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Porfolios of the 2010 NEC
Janssen Davies: Chairman
Janssen was born and raised on a big game farm in Kenya, becoming involved in wildlife conservation and hunting activities from a young age. The late famed ranger Bruce Bryden appointed him as an Honorary Ranger in 1978, and 20 years on in 1998 he was appointed the Chairman of the Junior HR’s, assisted by Dr Johann Dreyer.
He was appointed Chairman of the National Training Committee in 1998 at the Indaba, after its’ establishment to implement the training strategy formulated in 1997. Thereafter he moved on to become the Chairman of Strategic Projects, together with his role of Chairman of the National Training Committee. After first being co-opted onto the National Co-ordinating Committee, he was elected later to serve on the National Executive Committee, and in 2004, was elected Chairman of the National Executive Committee. He still holds this portfolio. Janssen is a member of the Johannesburg HR Region.
He has recently become involved with the wildlife management authorities in Ethiopia through Chris Marais, CEO of Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA) and has committed himself to assisting them to establish a conservation volunteer movement in Ethiopia in support of their National Parks.
After serving as CEO of Sage Financial (Sage Life and Sage Unit Trusts), in his “other life”, and later the CEO of the Sage Group, he officially retired in 2005 but remains very active devoting his time to the areas of his passion. Janssen served on the boards of 19 companies, as well as the Board of the Life Offices Association, and was also a founding member of the Committee of the Long Term Insurance Ombudsman.
His list of achievements continued and in July 2008 when he was appointed to the Board of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) and in January 2009 to the position of Deputy Chairperson of this Board by the MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism of the Mpumalanga Provincial Government.
Janssen’s other favourite cause is postgraduate business education, and he has served on the Advisory Board of the Wits Business School since 2002, specialising and lecturing on Business Leadership.
In 2010 he was appointed to the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management of the University of the Witwatersrand. He has also served as a Special Advisor on Business – University relations, to the Vice Chancellor of Wits University, Prof Loyiso Nongxa. He also serves as mentor and coach for leaders in business and in public service and enjoys seeing leaders grow and succeed.
Janssen is supported in all his activities by his wife Linda. His brother Peter recently retired after 31 years of service in conservation in the Kruger National Park. Peter’s wife, Ona, managed the Indigenous Nursery in Skukuza until her retirement in February 2008.
Janssen and Linda enjoy going on safari to Kenya and Tanzania every year for the wildebeest migration and like to view this natural wonder at the various stages of its cycle. He and Linda spend their time between their homes in White River in Mpumalanga, Johannesburg and Clarens in the Free State and they enjoy each “home range” equally for very different reasons.
André Vosloo: Vice Chairman (Southern Regions) and Legal Compliance
André was born in Queenstown and grew up in the former Transkei, later spending time in Zululand as well. He spent his high school years in Affies (Afrikaans Seuns Hoër) in Pretoria.
He was appointed an HR in March 1992 in the Western Cape, after being an applicant since 1998 due to the “quota” system. André has been on the Western Cape Regional Management Committee since 1997, and was appointed the Vice Chairperson of the region in 2002 and served this portfolio until 2003.
In 2004, André was elected the Chairperson of the Western Cape region, and elected Chairperson of the Boland region in 2005, a position he fulfilled up to 2007. He is currently still a member of the Boland region, in the capacity of Vice Chairperson. He was elected as a member of the National Executive Committee in 2003, during the Indaba. His portfolios include Legal Compliance, Admin rules, Code of Conduct, Chairperson’s Manual, Merit Awards and meetings. André is also the NEC guardian of Boland, Overberg and Karoo Regions.
André’s other life sees him as General Manager of Legal Services and Research Company, and he travels extensively between Johannesburg and his base in Somerset West in the Western Cape. He also has business interests in a meat and biltong factory in Stellenbosch.
His other favourite cause is Marine Conservation, and his proximity to the Ocean provides him ample opportunity to be involved in ORI tagging and releasing of fish, especially Red Data species such as White Steenbras. Another passion of André’s is his photography, especially wildlife photography. He is currently building up a portfolio of special photos from all our National Parks.
André’s wife Petra and 10-year-old daughter Chandré share a special part of his life as an active HR.
