Marjan Boelsma (1951): co-founder and chairperson of the Azania Komitee (1974-1996). In 1994 observer of the United Nations during the first general elections in South Africa/Azania. Since 2012 patron of Umtapo (http://www.umtapocentre.org.za/about.us) . Umtapo is an NGO in Durban emerging from the Black Consciousness Movement of Steve Biko. In 2010 awarded the Biko International Peace Award by the Umtapo Centre. In 2007 awarded a Certificate of Recognition for exceptional contribution during the struggle of the people of South Africa against Apartheid by the South African government.
Mainly employed in mental health care. Furthermore worked for a.o. RADAR (an anti-discrimination agency). Been active at St. Welzijn Antillianen en Arubanen (Institute for the wellbeing of Antillians and Arubans) and acted as chairperson of the client board of Arosa (an organization for victims of domestic violence) ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/marjan-boelsma-194b7910/ ).
Studied Business Administration at the Radboud Universiteit of Nijmegen. In 2016/2017 involved in making the Azania Komitee archives accessible ( https://socialhistory.org/nl/anti-apartheid-en-zuidelijk-afrika-blog/2017/03/archief-azania-komitee-gereed-azania-committee ) at the IISG (Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis – International Institute of Social History).