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RACHEL JAFTA   STEVE PACAK   SALIE DE SWARDT
Rachel Jafta (53), MEcon and PhD, is a professor in economics at Stellenbosch University. She joined Naspers as a director in 2003 and was appointed a director of Media24 in 2007. She is a member of the South African Economic Society, director of Econex, chair of the CapeTown Carnival Trust and board member of the South African Institute of Race Relations. She is a member of the human resources and remuneration committee of Media24 and chair of the nomination committee of Media24. She was appointed chair of the Media24 board in April 2013.   Steve Pacak (59), a chartered accountant (SA), began his career with Naspers at M-Net in 1988 and has held various executive positions in the Naspers group. He is a director of Media24 and MultiChoice South Africa Holdings and other companies in the wider Naspers group. He was appointed an executive director of Naspers in 1998.   Salie de Swardt (70) 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. He is a director of Paarl Media Group and was appointed chair of the Media24 audit and risk committees in April 2013.
RUSSEL BOTMAN   RUDA LANDMAN   DEBRA MEYER
Russel Botman (60) holds the qualifications BA, MTh and DTh. He is chair of the Klein-Karoo National Arts Festival and member of the executive committee of Higher Education South Africa and vice-president of the Association of African Universities. He is also a member of Media24’s safety, health and environment committee. He serves as chair of the CapeTown World Design Capital 2014 board, and president of the Academic Consortium for 21st Century. He was appointed rector and vice-chancellor of Stellenbosch University in 2007, and was reappointed for a second term in 2012. On 28 June 2014 Prof Botman sadly passed away.   Ruda Landman (60) studied at Stellenbosch University and worked as a journalist for 30 years, the last 19 of which were spent as co-presenter of the M-Net programme, Carte Blanche. Since leaving Carte Blanche in 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. She is chair of the Media24 safety, health and environment committee, as well as the human resources and remuneration committee and also a member of the nomination committee.   Debra Meyer (47) is a professor of biochemistry and currently heads this department at the University of Pretoria. She was a Fulbright Scholar at UC Davis (University of California) where she obtained a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology. She has completed modules in media strategy and academic leadership at Harvard and Gibs (University of Pretoria) and makes regular contributions to several newspapers and magazines. She serves as trustee or board member of several organisations including Dagbreektrust, Naspers and the council of North-West University.
HEIN WILLEMSE   NEIL VAN HEERDEN   LOURENS JONKER
Hein Willemse (56) holds an MA (cum laude), MBL and DLitt degrees. He is currently a professor of literature in the Department of Afrikaans at the University of Pretoria. He is a board member or trustee of various national and international subject associations or community organisations.   Neil van Heerden (75), who holds a BA qualification, is a trustee of the University of the Western Cape, former director-general of foreign affairs, ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, ambassador to the European Union and former executive director of the South Africa Foundation (now South Africa Business Leadership). He is also a director of other companies.   Lourens Jonker (75) obtained the qualification BScAgric with further studies at UC Davis (University of California). He has completed programmes for director development at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland and Gibs (University of Pretoria). He is the owner of Weltevrede Wine Estate. He joined the board of KWV Cooperative in 1981 and became chair of KWV Group Limited in 1994. He led the successful transformation of KWV from a cooperative to a fully commercialised company. He resigned from the KWV board in December 2003.
JO-ANN HELD   ESMARÉ WEIDEMAN   MANIE MAYMAN
Jo-Ann Held (33) obtained a BCom(Law) degree at Stellenbosch University. Jo-Ann is a media entrepreneur who, among others, presents and has produced her own prime-time television show. She also has several corporate enterprises and is a director of Partnership Investments, a company with interests in media, mining and property. She also serves on the Western Cape Board of Ubuntu Botho (part of Sanlam) and the board of M&C Saatchi Abel.   Esmaré Weideman (52) obtained the qualifications BCom and BJournalismHons (both cum laude) at Stellenbosch University. She worked as a journalist, copy editor and editor for some of the country’s best-known brands before being appointed editor-in-chief of the top weekly magazine titles HUISgenoot,YOU and DRUM, a position she held for nearly 10 years. She became chief executive of Media24 in 2011. She is a director of Paarl Media Group.   Abduraghman (Manie) Mayman (59) is a chartered accountant and holds the qualifications Bachelor of Accounting Science (BCompt), Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science (BComptHons) and Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Management from Unisa. He is a former financial director of BP Southern Africa Proprietary Limited. In September 2007 he was appointed as chief financial officer of Media24. He left the company and returned in 2011 as chief financial officer for Media24 Newspapers. In January 2014 he was appointed as the Media24 director responsible for the finance function.

