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Dr Theuns Eloff

theuns eloffExecutive Director, FW de Klerk Foundation

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 was appointed as the Executive Director of the FW de Klerk Foundation in 2016. 

Areas of expertise:

  • Current challenges:
    Education, unemployment, inequality

Phephelaphi Dube

PD DIRECTORDirector, Centre for Constitutional Rights

Ms Dube holds the LL.B degree from the University of Fort Hare, an LL.M degree from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as a Diploma in European Studies from the University of Vienna. She completed her articles at the Rhodes University Legal Aid Clinic in 2006 and gained international experience as a clerk for the Vice President of the International Criminal Court. Upon her return to South Africa in 2007, Ms Dube held a two-year research assistantship at the University of Stellenbosch's South African Research Chair in property law. During the same period she also conducted research in property law at the University of Kent at Canterbury.  

Before joining the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) in January 2014, Ms Dube held a Research Fellowship specialising in human rights at the Ludwig Boltzman Institute for Human Rights at the University of Vienna. 

Areas of expertise:

  • General constitutional issues, with a particular focus on property rights, human rights and international law

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