André van der Merwe: Vice Chairman (Northern Regions) and COO
André joined the HR’s as an applicant with Lowveld Region during 1995. He also served as an applicant in the Marakele region during this time. In 1996 he was appointed as an Honorary Ranger in the Lowveld region, and completed his Orientation courses for KNP and Marakele, as well as Communications, Tourism, Night drive and Marine Ecology Courses.
He has also completed around 50% of the Tour Guide Course for Trails, but this was hampered by a necessary move to Gauteng for work purposes and personal studies. André was one of the first HR’s to complete the Night Drive course, and has since done around 300 drives. He is the proud holder of an MBA from North West University, obtained in 2007, and is preparing to start his studies towards a PhD in 2011.
André was involved with Lowveld region as a member, and a member of the RMC since 2000. He also became the Chairperson elect from 2000 to 2004. At the Berg en Dal Indaba in 2001, he was co-opted on the National Executive Committee with the Statistics Portfolio under his leadership.
He was elected to the NEC with the same portfolio at the Letaba Indaba in 2003. His election to Vice Chairperson of the NEC happened during the Marakele Indaba of 2007, and his portfolios include Treasurer, Corporate Governance, Merit Awards, Indabas and Liaison Conservation. His other NEC duty is the guardianship of Bankenveld and Vaal Triangle regions. He is currently an active member of East Rand region HR’s. André co-ordinates the popular Marakele Birding Breakaway for Marakele region.
André’s life is shared with his wife Marieta, who is a teacher at Delmas Primary School, and they have two lovely daughters aged 25 and 21. The eldest daughter has flown the coop and the youngest is working for Villa Rosa.
André’s paying job is with Absa Bank, and he is a Branch Manager in Heidelberg, having served the same position in Delmas from 2005 to April 2008 and Edenvale from 2008 June 2009. He spent time with Absa Bank in the Lowveld town of Hazyview from 1998 to 2005. André also serves on his local church council, and his hobbies include hiking, photography, travelling and scuba diving.
Judy Bouwer: National Project Reporting and Project Register, Veterans
Judy joined the HR’s as an applicant in October 1997, and was appointed as an HR in 1998 in the Addo region in the Eastern Cape. After a year there, she had proved her worth, and was elected as secretary for the region, “to do the hard work” she says. She fulfilled these duties for a year and was soon moved over to the Projects of Addo region, where after she was elected as Vice Chairperson. Two years in this portfolio saw her moving on to be elected as the Chairperson of Addo region for a further two years.
She served on the Addo RCM as treasurer for over 4 years, and boasts that she has attended each and every Indaba since she joined the Hr’s . She sadly missed the 2008 Indaba due to work pressure which took her overseas. Judy’s duties on the NEC involve the overseeing reports on Regional and National Projects, Projects register, consolidation of Regional Annual Reports, and liaison with Southern Parks as well as serving as guardian for Addo, Camdeboo, Tsitsikamma, Mountain Zebra and Southern Cape regions.
Judy used her youth to qualify herself with a BSc in Nursing Science from the University of Stellenbosch, furthering this with postgraduate qualifications in Management, Occupational Health and Marketing. Judy has been involving herself with different vocations within the medical field, and is currently managing a clinical trials and research centre, elbowing for space with husband Daan.
Judy is married to Dr Daan Bouwer, who runs his own private medical practice. They have four grown children, who all reside in South Africa. The eldest three children are all married, and the youngest, still single, and she is a wine maker by profession. They feel that the best investment they have ever made to pay for their 4 kids university fees. Their biggest joy is to spoil their grandchildren and hand them back to the parents, which seems the “in” thing to do for grandparents.
Both Judy and Daan enjoy the outdoors and love nature. They especially enjoy doing off roading in a 4x4 as well as deep sea fishing. Their proximity to the coast helps them live out their passion for nature with a trailervan and the odd foray to their mountain retreat on the border of the Baviaans Kloof. They see this as their own little nature reserve and jump at any chance to visit it.
Michael Lodge: Fundraising - Friends of SANParks and Transformation
Mike joined iKapa Region (known then as the Western Cape Region) in 1999 along with his wife, Jenny. Upon receiving their membership as Honorary Rangers, they started a new Region at the West Coast National Park under the direction of their then SANParks socio-ecologist, Kevin Moore.
