Cheryl Carolus is currently Executive Chair of Peotona Group Holdings, a wholly women-owned company with assets in resources and infrastructure feeder industries, powered by a vision to leverage sustainable opportunities for individuals and communities.
Two-thirds of all large investments have been placed in ring-fenced Community Trusts for educational and/or enterprise development. Carolus was active in the struggle for freedom since the age of 13 and had held several leadership positions in the liberation movement of South Africa.
Carolus served in leadership positions alongside Nelson Mandela and was part of the team that negotiated the new South African constitution and the post-apartheid dispensation. Nelson Mandela appointed her as South African High Commissioner to the Court of St James where she served from 1998–2001. As CEO of South African Tourism (2001–2004), Carolus repositioned South Africa as a leading tourism destination and as a major economic sector. She played a key role in the roll-out of the new country Brand for South Africa.
Carolus plays an active role in a number of civil society organisations with a focus on young people at risk, conservation and global conflict.
She's also a board member of Soul City Health Institute, the International Crisis Group and WWF SA and a founding member of her former High Schools Alumnus Society and the Ploughback Movement on the Cape Flats. Carolus chairs the South African Constitution Hill Trust and continues to chair the global board of Gold Fields Limited, a leading international mining company since February 2014.
Carolus served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of South African Airways (Pty) Ltd and was Chairperson of the South African National Parks Board for six years. She also holds non-executive positions on the Boards of De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited, Fenner Conveyor Belting SA (Pty) Limited, IQ Business (Pty) Limited, Investec Ltd and Investec plc.
Carolus has a BA Law degree, Bachelor of Education and Honorary Doctorate in Law (for work in Human Rights) awarded by the University of Cape Town. She's passionate about her family, the arts, hiking, reading and cooking. Carolus has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, learnt to tango in Argentina and did her first solo hanglide in Rio de Janeiro.