Dr Theuns Eloff
Chair, FW de Klerk Foundation Board of Advisors
Dr Eloff was born in Potchefstroom in 1955 and obtained a Master’s Degree in Theology at Potchefstroom University for CHE. He served for six years as a minister of the Gereformeerde Church in Brooklyn, Pretoria and during this period obtained his Doctorate in Theology.
Following his participation in a meeting with ANC representatives in Dakar in July 1987, he left the ministry and joined the Consultative Business Movement (CBM). After his appointment as Executive Director of the CBM in 1990, he was involved in the process that led to the National Peace Convention and to the National Peace Accord in September, 1991. He later served as the head of the Process and Secretarial Services of the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) and subsequently acted as Head of the Administration of the Multiparty Negotiation Process. In the run-up to the first non-racial national elections in April 1994, Dr Eloff was seconded to the Transitional Executive Council as Deputy Executive Director. In February 1995 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Business Initiative for Growth, Development and Democracy. On 1 January 2002 Dr Eloff was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Rector of his old university, Potchefstroom University for CHE. When the university merged with the University of the North West in Mafeking in 2004 to form Northwest University, Dr Eloff became the new university’s first Vice-Chancellor and Rector. He served in this capacity until 2015. Dr Eloff as appointed as the Executive Director of the FW de Klerk Foundation in 2016 and continued in this role until end May 2019. He was appointed as Chair of the Foundation's Board of Advisors as of 1 June 2019.
Manager, Centre for Constitutional Rights
Ms Christine Botha has a BSc. Medical Sciences degree and an LLB degree. She is an admitted attorney, with prior experience at a commercial law firm. Her areas of expertise include research on constitutional rights-related matters, with a keen interest in aspects impacting on the right to privacy, the rights of refugees, and health-related matters. Ms Botha further co-ordinates the CFCR’s ‘assistance to the public’ programme, which provides advice and assistance to members of the public with queries related to the realisation of their constitutional rights.
Ms Botha was appointed as Legal Officer in 2016, and promoted to Manager of the CFCR as of 1 June 2019.
Legal Assistant, Centre for Constitutional Rights
Ms Rebecca Sibanda has an LL.B and an LL.M in International Law and Human Rights. Her areas of expertise include research on constitutional rights-related matters, with a specific focus on the freedom of expression. Ms Sibanda is one of the contributors to the CFCR’s flagship publication, the annual Human Rights Report Card, and co-ordinates the CFCR’s youth-related activities, including a bi-annual job-shadowing programme for Grade 11 learners interested in a legal career in the non-profit environment.