Theo Botha

Theophilous James Bennett Botha
Born (1960-03-01) 1 March 1960 (age 61)
Occupation self-employed
South African activist

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Theophilous James Bennett “Theo” Botha (born 1 March 1960) is a South Africanshareholder activist.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] He has queried many companies in the area of good corporate governance,[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]ethics,[17][18][19][20] executive compensation,[21][22][23] environmental practices[24] and Black Economic Empowerment.[25][26][27] He has also criticized South African corporate governance guidelines as too lenient.[28]

Theo Botha first decided to pursue shareholder activism after an investment in a small life insurance company (The Sage Group).[29] The company was making huge losses in the United States that it refused to disclose to the South African shareholders.[6]

In a press interview it was found that “Botha doesn’t appear to be making money off this enterprise; in most instances he buys only one share.”[7]

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Botha’s usual approach is not unlike his first encounter with Sage in which all he did was pose a few questions which usually make the companies in question edgy.[citation needed] He spends time going through company financial reports to note discrepancies which he will use to compile his questions which he asks during company AGM’s.[citation needed]

The South African companies Botha has confronted include The Sage Group,[29]Sappi,[30][31]Absa,[32][33]Sasol,[34][35]SABMiller,[36][37]Pick n Pay Stores,[23][38]Tiger Brands,[39]Avusa,[40]Anglo Platinum,[17][41][42]Pretoria Portland Cement Company,[16][24]Mutual & Federal,[21]Bidvest,[11][12][27]Wesizwe Platinum,[43] and Liberty Holdings Limited.[44]

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