of Pretoria. In 2010 he represented SCOUTS South Africa in Germany for a period of 3 months. During the 3 months he volunteered for an organization called Aktion Tagwerk, he aided in raising funds for the support of a number of African projects. Additionally he participated in an international training in the south of Germany. In 2012 he spent another six months in Germany through a scholarship that was offered by DAAD to study at the University of Konstanz. He has held several leadership positions outside of Scouting.

Henry joined the Scouting Movement when he was 8 years old and has grown through the ranks to Troop Scouter of 1st E.J Singwane. He participated in a number of camps, hikes and other troop, district and provincial activities. He planned and implemented the Scout “No Smoking”Campaign for the Mpumalanga province and was a representative for SCOUTS South Africa in Germany on numerous occasions. He assisted DPSG and VCP leaders in facilitating camps for German Scouts and attended an International camp called “Imwe”.  “ I will strive to nurture a great team that will devote its precious time to the smooth functioning of all programs and to help groom leaders of good quality.”

National Adult Support Chairperson: Mr Andrew Tanner

Exco Andrew TannerMr Andrew Tanner is a semi-retired Professional Civil Engineer who was a Director of, and specialist consultant to, a leading South African Consulting Practice. He has specialised in integrated water resource planning for shared river basins and leading multidisciplinary Feasibility Studies for large water infrastructure Projects.

Andrew grew up in Scouting as a Cub, Scout, Rover and Venture Scout leader in England. In South Africa he was Group Chairman, TS, and ADC, before devoting his time to Adult Leader training as a Leader Trainer. “In this new position I aim to lead and coordinate the efforts of the Adult Support Team to grow develop and support the adult resources that SSA needs to expand and achieve its Aim. My three priority objectives for the first year are to establish effective and motivated Alumni, Rover, Adult Leader Training and Adult Resources Support Teams, support and guide the development and roll out the new approaches to Adult Leader Training and improve the support available to Adult Leaders.”