Dr Anton Botha is a physicist in textile science, specialising in animal fibres.  He received his MSc (Solid state Physics) (1989) and PhD (Textile Science) (2005) from the University of Port Elizabeth (UPE) (now the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Universtity (NMMU)).
    He started his career in 1989 as an Assistant Lecturer in the Physics Department of UPE, then in May 1990 he joined the CSIR in Port Elizabeth as a researcher in textile science, progressing to his current position as a Senior Researcher in the Materials, Science and Manuafacturing Operating Unit of the CSIR.
    He is a Committee Member of the  Eastern Cape Section of the Textile Institute (UK) and is a member of the Materails and Manufacturing panel for NRF the past 5 years.  He is also an expert in the properties and processing of animal fibres, in particular wool, mohair and cashmere.   He has gained also knowledge in the past 4 years on the processing of plant and bast fibres like Sisal, Agave fibre, flax and hemp.  He has published some 18 journal- and conference papers.