2008: Neville Alexander
(1936-2012) Neville Alexander was the Director of the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA). He has done much pioneering work in the field of language policy and planning in South Africa since the early 1980s via organisations such as the National Language Project, PRAESA, as well as the LANGTAG process. He has been influential in respect of language policy development with various government departments, including Education. His most recent work has focused on the tension between multilingualism and the hegemony of English in the public sphere. He is currently a member of the Interim Governing Board of the African Academy of Languages.
Further biographical information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neville_Alexander