Our Trustees

SAFT operates with an independent Board of Trustees which currently consists of three individuals but which will ultimately grow to consist of four independent Trustees and one appointed by the Oppenheimer family. 

The Trustees are responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of SAFT. They meet regularly to discuss and review our strategies, policies and operations, giving their time and support voluntarily to make sure we’re doing all we can to support SMMEs during this time of crisis. 

Our Trustees

SAFT operates with an independent Board of Trustees which currently consists of three individuals but which will ultimately grow to consist of four independent Trustees and one appointed by the Oppenheimer family.

The Trustees are responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of SAFT. They meet regularly to discuss and review our strategies, policies and operations, giving their time and support voluntarily to make sure we’re doing all we can to support SMMEs during this time of crisis. 

JEO (Cropped)
Jonathan Oppenheimer
Trustee
Thandi Orleyn (Cropped)
Thandi Orleyn
Trustee
Barend Peterson (Cropped)
Barend Petersen
Trustee
JEO (Cropped)
JOnathan Oppenheimer

Jonathan Oppenheimer is a South African businessman and philanthropist. He began his career at NM Rothschild & Sons, before moving to Anglo American and subsequently De Beers, where he held a number of senior management roles in Southern Africa and London over two decades.

As Executive Chairman of Oppenheimer Generations, Jonathan is actively involved in all aspects of the family’s private, commercial, and thought leadership activities, including:

  • Oppenheimer Partners, a global investment group with a focus on building a long-term portfolio of businesses by deploying permanent capital, building on the Oppenheimer family’s legacy and commitment towards making a meaningful and positive impact on society.
  • The Brenthurst Foundation, a Johannesburg-based think tank which examines ways to strengthen Africa’s sustainable economic performance.
  • Through Tswalu Kalahari, Fireblade Aviation, and a joint venture with South African Michelin-starred chef Jan Hendrik – providing world-class services to clients and strengthening South Africa’s image globally.
  • The Oppenheimer Generation Foundation, a philanthropic initiative focused on generating positive impact by unlocking catalytic grants in underfunded areas.

In January 2018, Jonathan joined the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP).  CEIP is the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States and is committed to advancing the cause of peace through its global network of policy research centres.

Thandi Orleyn

Thandi is married with 3 adult children and 1 granddaughter. She is a Human Rights activist whose career of over 35 years spans the roles of attorney, mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, dispute resolution practitioner, public speaker, executive management and director of companies.

She holds a B Juris degree from Fort Hare University, B Proc and LLB degrees from UNISA and LLM degree from Wits. She is presently an admitted advocate, shareholder and executive director of Peotona Group Holdings, Trustee of various Trusts notably Chair of the De Beers Fund, Legal Resources Trust and Zenex Foundation and Director of a number of boards including Chair of BP Southern Africa.

Thandi Orleyn (Cropped)
Thandi Orleyn (Cropped)
Thandi Orleyn

Thandi is married with 3 adult children and 1 granddaughter. She is a Human Rights activist whose career of over 35 years spans the roles of attorney, mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, dispute resolution practitioner, public speaker, executive management and director of companies.

She holds a B Juris degree from Fort Hare University, B Proc and LLB degrees from UNISA and LLM degree from Wits. She is presently an admitted advocate, shareholder and executive director of Peotona Group Holdings, Trustee of various Trusts notably Chair of the De Beers Fund, Legal Resources Trust and Zenex Foundation and Director of a number of boards including Chair of BP Southern Africa.

Barend Peterson (Cropped)
Barend petersen

Mr. B Petersen, a chartered accountant with broad global experience.  He is the Executive Chairman of De Beers Consolidated Mines, Chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee and a director of De Beers plc.

He is the founder and Chairman of Macrovest Capital, an industrial investment company in the manufacturing, logistics and oil industry. Barend is a director of several companies, including Ponahalo, a member of the Advisory Committee of Anglo American SA and a member of the Board of the Minerals Council of South Africa.