Rachel (56) has an MEcon and PhD and is a professor in economics at Stellenbosch University. She is a director of Naspers and Econex and chair of the Cape Town Carnival Trust and the Media24 board.
Esmaré (55) obtained the qualifications BCom and BJournalismHons (both cum laude) at Stellenbosch University. She has more than 25 years’ experience as a journalist, political writer and news editor. She was editor-in-chief of Media24’s flagship weekly magazines Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM, before being appointed as chief executive of Media24 in 2011. She is a director of Novus Holdings Limited.
Ruda obtained a BAHons and HED at Stellenbosch University and worked as a journalist for 30 years, 19 of which as copresenter of the M-Net programme Carte Blanche. Since 2007 she has been freelancing in the communications and media field. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Stellenbosch University in 2011 for her work as a journalist.
Salie (73) holds the qualifications BAHons and BEcon from Stellenbosch University and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. During his career with Naspers he served as financial editor and editor of Beeld. He was also the founding editor of Finansies & Tegniek (now Finweek), chief executive of Media24 Magazines and managing director of Media24 from 2000 until his retirement in 2005.
Salie de Swardt
Debra (50) is a professor of biochemistry and executive dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Johannesburg. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Davis, where she obtained a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology. She completed modules in media strategy and academic leadership at Harvard and Gibs (the University of Pretoria’s business school).
Trevor is a chartered accountant with more than 30 years’ experience. He obtained a BComHons degree in financial management from the University of Cape Town in 1987. He was an executive partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. and currently serves on the boards of Mediclinic International PLC, the listed mining company, Petmin Limited, and a number of other corporates.
Hein (59) holds BAHons (cum laude), MA (cum laude), MBL and DLitt degrees. He is currently professor of literature in the Department of Afrikaans at the University of Pretoria. He serves on various national and international subject associations and community organisations.
Jo-Ann obtained a BComLaw degree at Stellenbosch University.
She is a media entrepreneur who also produced and presented her own prime-time television show, Glambition, and is a celebrity advocate for Unicef. She has several enterprises and is a director of Partnership Investments, the Western Cape Board of Ubuntu Botho (part of Sanlam), and serves on the advisory board of the Stellenbosch University Business School and the board of M&C Saatchi Abel.
Jo-Ann Held (née Strauss)
Koos led the founding team of the M-Net/MultiChoice pay- television business in 1985. He was also a founder of MTN. Koos headed the MIH group in its international expansion and entry into the internet until 1997, when he became chief executive of Naspers. On 31 March 2014 he retired as chief executive of Naspers and stepped down from the board. On 17 April 2015 he was reappointed to the Naspers board as non-executive chair, succeeding Ton Vosloo. His qualifications include BAHons and an honorary doctorate in commerce from Stellenbosch University, an LLB (Wits) and an MBA from Columbia University, New York.
Manie is a chartered accountant and holds the qualifications BComptAccHons and BComHons (financial management) from Unisa. He is a former financial director of BP Southern Africa Proprietary Limited. He was appointed as the Media24 director responsible for the finance function in January 2014.