THE Racing Association has announced the appointment of two new members to its board, namely Garth Towell and Mapula Sambo. They were co-opted by the current directors and were introduced by current and previous directors on the basis that they could provide valuable assistance to the board at this time.

Garth Towell completed a B.Comm LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1993, and joined FTSE 100 listed CPG company Kimberly-Clark, holding numerous senior management and executive positions in South Africa and the United Kingdom, with responsibilities across the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa (MEA) region, culminating in the Managing Director role for subSaharan Africa from 2008-2013.

He contested the 2014 South African national general election with a newly formed political party, Agang-SA, winning two seats in the National Assembly.

Garth subsequently joined the Ethos Private Equity Group in 2014, completing the acquisition of a number of CPG companies and successfully leading to the establishment, integration and operation of the Twinsaver Group. He has recently completed a 3-year contract as Group Chief Executive Officer.

He is a former Board member of the South African American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), Vice -chair of the South African Paper Manufacturers Association (PAMSA) and current Board member of the South African Institute of Race Relations

Garth has been a member of the Racing Association for over a decade and has horses in training with the Sean Tarry yard.

Mapula Sambo is a Masters’ in Business Administration (MBA) graduate, a seasoned entrepreneur with a broad proficiency in business management and operations management.

Her other areas of experience are in estate agency management, education, financial management and internal auditing.

Mapula is a colour holder and has an interest in a syndicate in the Mike de Kock Racing Stable.

Besides serving on the RA Board, Mapula will also serve on Sales, Marketing and Racing Operations as well as the Finance, Audit and Risk Committees. She is described as a visionary and planner, and a Creative and innovative leader. -RA Media Release.


  1. God help us. The last visionary launched into the racing sphere was Lyndon Barends. Another question is why her very high profile Gambling board husband is not mentioned.


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