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Mr M. Botha

Commissioner

Commissioner Botha has worked for Sonke Gender Justice as Media and Government Liaison Manager for eight years. Through his advocacy work, Commissioner Botha has been featured in numerous newspapers such as City Press, Sowetan, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent and other Community based newspapers as both a commentator and columnist, radio and television features and interviews and is widely recognized for his work in South Africa and across the world.

Botha has worked as the dissemination officer for the International Red Cross based in South Africa in the 1980s and was a founder member and Secretary General of the South African Men’s Forum where he dealt with issues of advocacy, training and community based structure building.  He co-hosts weekly talkshows on many Commercial and Community radio stations, reaching millions of listeners each week, such as Motsweding FM, Radio 2000 and Lesedi FM.

Commissioner Botha currently serves on the boards Lifeline (Vereeniging), Genderlinks and South Africa Institute for Social and Health Science, based at the University of South Africa. In 2007, during a women’s day celebration speech in Galeshewe near Kimberly, President Thabo Mbeki singled Mbuyiselo out for special praise and expressed his appreciation for Commissioner Botha’s work on men for gender equality in South Africa.

Commissioner Botha sits on Finance committee of the CGE and he also chairs the IT and Communication Committee. He’s finalizing his Honors Degree in Gender studies with the University of South Africa. Commissioner Botha sits on two Committees of the CGE, i.e. Information Technology and Communication and Finance.