The most important player in building an ethical organisational culture is:
Board of Directors
Executive Management
Ethics Office
Internal Audit






Who are we
The Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA) is a non-profit, public benefit organisation. It was incorporated in September 1999 and commenced operations in August 2000. The idea of the ethics centre originated with the South African Medical Association, and resulted in a feasibility study in the late 1900s conducted by the US-based Ethics Resource Centre, an independent, non-profit ethics research facility of long standing. The study identified significant support for an independent organisation serving as an ethics resource.
EthicsSA started its operations with a generous grant from The Merck Company Foundation, the social responsibility arm of Merck & Co., Inc. After a decade, this grant came to an end in 2010. EthicsSA now sustains its operations by the income it generates through the training and services it offers to organisations in the public and private sectors, as well as to professional associations and their members.

"Building an ethically responsible society."
We achieve our vision by forming partnerships with the public and private sectors, and the professions.
We serve as a resource through our thought leadership, research, training, support, assessment and certification activities.
Our convictions
Everything we do is informed by our core convictions:
  • We make a meaningful difference
  • We build trusting relationships
  • We enjoy working together.

In short: At EthicsSA, we find meaning and joy in what we do.

Board of Directors

Mr Colin Beggs

Board of Directors of: Barclays Africa Group Ltd, ABSA Bank Ltd and Sasol Ltd

Prof Willem A Landman

Executive Director: Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA)

Ms Berénice L Marais

Group Manager: CSIR Strategic Contract Research & Development Africa Regional Focal Point: World Association of Industrial and Technology Research Organisations (WAITRO)

Prof Gedeon J Rossouw CEO: Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA)
Mr Mohamed Adam Corporate Counsel/Divisional Executive (Regulation and Legal): Eskom
Prof Piet Naude Deputy Chief Chancellor: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)
Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu Director of Companies
Imogen Mkhize Non-Executive Director of a number of companies including Sasol Ltd and Mondi Group.

Prof Anton A van Niekerk

Chairperson, Professor of Philosophy and Director: Centre for Applied Ethics, University of Stellenbosch

EthicsSA is governed by a board of directors, consisting of prominent persons committed to promoting ethical responsibility. They serve on a pro bono basis and are compensated only for direct expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The board provides strategic direction to EthicsSA and fulfils an oversight function with regards to resources, staff and activities.
The board is also responsible for ensuring that EthicsSA complies with all laws and regulations applicable to non-profit organisations in South Africa.


Deon Rossouw

Deon Rossouw, CEO with effect from 1 January 2011, has had a distinguished academic career at the Universities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, at both of which he was chair of the Department of Philosophy. He has published several books. At the University of Pretoria, Deon was director of the Centre for Business and professional Ethics. More
Kris Dobie
Kris Dobie joined EthicsSA in September 2007 as Manager: Organisational Ethics Development. His main focus is corruption prevention where he has been involved in policy-, training-, and resource development for both the public and private sectors. More
Liezl Groenewald

Liezl Groenewald joined the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicSA) in May 2008 as Manager: Organisational Ethics Development. She came from the South African Revenue Service where she was responsible for establishing the Ethics and Integrity Office in 2004. More

Annelize Worst
Annelize Worst started at EthicsSA in April 2001 as Office Manager. Today, she fills her position as Financial Manager, assisting with invoices, book keeping, payments, budgeting and all other financial related tasks.
Mandy Thackwray
Mandy Thackwray joined EthicsSA in February 2005 as Communications Manager and Training Coordinator. Mandy has a Diploma: Public Relations. She obtained credits for business short courses at the Marymount Manhattan College, NY, USA.
Rebecca Motale
Rebecca Motale started as Administration Assistant in August 2007.  Rebecca assists with the answering of the switchboard, filing and administration, training manual compilation, call centre administration and other relevant tasks. 
Sofie Geerts
Sofie Geerts joined EthicsSA in September 2009 as project consultant to manage the different projects of EthicsSA in Africa. She has a Masters degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Antwerp, as well as a Masters Degree in African Languages and Cultures from the University of Gent. More

Dantia Richards

Dantia Richards commenced employment at EthicsSA in September 2012 as Office Manager. She has vast experience in Public Service asset management, supply chain and contract management, and served as the Head of Corporate Services for a group of privately owned companies. She also provides management support to the CEO of EthicsSA. 
Janette Minnaar
Janette Minnaar obtained a BLC and LLB in law from the University of Pretoria, after which she completed her doctoral studies. She has PhD in Criminal Law, was a Director of a private company, and is currently a Contractor of the Ethics Institute of South Africa. More
Phindile Twala Phindile Twala joined the EthicsSA in January 2014 as an Ethics and Anti-Corruption Specialist. She is currently studying towards an MPhil in Development Finance with the University of Stellenbosch and holds an Honours and Bachelor’s degree in Public Governance and Management from the University of Johannesburg. She started her career with Standard Bank Insurance Services. She then joined the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) where she was appointed Deputy Manager: Governance and Service Delivery. She was responsible for ethics management and facilitating compliance with the Minimum Anti-Corruption Capacity requirements.

EthicsSA is a not-for-profit organisation receiving its income from a series of sources:


  • EthicsSA was started through a substantial founding grant from the Merck Company Foundation - with the intention that EthicsSA will become self-sustaining through other income streams in the longer term. This grant will taper off and come to an end in 2010.

  • EthicsSA is seeking to secure further grant funding for various ethics capacity building initiatives.

Find out more about: The Merck Company Foundation.

Donor funding
  • We increasingly receive funding from international donors for ethics related projects in South African and on the rest of the continent.
  • EthicsSA offers both individuals and organisations membership at the cost of an annual subscription fee.

To find out more about membership and the benefits thereof, please click here

  • EthicsSA offers organisations a number of consultancy services to assist them with implementing Ethics Programmes. Click here for more

  • Periodically EthicsSA presents ethics training courses to the public and private sectors.

For an overview of our current range of ethics training services, please click here