2 August 2017


It is with much sadness that the Order announces the Chief Executive Officer of Priory for South Africa, Mr Craig Troeberg died on Friday 14th July 2017.


Craig Troeberg became the CEO of the Priory for South Africa in November 1997 after a distinguished business career of some 37 years with Ernst and Young.


In this appointment he made remarkable contributions to the development of St John in South Africa by adopting a devoted, zealous and successful leadership and work ethos.


For 20 years he worked hard to ensure St John South Africa would be able to contribute significantly to the health of the economically disadvantaged that were unable to afford the critical treatment of disease in South Africa.


His leadership and drive were particularly significant when the government of the time refused to take action against the immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV-AIDS) which was then sweeping South Africa and stimulating the spread of tuberculosis and other serious infectious diseases.


Together with the Prior, Ian Crowther, St John South Africa gained recognition as a dynamic contributor to the field of social development and health.


It would be unfair to credit only one person with all the developments and improvements in South Africa. Nevertheless, the changes depended very definitely on the drive and motivation of the first full-time CEO in South Africa and his organisational skills.


On Tuesday 25 July, the Lord Prior, Sir Malcolm Ross, representing the Grand Prior, HRH the Duke of Gloucester, attended the funeral of Mr Troeberg. The funeral, which took place in Johannesburg in the morning, was also attended by the Secretary General of the Order, Sir Paul Lambert, and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the former Prior of the Priory for South Africa.


The great officers, the Secretary-General and the staff at the International Office in London extend their sincere condolences to his family friends at this very sad time.



Taken from a tribute for Craig Troeberg on the occcasion of his Funeral written by Brig. Gen Deon Fourie SD SM* MMM JCD KStJ