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BOARD OF NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
Rex van Schalkwyk
is a former judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa and is the chairman of the Free Market Foundation’s Rule of Law Board of Advisers. Rex is the author of three books. The first is a novel. The second, One miracle is not enough, (1998), deals with the failures then already evident in the South African democracy. The third, Panic for democracy, (2009), deals with the equivalent failures evident for many years in the democracy of the United States.
studied at UCT where he obtained a BSc. Eng. (Mech) and an MBA. He was involved in the supply of equipment and project management services to the iron and steel industries. In 1986 he joined Standard Bank’s Project Finance Division and was appointed Director project Finance in 1991. In 1997 he was appointed to head up their Specialised Finance Division at Nedbank. Since 2007 has been pursuing personal interests and has been associated with the Free Market Foundation since 2010.
Gail Daus van Wyk
studied English and Psychology at Unisa and has Business Management diploma from Damelin College. Gail has been involved in fund raising and project management for the Free Market Foundation. She has also served on various policy committees and as a councillor in the City of Johannesburg.
is a Director at the Free Market Foundation and the author of Jobs for the
Jobless: Special Exemption Certificates for the Unemployed
Unchain the Child: Abolish Compulsory Schooling Laws
. He authored several chapters in the FMF’s books
Jobs Jobs Jobs
. Eustace authors many of the FMF’s weekly feature articles and is regularly published in local and international media on labour, money, health care and economic issues.
graduated with a political science and international relations BA degree from Pretoria University in 1989. She has worked as a researcher for Don Caldwell and the Free Market Foundation and as an international trainer and facilitator in entrepreneurship development for various African countries. Theresa is currently Managing Director of NightsBridge, a travel and tourism software company.
studied law and accounting at the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, where he also served in several student organisations. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with PwC. He has worked for the PSG Group and in 2017 he co-founded the investment management firm Rozendal Partners, where he continues to work as a portfolio manager and executive director.
is the Gauteng Secretary General of Hawkers and Informal Business (ACHIB), affiliated in NAFCOC as a Treasurer of Johannesburg. Founder member of National African Skills Development Centre. Executive Managing Director of NASDC Business Consultancy and Investments (Arts and Craft manufacturers wholesalers and retailers).
has been active in diverse aspects of South African public life for over a generation. He is credited with having had a significant impact on the course of events in South Africa, especially regarding the extensive economic reforms that took place during the last two decades of apartheid, and the inclusion of the property rights clause in the constitution. With his wife, Frances Kendall, he was nominated thrice for the Nobel Peace Prize for proposals made in their book South Africa: The Solution. Leon is the President of the Free Market Foundation.
is a long standing member of the executive committee of the FMF. He has been closely involved in many major FMF initiatives and programs including Project Transition which developed policies for the new constitution; a monograph on transport policy for which he received the FMF award in 1984; Liberty School for the youth which he started; organising two major conferences on privatisation; The Energy Policy Unit which he ran and the Khaya Lam (My Home) Land Reform Project.
president of the African Council of Hawkers and Informal Businesses (ACHIB) and past President of the Nafcoc. Lawrence played a critical role in the formation of the National Union of Mineworkers and was the founding General Secretary of the National Union of Farm Workers. He is the author of Freedom to be Enterprising and a contributor to Let the Consumer Decide. Lawrence was awarded the Free Market Award by the FMF in 1988.
is a marketing professional with more than 40 years' experience in advertising, public relations and marketing communications in South Africa and the UK. She has been a company director for more than 30 years and has sat on boards in both countries over those years including more than 10 years on the board of the Institute of Directors.
Temba A Nolutshungu
. As one of the pioneers of the black consciousness movement Temba’s inevitable collision with the apartheid state saw him traverse the ideological spectrum from an inveterate communist to an advocate of classical liberalism. Having been detained twice under the Terrorism Act, his resolve to be instrumental in limiting the power of government was strengthened by his immersion in the writings of Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell. Temba is a Director of the Free Market Foundation.
is the Chief Executive of NEASA (National Employers’ Association of South Africa), an organisation that provides businesses, in all sectors, with all labour law and industrial relations services, among others, top quality legal representation in labour disputes. NEASA is also South Africa’s most prominent sectoral collective bargaining role player. Papenfus founded NEASA in 1996. He is a regular on TV and radio, as well as mainstream newspapers and related media.
is a graduate in Economics from UCT. Advocating free market economics and the virtues of liberty and freedom for all has been a lifelong passion. After a career in marketing, commerce and technology in the IT industry, Erik now focuses on the property industry. He understands the critical importance of creating the environment for entrepreneurship to flourish in South Africa and has daily first-hand experience of the benefits of private property ownership.
graduated from University of the Witwatersrand with a BSc (ElecEng) degree. While working as an engineer Robert graduated with two degrees in law; BProc and LLB. Thereafter he joined what was then Price Forbes (PFV) as a director of its Risk Management Company and gained risk management insurance experience. In 1989 Robert was appointed as the first professor in insurance at Wits University where he has held a number of appointments including the Head of Business Economics and the Head of Information systems. Robert has served on the FMF’s Board.