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Trustees Of The Trust

Vanessa Gounden


Vanessa Gounden is the Chief Executive Officer of the HolGoun Group as well as the Chairperson of the HolGoun Development Trust. Vanessa was formally the VP Customer Services at South African Airways and GM Human Resources at the National Intelligence Agency. Amongst her many HolGoun Group directorships she also holds a directorship in Samancor and Daly Credit Corporation.
She has been actively involved in community work for many years and sat on the board of the Chatsworth Child & Family Welfare Society. Vanessa holds a B.Tech Honours degree in Human Resources from Pretoria University. Vanessa has
Two children, Lee (24) and Caelyn (21)

Pravin Amar Singh (Max)

Pravin Amar Singh is a registered professional development planner. He has a keen interest in education as a qualified educator in art and adult education. He served as the first chairperson of Education and Training Committee the SA Council for Planners when he was appointed to be on the first Council. Pravin also served for 3 years in the Environmental Standards Generating Body that formulated the first qualifications for environmental management in the country as part of the SA Qualifications Authority. He currently runs his own company consulting in development and environmental planning; project management and training.


Sivi Gounden

Dr Gounden is the Non-Executive Chairman of the HolGoun Group of which he is the founder.  Dr Gounden was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Bateman Engineering N.V., where he was responsible for the listing of Bateman Engineering N.V. on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.  He also has over the last 10 years served as a Non-Executive Director of Optimum Coal, Lonmin Plc, Grindrod Limited and Anglo American SA.  Prior to that, he was the Director-General of the Department of Public Enterprises, where he was responsible for the listing of Telkom SA on the New York Stock Exchange Inc and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.  He presently holds directorships in Samancor, various HolGoun Group of Companies and Daly Credit Corporation. Dr Gounden graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Durban-Westville and holds a Ph.D. degree in engineering from the University of Natal.
Completed 19 Dusi canoe marathons

Caelyn Gounden

Matriculated in 2011 with four distinctions from Crawford College Pretoria. Whilst at Crawford, Caelyn was awarded half colours for academic and senior full colours for Art.
Caelyn is studying a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Politics at the University of Cape Town and is the youngest Trustee and student representative of the HolGoun Development Trust. She is a sport enthusiast and has a black belt in karate. Caelyn is an international model and the face of Vanessa G.