Mike stood as Chairman of the new Region for 5 years, creating the foundation for the Region's great honour of being awarded the prestigious SANParks Kudu Award for Community Contribution in 2007. He also won a SANParks Green Award for "pivotal involvement in establishing the West Coast Honorary Rangers and enduring excellence in contribution to the West Coast National Park" in 2006. Also in 2006, his Park Manager, Gary de Kock presented Mike and Jenny with an annual Merit Award from the West Coast National Park for their contributions to and work for the Park.
Mike grew up in Gauteng, matriculated at De La Salle College in 1969 and was a Boy Scout at First Northhills Troop until then. After his military service where he achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant, he ran the First Pioneer Boy Scout Troop in Krugersdorp for over seven years, building his interest in working with the youth.
In 1982 he hiked up the beach and coast from Cape Town to Hondeklipbaai with 5 other hikers and in 1995 was contracted for two years as farm manager on a 3,500ha game farm in the Balule reserve where he installed the required infrastructure and managed the construction of a luxury 14-bed game lodge for Drifters Adventours. During this time, Mike and Jenny lived in their tent under a Tamboti tree along with the big five. He is a self-taught apiarist, aquarist and herpetologist. In 2000, during the Treasure oil spill, Mike trained over 2,000 volunteers to feed the 22,000 plus penguins over his three month stint at SANCCOB's Salt River unit.
Mike's normal day jobs have included working as Project Manager at two major banks, Chamber of Mines, Altech Telecomms, Afrox, M-Net, Old Mutual and currently, Santam Ltd. He has also managed and run his own roofing contracting business, and for three years was the General Manager for a cash-in-transit security products firm on the East Rand.
He has worked extensively with the rehabilitation of reptiles, primates and to a lesser degree, birds of prey over many years. As an HR, he managed the successful capture and release of 15 Grey Rhebuck from Caledon to the West Coast National Park in 2006. Mike is passionate about Honorary Rangers and is the NEC guardian for iKapa, Kalahari and Agulhas regions.
John Brankin: Training, National Quiz, Uniforms
John was appointed an HR in 1999, and has been a member of the East Rand region ever since. He has served on the RMC of the East Rand region since 2003. He was the Chairperson of East Rand region from 2005 to 2008.
John was elected to the NEC in May 2006 with the portfolios of the National Quiz, Liaison Tourism and National Training committee forming part of his duties. He is also the NEC guardian of Johannesburg and Johannesburg South regions.
John is an almost “newly wed” and has been married to Marjorie since January of 2008, having previously widowed. He has two grown children with his son living in the USA and his daughter a resident in Europe.
In his working life John was in training, and general management in the pharmaceutical industry up to 1999, but then Management Consulting beckoned him and he has been doing that ever since. His main areas of work are now the management of a timeshare resort at the Paul Kruger Gate to KNP. Helping keep the food on the table is the management of a property company and being a Director of the Timeshare and property companies.
Piet Andjelkovic: Bush Camps and Administration
Piet applied as an applicant with the HR corps in 2001, and was eventually appointed as an HR in January 2003. He was elected as the treasurer of Bushveld region while still an applicant in 2002, and has served on the RMC since then. He was elected the Chairperson of the Region in 2004, and has been re-elected to the position since then.
In 2007, at the Marakele Indaba, Piet was elected as a member of the NEC, and has served his second year as the member co-ordinating Communications, both internal and external. His other duties include the Administration portfolio. Piet is currently the NEC guardian of Virtual HR region. His new portfolio will be the Bushcamp portfolio, with the aim to assist other regions to establish bush camps in their respective parks.
Born in Koppies in the Orange Free State, he grew up in Benoni on the East Rand, where he matriculated in 1980. The unique surname he has was gained when Piet and his brother and sister were adopted by a Yugoslav step father at a very young age. They were later joined by another sister. He qualified as an Aircraft Radio Technician at South African Airways, and also studied toward his National Diploma in Electronics during this time. His last four years at SAA was spent in the Flight simulators section, where he became a great admirer of aircraft and even an avid “arm chair pilot”, having flown all the Boeing aircraft that SAA had in their fleet, as well as the Airbus products, albeit in a flight simulator.
