This is SANBI

The South African National Biodiversity Institute was established on 1 September 2004 through the signing into force of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 by President Thabo Mbeki.

The Act expanded the mandate of SANBI's forerunner, the National Botanical Institute to include responsibilities relating to the full diversity of South Africa's fauna and flora, and built on the internationally respected programmes in conservation, research, education and visitor services developed over the past century by the National Botanical Institute.

More about Biodiversity and the SANBI Mandate


To be the leading institution in biodiversity science in Africa, facilitating conservation, sustainable use of living resources, and human wellbeing.


To promote the sustainable use, conservation, appreciation and enjoyment of the exceptionally rich biodiversity of South Africa, for the benefit of all people.

SANBI Corporate Strategic Plan (CSP) 2005-2009

Business Plans 2005-2006

Bioregional programmes, policy and planning services
Greening and Education
Human Resources

Executive of SANBI

Prof B J Huntley
Acting Chief Executive
Mr Sunjit Singh
Director: Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Mr Christopher Willis
Chief Director: Gardens &
Horticultural Services

Mr Philip le Roux
Curator: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Post Vacant
Director: Marketing
Ms Kristal Maze
Director: Biodiversity Policy and Action Planning

Dr John Donaldson
Director: Kirstenbosch Research Centre

Prof Gideon Smith
Chief Director: Research and Scientific Services

Mr Maano Netshiombo
Chief Director: Human Resources

Dr Maureen Wolfson
Director: Research
Services and Scientific Services


Ms Malta Qwathekane
Director: Education

SANBI Board Members 2004-2006

Ms Bongiwe Njobe, Corporate affairs Director, South African Breweries (Chairperson)

Prof Steven Chown, Professor of Zoology and Entomology, University of Stellenbosch
Mr Saliem Fakir, Country Programme Director, South Africa, IUCN (World Conservation Union)
Dr Patricia Hanekom, CEO, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and Dinokeng Blue IQ Projects, Gauteng Province
Dr David Mabunda, CEO, South African National Parks
Dr Monde Mayekiso, DDG in MCM,Dept of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
Mr Fundisile Mketeni, Deputy Director General: Biodiversity and Conservation
Ms Marjorie Pyoos, Chief Director, Department of Science and Technology
Mr Theunissen (Ton) Vosloo, Non-executive Chairman, Naspers

SANBI Annual Reports

Annual Report 2004-2005

For details on Working for SANBI, Vacant Posts, Study and Volunteer Opportunities, please see Associating with SANBI.

Enquiries for information not found on this website or should be directed to:

For formal enquiries in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act see SANBI PAIA Manual. For Afrikaans and Xhosa versions of the PAIA Manual, forms and pricing structures Tel: 021 799 8766 or email

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