Frederik van Zyl Slabbert

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Frederik van Zyl Slabbert is a South African political analyst, businessman, and former politician. He is best known for being the leader of the official opposition — the Progressive Federal Party (PFP) — in the House of Assembly from 1979 to 1986.

In 1990, Soros recruited Slabbert to become the founding chair of his soon to be formed Open Society Foundation in South Africa.

"Slabbert started the George Soros-backed funding organisation, the Open Society Foundation of Southern Africa, which identifies and invests in worthy projects in nine African countries. He is active on the board of a number of South African businesses." [1]

Currently non-Executive Chairman of Caxton & CTP Publishers and Printers Ltd and Adcorp (Pty) Ltd (both listed companies). Also non-executive Director on First Rand Merchant Bank Board. CV

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  1. John Robbie interviews Frederick van Zyl Slabbert, oldmutual, accessed April 8, 2010.
  2. Directors, Democracy Development Programme, accessed April 9, 2010.