“In today’s time, people are inward looking and profit driven. They tend to forget the greater public good,” says Christiaan of the decline in structured community participation.
He joined the board of the 114-year-old NPO towards the end of last year but has for some time provided legal counsel to the organisation.
“A well functioning board is crucial to any organisation. If the board is sound, then the organisation is sound. It is a critical function from a corporate governance point of view,” he says.
“Everyone who sits on a board brings a particular skill set to the table, but they also gain immense satisfaction in knowing they are making a contribution to that organisation’s success by providing an oversight role.
“Any organisation has to evolve and seek new opportunities. It has an obligation to constantly look at itself critically to see what it can improve or where it can expand.
“Fortunately, Rand Aid has a culture of adapting to changing times and expanding on its core offerings,” he says.
A Northcliff resident who has his chambers in Sandton, Christiaan enjoys travel, bird watching and hiking. He has a BA (Law) and LLB from the Rand Afrikaans University, LLM from the University of the Witwatersrand, Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the Mandela Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand, and an LLM from the University of Texas School of Law.
In practice since October 2006, Christiaan specialises in a wide range of commercial litigation, including intellectual property law, telecommunications law, competition law, media law and defamation, insurance law, labour law, administrative law, company law, insolvency law and Equality Court litigation.