CANSA Board of Directors

CANSA Board of Directors


  • Mr. Bugs Pancha

Board Members:

Non-Executive Directors:

  • Board Chair | Chairpersons Committee Chair: Mr. Derek Foster
  • Vice Board Chair: TBA
  • Audit Committee Chair: Mr. Derek Foster
  • Investment Committee Chair:  TBA
  • Nominations Committee Chair: Mr. Derek Foster
  • Remuneration Committee Chair: Dr. Martin Mandew
  • Research Committee Chair: Prof. Patrick Arbuthnot
  • Social and Ethics Committee Chair: Dr. Rosie Mngqibisa
  • Mr Bothwell A Mazarura
  • The Hon. Mr Justice CJ Claassen

Executive Directors:

  • CEO: Mrs. Elize Joubert
  • CFO: Mr. Rudolf van Jaarsveld

Chairperson Board of Directors & CEO

Mr. Derek Forster: Chairperson BOD

Contact details

Tel: 011-616 7662
Email: Belinda Wessels – ejoubert@cansa.org.za

Ms Elize Joubert: Chief Executive Officer CANSA

Elize Joubert CEO CANSA

Elize Joubert CEO CANSA

CANSA’s current Chief Operations Officer (COO), Elize Joubert, was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on the 25th September 2015. (Elize assumed the position of Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as of 10 February 2014, while continuing to fulfil her role as COO). Read press release…

Elize has been part of CANSA since 1990 and was appointed in 1991 as Provincial Director of CANSA: Free State and Northern Cape. She has contributed significantly to the development and growth of CANSA over the years inter alia by:

  • Writing and composing various National Policy Documents
  • Contributing significantly to the design of the CANSA Business and Operating Models
  • Developing many Manuals and Modules for CANSA Service Delivery & Human Resources Management

Elize has already acted as CEO for CANSA on two prior occasions:

  • October 2001 – February 2002
  • November 2005 – May 2006

She was elected in 2007 to serve on the first Operational Executive Committee to assist the CEO with day-to-day operational management and was appointed as Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Executive Director of the CANSA Board in September 2008.

Elize has all the experience and strength in terms of qualities and leadership to ensure that CANSA remains steadfast, continues to grow service delivery, strengthens volunteer numbers, as well as enhances CANSA’s partnerships.

Career Highlights:

  • Received a merit award and special merit promotion to Chief Community Liaison Officer in 1989 during her appointment in the National Department of Health.
  • Represented CANSA at first, second, fourth and seventh International Conferences for Cancer Organisations, respectively held in Melbourne 1996, Atlanta 1999, Ireland 2004 and Canada in 2011. Delivered papers on Care and Support Service aspects of CANSA at the conferences.
  • Organised the first international Union against Cancer (UICC) Conference, which was hosted by CANSA in 1999, and was attended by 13 countries.
  • Appointed by UICC to serve as a UICC Copes representative for Africa for many years.
  • Was appointed in 2002 by the Free State MEC for Health in a personal capacity for a 5 year term as a member of the Provincial Health Advisory Board.
  • Was appointed by the Free State Department of Health to serve as a member of their Steering Committee to develop a holistic Community Home Based Care Model for the Free State.
  • Served over the years on many forums and task teams per invitation and election of the Department of Health and Department of Social Development in the Free State as well as on various NGO Forums.
  • Received acknowledgement from the National Minister of Welfare for this initiative and contribution to better relationships between Private Welfare and the Provincial Welfare Department in the Free State.
  • Serves on the Executive Director of CANSA Board of Directors since 2008.
  • Serves on the Executive Committees of the Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance of SA since 2014.
  • Currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Cancer Alliance of SA since 2014.
  • Won two awards on Tuesday 28 July, in the 2015 Africa’s Most Influential Women (MIW) in Business & Government Awards: ‘Country Winner for South Africa’ & Winner for ‘SADC South Region’ (Category: ‘Welfare and Civil Society Organisations’)
  • Appointed as CANSA’s Chief Executive Officer 25th September 2015.
  • 9 November 2015: announced as the African Continental Winner for Welfare and Civil Society Organisations at the 2015 Africa’s Most Influential Women (MIW) in Business and Government Awards.

View full Profile (updated July 2015)

Contact details

Tel: 011-616 7662
Email: Belinda Wessels – ejoubert@cansa.org.za


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