Board of Directors
Dr Jacobus Phillipus Snyman (Dr Phillip)
- Independent: Non-Executive Chairman
- Committees: Audit and Risk; Remuneration; Investments and Nominations
Dr Phillip has practised as a private dental practitioner in Rustenburg since qualifying as a dentist in 1977. Since 1978, he has served on the boards of various companies involved in both the medical and property industries, such as Peglerae Investments (Director and Chairman); Peglerae Hospital (Director); Rustenburg Hospital Properties (Director); Rustkor Investments (Executive Director and Chairman) and Rustkor Properties (Executive Director).
FRANCOIS JAKOBUS JOUBERT MARAIS (Francois)
- Chief Executive Officer
- Committees: Social and Ethics, Investments and Executive
Francois has been practising as an architect since 1965 and has been involved with project implementation and management in the property industry in the categories of educational institutions, health facilities, and all facets of commercial projects. In 1990, he launched a division for project development. As a property developer, he has completed a private hospital, office buildings and residential units. Since 1995, Francois has focused on retail development and has been involved in the implementation of commercial projects to the value of approximately R2 billion so far. He has extensive experience in the initiation and financial implementation of property developments and, ultimately, the establishment of these developed properties as sought-after investment assets.
Francois, being one of the founding members of Safari, led the company as the CEO since incorporation.
KYRIACOS PASHIOU (Kiki)
- Executive Operational Director
- Committees: Executive and Investments
Kiki is the CEO of Pace Construction Proprietary Limited (“Pace”). He has a wealth of experience and knowledge of all facets of the construction industry, and has been involved in the construction of shopping centres, high-rise residential apartments, higher educational facilities, light and heavy industrial buildings, commercial buildings, food processing plants, recreational facilities, filling stations, hospitals and laboratories.
Large portions of Pace’s developments consisted of apartment blocks for the sectional title market and office blocks for investment purposes. In 1995, he became an integral part of the SAFARI Group and co-developed shopping centres in Gauteng and North-West Province.
FAITH NONDUMISO KHANYILE (Faith)
- Independent: Non-Executive
- Committees: Audit and Risk and Social and Ethics
Faith is currently the CEO of WDB Investment Holdings. Before assuming this role in late 2013, she worked for Standard Bank in its Corporate and Investment Bank division (“CIB”) for 12 years, the last six years of which as Head of Corporate Banking. Faith held other senior positions in Standard Bank, including Head of Trade Finance and Services, and was a Director in the Structured Debt Finance Division of CIB. Faith was a member of the CIB Executive Committee and Credit Committee. She also served on the CIB Transformation Steering Committee and the CIB Women’s Forum.
Her academic qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Economics (cum laude) from Wheaton College, Norton, MA, USA, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA)-Finance, from Bentley Graduate School of Business, Waltham, MA, USA. She also has an HDip Tax from RAU University and completed an Executive Leadership programme at Columbia University (New York) in 2007.
ALLAN EDWARD WENTZEL (Allan)
- Lead Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Audit and Risk Committee
- Committees: Audit and Risk, Nominations, Remuneration and Social and Ethics
Allan is a qualified chartered accountant and has acted in various positions in the field of commerce since 1975, at which time he was the Chief Executive of African Bank Ltd, the only black-owned bank in South Africa at the time. He has since practised as a consulting chartered accountant, acting mainly in the non-profit and BEE sectors. Allan is a director of Transfer Administrators Proprietary Limited, a company that provides management advice in the non-profit and BEE sectors, and of KP Fiduciary Solutions, which specialises in deceased estate planning, administers trusts and executes estates.
His achievements include: the formation of African Bank Limited, the formation of CDT Foundation NPC, which provides loans to Christian churches and organisations, and the listing of the first black-owned group on the JSE, formerly known as Kilimanjaro Investments Limited (the group subsequently delisted from the JSE). He was the first lay person to head the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa; and was Vice Chairman of the investment Committee of the Council for World Mission in London, with over £100 million under management.
DR MARK MINNAAR (Mark)
- Independent: Non-Executive
- Committees: Nominations, Remuneration, Audit and Risk and Investments
Mark qualified as a medical doctor in 1991 and furthered his studies with a postgraduate diploma in Anaesthetics in 1994. He obtained his degree as a specialist ophthalmologist in 2001 from the South African Fellowship of Surgeons. Mark joined the Pretoria Eye Institute in 2001 and was elected to the board of the Pretoria Eye Institute in 2005. In 2006 he was part of a team from CSIR, the Pretoria Eye Institute and the Wits Health Consortium that developed, patented and marketed the EyebornHydroxyapatite orbital implant. In 2007 he was elected as managing director of the Pretoria Eye Institute, a role that he fulfilled until December 2010. He was the financial director of the Pretoria Eye Institute from 2010 to 2012. He was a co-founder of and served as the managing director on the boards of the following property investment companies until 2014: ShanikeInvestments Proprietary Limited, Pretoria Eye Institute Investments, LaritzaInvestments No 171.
Stephanus Johannes Kruger (Fanus)
- Non-executive alternate Director
Fanus is a Certified Financial Planner (“CFP®”) and has been in the financial services industry for 23 years. After completing a BCom degree, he co-founded De Wet De Villiers Financial Services. He currently heads Fanus Kruger Consulting CC in Rustenburg and also serves on the board of Burrie Smit Developments Proprietary Limited. Fanus has been involved in various successful property developments in Rustenburg, Pretoria and Sebokeng, and is currently involved in a rural development project in Rustenburg comprising 360 stands.
Willem LinstromVenter (Willem)
- Executive Financial Director
Willem was appointed as Financial Director of Safari effective 1 April 2017.He was previously the head of Cosmos Management the entity who renders property portfolio and financial management services for the entire Safari portfolio of assets. He obtained a “BCom Accounting & Honours” degree at Tuks(2003–2006) and completed his articles at Deloitte Pretoria and qualified as a CA(SA) in 2009.