Piet has been living in Phalaborwa in Limpopo province since 1997, working as a Supervisor in the Instrumentation section of the Rio Tinto owned copper mine of Palabora Mining Company. The Smelter and Refinery section where he works plays a big role in the annual production of around 120,000 tonnes of high quality copper for the industry. The proximity of KNP was the major draw card to the HR corps and he gained FGASA accreditation in Local Field guiding and Level 1 field guide in his spare time. This is used to full advantage when he takes visitors on drives in the Phalaborwa area. He is married to Tracy, who is also an HR, and runs her own nursery school in the town.
Piet and Tracy have two daughters, Jacqui and Jennifer, aged 24 and 22 respectively. Their main passion is camping and spending time in the abundant nature that surrounds Phalaborwa.
Cedric Hapgood-Strickland: National Youth Committee (NYC), Liaison People & Conservation
Cedric started his career in the Honorary Rangers in the Western Cape, and helped in the training courses for members and accreditation of trainers for Applied Communication. These tasks were followed through in the Western Cape, West Coast and Addo regions, and later also in Pretoria, Marakele and Free State regions. He was the training co-ordinator for the Western Cape region.
He moved over to the Pretoria region and continued with training, doing various orientation courses and became heavily involved with the youth corps, also becoming facilitator, and assisted in training other facilitators. He was elected the Chairperson for Pretoria region for 3 years, and has been the Chairperson of National Youth committee since 2004. His tasks on the NEC involve the Junior Rangers and Liaison with People and Conservation of SANParks. He is also the NEC guardian of the Pretoria, Marakele and Midrand regions.
Cedric has been married to Lynne for 32 years, and they have three grown sons. He started his working career as a government excise officer (customs) dealing with legal and illegal alcohol manufacture and unlawful publications amongst others. He then changed his field and studied in the field of electrical engineering; completing his trade as a millwright.
This did not satisfy him, and he went into training and development and obtained an appropriate qualification. He is still in this field in his professional life. Both Cedric and Lynne are ordained ministers and apply a lot of their time in community work, squatter camps, old age homes abused women and street people. He has served on the Helderberg skills development forum, the Mayors’ Advice Committee and the Youth Forum. They have developed their own marriage enrichment seminar, and are involved with experimental music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients.
Cedric’s past is colourful, he even co-ordinated a radio program, and presented his own three hour radio programme, produced it, scanned the content for music and other details, in other words, a real “DJ”. His main passion is working with the “top of the food chain”; People.
Des Bothma: Statistics and National Sponsors
Des was appointed as an HR in the Free State Region in January 2003, and has been a member of the Free State RMC since January 2005. He was elected as the chairperson of the region in January 2008. Des is an instructor in the Grassveld Eco Zone course.
He has completed various HR related courses, amongst which are Arid Zone Orientation, KNP orientation, Savannah Grasslands orientation, Veld Interpretation and Park Heritage I and II. He has attended 7 Indabas since 2002. Des was elected as a member of the NEC at the Berg en Dal Indaba in 2008. His portfolio on the NEC is, the laborious task of HR statistics, building relationships with National Sponsors and he is the NEC guardian of Free State, Diamantveld and Karoo regions.
Des has been married to his wife Elza for 36 years; Elza is employed as a deeds secretary and also an HR. They have two sons and a daughter, Stefan, Gustav and Heidi are all holders of degrees, as is Des. He has a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Management, and has furthered this by becoming a certified Financial Planner as well as holder of a FACI (Fellow of the Association of Collective Investments) Diploma in Unit Trust Investments.
Des works for Old Mutual, and started his career with the company in 1973. The family have spent time in Cape Town, Pretoria and Kimberley, and they currently reside in Bloemfontein, having moved there in 1997. He is employed with the Old Mutual Investment Group (OMIGSA) as a Sales Executive for the Retail Sector. Apart from his interests in nature conservation and the HR corps, Des is a casual cyclist and enjoys a game of golf.
Eric Makondo: Transformation and Recruitment
Eric joined Letaba region as an applicant in 2004 and was fortunate to go for Orientation and Communication courses in the same year. He also completed Parks Heritage I course in 2007. He served at RMC since 2006 as a Secretary to date.
