Trustees and staff at the Constitutional Court for the launch of "<em>A Landmark Victory for Success</em>".


Biowatch is a non-profit, public benefit organisation. Our long-term, active and committed Board of Trustees (of which our Director is a member), plays a strong fiduciary and strategic leadership role, ensuring effectiveness and accountability.

Our Board of Trustees:

  • Prof. Loretta Feris
    Loretta is professor of Law at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Law, University of Cape Town. Previously she was associate professor of law at the University of Pretoria, where she was also a research associate at the Centre for Human Rights. Loretta is an NRF-rated researcher and her research interest includes environmental rights and trade and environment.

  • Dr David Fig (Chairperson)
    David is an honorary research associate at the University of Cape Town and a Fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. His research focuses on environmental problems related to energy, extractive industries and corporate behaviour. His training is in international political economy and he works closely with the environmental justice movement.

  • Thoko Makhanya
    Thoko is a health specialist and development practitioner with a focus on women’s development and health. For many years she was also on the UKZN Research Ethics committee.

  • Dr Nombulelo Siqwana-Ndulo
    Nombulelo is a sociologist, rural development public policy analyst, gender equality and gender justice practitioner and Human Rights activist. For several years she was Commissioner on the national Gender Commission.

  • Stembeni Vaughan Williams
    Beni Williams is a community development  practitioner, a trained nurse and has expertise in strategic engagements. She is currently Projects Co-ordinator at Mpilonhle, a community based organisation dedicated to identifying and implementing innovative solutions for the health and social problems faced by rural youth in South Africa.

  • Rose Williams (Director)
    Rose is currently director of Biowatch South Africa and has been in this position since 2009. Prior to this she worked as a freelance researcher/consultant and for many years before that as curator of the KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium – one of three herbaria under the South African National Biodiversity Institute. She has also taught at both secondary and tertiary levels. Her particular interest is in biodiversity, indigenous knowledge and environmental justice.

  • Prof. Rachel Wynberg
    Rachel holds a DST/NRF Research Chair on Social and Environmental Dimensions of the Bio-Economy at the University of Cape Town. Her research is focused on biopolitics, community rights, social justice and environmental governance and she is active in the NGO community in southern Africa.