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.

Neels Esterhuyse

Briza Publications author Neels Esterhuyse was born in Namibia, in the small town of Okahandja in 1935. He spent his youth on the farm Eureka in the Outjo district and attended Outjo primary school. He matriculated at Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch, and obtained a BSc (Forestry) degree at Stellenbosch University. In later years he obtained a BHons Inst. Agrar degree at the University of Pretoria.

Neels had a long association with the Department of Forestry and retired as Director: Forestry Planning, in the year 2000. After retiring his hobby is seed collecting and he supplies seed of trees and shrubs to many nurseries in South Africa and abroad. Neels is the author of some 25 pamphlets of the Department of Forestry on trees and tree planting.

His most important publication, together with Jutta von Breitenbach and Hermien Sohnge, is Remarkable Trees of South Africa, published in 2001. This book serves the valuable purpose of bringing the plight of our champion trees to the attention of the Authorities and the public. Since publication of this book, the Department of Water affairs and Forestry embarked on a program of identifying champion trees with the purpose of preserving them.

Neels Esterhuyse is a forestry scientist who has had a long association with the Department of Forestry and Water Affairs. His in-depth knowledge of trees and passion for their preservation has resulted in the writing of this book.

Books by Neels Esterhuyse

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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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