Briza Authors

At Briza, our authors are our pride! They are specialists in their fields and above all great writers, producing excellent books which educate us and lead us to a greater understanding of our world.

Hendrik Venter

Briza Publications author Hendrik has been growing orchids for nearly forty years (since the age of 10) and they have become an entrenched part of his life. After various careers in the finance world, as well as a spate of orchid articles in local and overseas publications, Hendrik decided to write a definitive guide for orchid growing tailored to South African growing conditions.

Hendrik is an accredited South African Orchid Council Judge and has been since 1995, and he has also served the SAOC in various capacities. He was the editor of the highly respected, semi-scientific journal devoted to all aspects of orchid growing in South Africa – the SAOC journal from 2006 – 2012. Hendrik is well-known in the orchid lecture circuit in South Africa and Australia, and talks on a variety of orchid-related topics.

Between 2007-2009, Hendrik was appointed as the Orchid Specialist at the Durban Botanic Gardens. He oversaw the orchid display house and managed the varied collection of orchids (over 10,000 specimens in 172 taxa), as well as part of the specialist plant nursery, especially bromeliads and cycads.

Hendrik is married to Anneen, and the couple have 2 teenage boys. The family relocated to Melbourne, Australia in 2009, where Hendrik was appointed as an Australian Orchid Council judge in 2010. He is now learning to grow orchids in a more challenging and cooler environment, and is concentrating mainly on growing species.

Books by Hendrik Venter

  • Growing Orchids in South Africa a Gardener’s Guide
  • Orgide in Suid-Afrika ‘n Gids vir Tuiniers

Rolf Becker

Briza Publications author Rolf Becker graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as a Master of Science and PhD in Biochemistry. He was Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Limpopo for 20 years, while also furthering his...

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Alma Möller

Briza Publications author Alma Möller graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Genetics, and a Master of Science in Entomology, after obtaining a postgraduate certificate in Electron Microscopy. She worked at the University of Limpopo as Electron...

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CJ Cilliers

Author CJ Cilliers is a retired researcher with a PhD in entomology. She is known for her research on the biological control of insects pests and aquatic weeds, implementing biological control and integrated pest and weed management in South Africa and elsewhere. This...

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CE van Ginkel

Author CE van Ginkel is a freshwater scientist, with a PhD in botany. As a special scientist in the then Department of Water Affairs, she practised aquatic science over several decades throughout South Africa. She was the coordinator of the National Eutrophication...

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Piet van Wyk

The late author Piet van Wyk (1931 - 2006) was a biologist who worked for three decades as a researcher in the Kruger National Park. He authored several popular books on southern African trees. Wyle outeur Piet van Wyk (1931 - 2006) was 'n bioloog wat drie dekades as...

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