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Date of birth: 
30 October 1948

BA (SocSci), UNIN; Programme in Strategic Transformation, Graduate School of Business (Stellenbosch)



  • Independent non-executive director of Altron
  • Chairperson of the Altron social and ethics committee
  • Member of the Altron risk management committee


Dawn is one of South Africa's leading managers and businesswomen, with a highly successful and pioneering career spanning the public, private and parastatal sectors. Her talents and accomplishments were recognised in particular by her appointment as the first black woman to the management board of Eskom, as executive director in charge of growth and development. Prior to this, Dawn worked as a senior manager and senior general manager (human resources) for Eskom and as senior divisional health education manager for the Anglo American Corporation.

Dawn's talents and achievements have been widely recognised and acclaimed both locally and offshore. In 1993, she received the prestigious South African Businesswoman of the Year award. In 1994, she was honoured with an invitation to serve as one of the independent electoral commissioners who supervised the country's first democratic elections. In 1995, she was invited by the Minister of Safety and Security to serve as chairman of the high-powered promotions committee for the South African Police Service. In 1996, Dawn was nominated as the chairman of the UN Special Committee of Experts appointed to address the global issue of women and senior economic decision-making.

Her current board memberships include Engen Limited, Wesizwe Platinum Limited, Partnership Investments (Pty) Ltd, Sabvest (Pty) Ltd and Cricket South Africa (CSA).

Dawn was previously a non-executive director of Massmart Holdings Limited.


Joined the Altron board in 2008.