Directors and attendance at meetings

  Date first appointed in current position Date last appointed Four board
meetings held
during the year. Attendance:
Category
R C C Jafta 9 February 2007 2 September 2013 4 Independent non-executive
T Vosloo* 14 September 2006 2 September 2013 4 Independent non-executive
J J M van Zyl* 14 September 2006 3 September 2012 4 Independent non-executive
S J Z Pacak 1 April 2009 16 September 2011 4 Non-executive
H R BotmanΔ 14 September 2006 16 September 2011 3 Independent non-executive
G M Landman 14 September 2006 2 September 2013 4 Independent non-executive
L P Retief** 14 September 2006 3 September 2012 3 Non-executive
S S de Swardt 14 September 2006 16 September 2011 4 Independent non-executive
J P Bekker*** 1 April 2008 2 September 2013 4 Non-executive
J J Pieterse* 1 May 2010 22 September 2010 4 Executive
E Weideman 1 July 2011 16 September 2011 4 Executive
D Meyer^ 1 April 2013 1 April 2013 4 Independent non-executive
L N Jonker^^ 21 November 2013 21 November 2013 1 Independent non-executive
N P van Heerden^^ 21 November 2013 21 November 2013 1 Independent non-executive
H S S Willemse^^ 21 November 2013 21 November 2013 1 Independent non-executive
J C Held^^^ 1 January 2014 1 January 2014 1 Independent non-executive
A Mayman^^^ 1 January 2014 1 January 2014 1 Executive
Notes    
* Resigned 21 November 2013 ^ Appointed 1 April 2013
** Resigned 31 October 2013 ^^ Appointed 21 November 2013
*** Resigned 31 March 2014 ^^^ Appointed 1 January 2014
Δ Deceased 28 June 2014    

Committees and attendance

  Executive
committee
Human
resources and
remuneration
committee1
Nomination
committee1
Safety,
health and
environment
committee1
Audit
committee1
Risk
committee
No meetings
held during
the year.
Four meetings
held during the year.
Attendance:
Two meetings
held during
the year.
Attendance:
Five meetings
held during the year.
Attendance:
T Vosloo* 4 4     5 5
J J M van Zyl* 4 4     5 5
R C C Jafta² 3 3     1 1
S S de Swardt             5 5
J P Bekker**                    
S J Z Pacak                    
G M Landman^ 0 0 2        
L P Retief***             1        
L N Jonker^             2 1 1
H S S Willemse^             2        
H R BotmanΔ             2        
E Weideman                 5
J J Pieterse*                 03
D Meyer^^             0        
N P van Heerden^     0 0            
J C Held^^^                 0 0
A Mayman^^^                 1
Notes
= member
1 Executive director(s) attend by invitation
2 R C C Jafta was succeeded by S S de Swardt as chair and member of the audit and risk committees on 17 April 2013
3 O Lalbahadur attended all risk meetings in his capacity as acting group CFO in place of J J Pieterse
Additional notes    
* Resigned 21 November 2013 ^ Appointed 21 November 2013. G M Landman became a committee member on 21 November 2013
** Resigned 31 March 2014 ^^ Appointed as a director on 1 April 2013 and as a committee member on 21 November 2013
*** Resigned 31 October 2013 ^^^ Appointed as a director on 1 January 2014
Δ Deceased 28 June 2014