CURRENT & PAST PRESIDENTS

SAAG elects a new President at each Biennial Meeting. Below is a list of all current and previous presidents and their term served.

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Elizabeth Rudolph

President-Elect: 2021-2023

Elizabeth Rudolph from the University of the Free State is the current President-Elect and will take office after the 2023 Biennial General Meeting.

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Christel Hansen

2019-2021

Christel Hansen from the University of Pretoria was the President from 2019-2021. She can be reached at christel.hansen@up.ac.za.

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Jay le Roux

2014-2017

Dr le Roux from the University of the Free State can be reached at LeRouxJJ@ufs.ac.za.

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Werner Nel

2008-2012

Professor Werner Nel of the University of Fort Hare served as the 2008-2012 SAAG president. He can be reached at wnel@ufh.ac.za.

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Heinz Beckedahl

2004-2006

Professor Beckedahl from the University of Eswatini (UNISWA) was again elected President of SAAG from 2004-2006. He received the SAAG Fellowship in 2019 and can be reached at hbeckedahl@gmail.com.

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Peter Holmes

2000-2002

Professor Peter Holmes, the SAAG President from 2000-2002, is a research fellow at the University of the Free State. He can be reached at HolmesPJ@ufs.ac.za.

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Kate Rowntree

1996-1998

Professor Kate Rowntree from Rhodes University was also awarded the SAAG Fellowship in 2019 and can be reached at k.rowntree@ru.ac.za.

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Gerry Garland

1992-1994

Gerry Garland from the Unversity of KwaZulu-Natal served as SAAG President from 1992-1994.

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Heinz Beckedahl

1998-1990

Professor Beckedahl, currently working at the University of Swaziland (UNISWA), and a research associate at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), was the first SAAG President and instrumental in setting up SAAG. He served as chairperson and President from 1988-1990, tasked with charting a way forward and to report back at the 1990 meeting. He can be reached at hbeckedahl@gmail.com.

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Laura Bannatyne

President: 2021-2023

Laura Bannatyne from Rhodes University is the current President. She took office after the 2021 Biennial Conference

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David Hedding

2017-2019

Professor David Hedding from the University of South Africa  can be reached on heddidw@unisa.ac.za.

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Frank Eckhardt

2012-2014

Professor Eckhardt of the University of Cape Town was the SAAG President from 2012-2014. He can be reached at frank.eckardt@uct.ac.za.

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Ian Meiklejohn

2006-2008

Professor Ian Meiklejohn, the current Head of Department of the Department of Geography from Rhodes University served as President to SAAG from 2006-2008. He can be reached at i.meiklejohn@ru.ac.za.

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Charles Barker

2002-2004

Professor Charles Barker was Head of Department at the Department of Geography at the University of the Free State. He can be reached at barkerch@ufs.ac.za.

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Paul Sumner

1998-2000

Professor Paul Sumner from the University of Fort Hare was the SAAG President from 1998-2000. He can be reached at psumner@ufh.ac.za.

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Jan Boelhouwers

1994-1996

Professor Jan Boelhouwers from Uppsala University can be reached at jan.boelhouwers@kultgeog.uu.se.

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Helen Watson

1990-1992

Dr Helen Watson, from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), served as the first female SAAG President.