Meet the RBBF team




Beryl Verna Botman was born in the southern suburbs of Cape Town and has since lived in several other parts of the metropole and Stellenbosch. She attended Square Hill Primary School, Diep River Ad Hoc School and Crestway Secondary School during the late sixties and seventies. After school, Botman attended the University of Cape Town where she obtained a BA, Higher Diploma in Education and BEd (Hon). After completing her qualification in education, she was a teacher of Afrikaans first and second language at Lavender Hill Secondary School during the 1980s and 1990s.

In 1995, the University of the Western Cape conferred the degree of master’s in education on her and in 1996 she began her work in the rural Western Cape as deputy chief education specialist, first as subject and curriculum adviser and, later, as curriculum planner with the Western Cape Education Department.
After leaving the employ of the WCED, Botman ventured into life coaching and seminar facilitation. In 2014 she graduated with a PhD in philosophy of education, and education policy studies from Stellenbosch University, after which she worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at Free State University. Botman currently serves on the Wine Industry Training and Development Advisory Committee.

Beryl is the widow of Russel Botman, mother of Ilse and Roxanne, stepmother of Hayman and Lizelle and step grandmother of Byron, Jayden and Haylen. She is also the chairperson of the Russel Botman Bursary Fund. As chairperson, she is responsible for calling and chairing committee meetings, as well as liaising with all relevant departments at Stellenbosch University. She also interacts with the bursary recipients along with the other committee members. Furthermore, Beryl is an invited additional member of the Russel Botman Memorial Lecture Committee. She also collected and donated the personal documents of Prof Botman to the Beyers Naude Centre for Public Theology to be archived.


Committee Member


Roxanne Gabriella Botman, born in the southern suburbs of Cape Town in 1990, is the youngest child of Russel and Beryl Botman. She attended Campus Kids Pre-Primary at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), while her father was a senior lecturer in practical theology at the university. The geographical path of her education followed in her father’s career path when she attended Erica Primary School and then Rhenish Girls’ High School in Stellenbosch. After matriculating, Roxanne completed her BA human resources management degree and studied further to complete her Bcomm honours in human resources management in 2012.

Roxanne found herself drawn to the training and development field of the human resources industry, much like her parents, and started her professional career in the learning and development department at the Shoprite Group in 2013. She is currently working as a project manager for eLearning projects at a digital marketing company called Enovation, as well as singing and belly-dancing part-time. Roxanne is also a committee member of the Russel Botman Bursary Fund.

As a committee member, Roxanne has the chance to provide life-changing opportunities to deserving students. She manages the website development, as well as the social media marketing of the bursary fund. These services were donated to the bursary fund by the company she works for, Enovation Digital Marketing.


Committee Member


Simon began his schooling at Citrusdal Primary School in the Western Cape, but moved to the Eastern Cape where he attended Qhurhu Primary School in Welcomewood Village and finally Imiqhayi High School in Mount Coke Village where he matriculated.

For the first two years of his tertiary education, Simon studied at Decoligny Theological Seminary in Mthatha and at the University of Fort Hare in Alice. Simon completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) where he obtained a B.Th. and a B.Th. (Hon/Licentiate) in Theology and thereafter did research for the D.Th. (Missiology) at Princeton Theological Seminary, USA. In 2000, he graduated with a D.Th. from UWC.

Simon taught contextual theology at the Faculty of Theology, Rhodes University while doing doctoral research.  Prof Russel Botman, who was one of the lecturers of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) teaching at the UWC, preached when he was ordained as minister in the Dutch Reformed Church, Op-Die-Berg, Koue Bokkveld, Ceres, in 2000.  He managed and participated in faith-based and social projects which focussed on building bridges and reconciling ethnic, religious and other social groups in this multilingual and culturally diverse rural community.

In March 2003, Simon joined Stellenbosch University as a lecturer in the Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, now holding positions as an associate professor in missiology, chair of the department, as well as working as an ordained minister in URCSA.

Being a member of the Russel Botman Bursary Fund committee provides opportunities to connect with various stakeholders. He is keen to journey with the bursary recipients and provide hope for the future generations by building relations with the alumni with whom he interacted as resident head in the Centre for Student Communities at SU for seven years.

Roxanne Gabriella Botman, D.X. Simon, Beryl Verna Botman

Precious Mahlaba, Roxanne Gabriella Botman, D.X. Simon, Beryl Verna Botman, Kayla Ruiters, Nokukhanya Makwe, Deborah Abrokwaah, Norshya Sonjani

Roxanne Gabriella Botman, D.X. Simon, & Beryl Verna Botman

RBBF Committee with the Bursary Recipients