Nicolaas Diederichs (1903-1978) served as the third State President of South Africa from 1975 to 1978..
An economist, Diederichs obtained a doctorate from the University …of Leyden . During the 1930s and 1940s he became a prominent figure in Afrikaner nationalist circles. He founded the Reddingsdaadbond organisation to promote the economic wellbeing of Afrikaners..
Dr Diederichs was a National Party member of Parliament from 1953 to 1975. He served as Minister of Economic Affairs from 1958 to 1967, as Minister of Mines from 1961 to 1964, and as Minister of Finance from 1967 to 1975. In the latter capacity he became known as "Mr Gold." He served as ceremonial State President from 1975 until his death, after a short illness, in 1978..
Dr Diederichs was one of Anton Ruperts first business partners and they enjoyed a close relationship..
Dr Diederichs served as head of the Reddingsdaadbond (RDB) of which Anton Rupert was a member (MORE)