Deputy General Secretary: Solidarity
Dirk is widely regarded as the face of trade union Solidarity, where he is currently the deputy general secretary. He is regularly quoted in the South African media – more than 1000 times in the past six months – concerning labour related matters and has written numerous published articles. He has written three books on affirmative action and South African tertiary institutions. Dirk’s master’s degree, on the influence of affirmative action on alienation of the non-designated group, won him the best accolade master’s degree student in labour relations. He is currently busy with his doctorate on the same topic.
In 1995 and 1996, Dirk was chairperson of the student council of the Potchefstroom University, and led the transformation process on behalf of the students. He was a member of the minister of education’s task team on the transformation of tertiary institutions, as well as a member of the South African Students’ Council. In 1996, he was awarded Potchefstroom University’s council medal for academic achievement and community development. During that same year he received the sought – after Abe Bailey travel bursary to England, for leadership and academic development.
Lunch Spot: Die Werf, Pretoria East