Our Team

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The Centre for Rural Legal Studies possesses a small, yet flexible team of employee that allows the organization to pursue its goals within the shifting contexts of modern South Africa.

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    Chairperson
    Prof Nick Vink joined the University of Stellenbosch as professor in agricultural economics in 1996
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    Attorney at Henk Smith and Associates, with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry and legal advocacy in branches of the state.
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    With employment history as a researcher in farm worker labour and land rights, Karin brings experience to our team
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    Human Rights Law and Environmental Law graduate with strong passion for environmental education and justice and sustainable development.
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    Secretary
    Professional legal services, Specialties: Civil litigation, contracts and trusts, public interest law, environmental law, land reform
  • Director
    Sharron Marco-Thyse is foremost a human rights activist passionate about issues affecting women, youth and the rural poor.
  • Manager
    Mzukisi has been active in agricultural sector in South Africa for more than 20 years.
  • Office Worker
    Rene joined CRLS in Aug 2010 as a Bookkeeper.