He was co-opted NEC member at Indaba2008, under Transformation and Recruitment portfolio. In 2009 he was elected NEC member under the same portfolio. He is currently co-opted NEC member after Indaba at Golden gate in 2010 under the same portfolio. He likes organising tour groups, accompanying them into KNP as their guide, and makes direct fundraising to SANParks.
He is married to Holly, who is an educator and they are blessed with two daughters and a son, Vutlhari (23), Mpfuxelelo (18) and Ntikelo (12). The elder daughter holds a BCom degree and is working for Absa at Malamulele branch. She has a four year old daughter named Kwetsima. The second daughter is lovely and likes drawing. The son likes accompanying his dad when performing duties in KNP. His dream is to be a Junior Ranger and later to be an Honorary Ranger like his dad.
Eric is a Deputy Principal at Magomani Primary School, Xikundu in Limpopo province. He stays at Malamulele town in Limpopo province. He likes serving his community which led him to volunteer to serve as a secretary of Levubu – Letaba Catchment’s Urgency working in collaboration with Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. In 2004, he was appointed the vice-chairperson of the Board of Directors of a private company, KMK Networking. From 1995 – 2003 he worked part time as a Manager of Salema Coaches Transport and Saselamani Garage respectively. It was at that time when he obtained a certificate in Cost Accounting and Tendering.
He holds the following qualifications: Primary Teachers Diploma, Science Education Diploma, and Further Diploma in Education management, BTech degree in Education Management and a certificate in OBE through technology.
Eric does freelance work, selling vehicles for McCarthy and comprehensive vehicle car insurance. He is currently a registered student with Unisa studying towards completion for a course in insurance studies.
Grant Coleman: Alien Invasives Task Group (AITG) and KNP South Liaison
Grant joined the HR Corps in 2001 with the Lowveld region, and immediately became involved with the Junior Rangers. He eventually moved over to assisting with the regions’ projects in 2007. He has been serving on the RMC for the past 3 1/2 years, as Vice chairperson, also doing the project co-ordination for the past 3 years.
Grant was nominated for a Merit award for his efforts at the Indaba in Marakele in 2007, and also became the National Project Leader for AITG at the same Indaba. He was co-opted to the NEC in 2008 at the Berg en Dal Indaba, his portfolio being AITG and KNP Liaison South. He is an avid tour guide and is a registered guide in Mpumalanga and KNP. Grant is the NEC guardian for Lowveld and Highveld regions.
He does freelance work for as a “Jeep Jockey” when the time allows, and is registered to do guided walks in the KNP, citing this as the ultimate learning experience. Grant is self employed in the sales of pumps and valves to the industry. He studied in Nature Conservation and it is his passion, shared by his family. Grant matriculated in 1984 and is a Jeppe “Old Boy”. He even became an Temporary Tourist Official for the (then) Parks Board, having worked in Lower Sabie and Skukuza, where he spent some time on the right wing for the local rugby club.
He earned his Diploma in Nature Conservation in Namibia in 1993, and worked for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. His stint with them saw him being a Ranger in Windhoek Regional Office from 1990 for three years where he did farm inspections and some law enforcement. After that, Warden at Okatjikona Environmental Education Centre at Waterberg Plateau Park near Otjiwarongo which kept him and Leslie busy for 4 years.
Grant and his colleague developed the place by themselves, doing all the planning, development, programmes, maintenance, gardening and cooking. A veritable “Jack of all trades” scenario. In 2000, Grant completed his National Higher Diploma in Veld and Game Management.
Grant’s wife for 20 years, Leslie, also an HR, is the Treasurer for the Lowveld region and supports him in all he does. Their son Kyle, who is 17 was born in Windhoek and attends boarding school in Grahamstown. He is also a Junior Ranger. Grant calls himself a firm supporter of SA rugby and will, when he really has to, say that he supports the Sharks and Stormers teams, their style being his main motivator. When he is not working for the environment and conservation Grant likes photography and farming and loves spending time with his family.
Eugène Joubert: HR Archive, National Projects
Eugéne joined as HR applicant in 2005 and was appointed on July 31st 2007. While still an applicant he was elected to the KZN region’s RMC in 2006 and served as secretary for the next three years. In 2009 he was elected chair and he still serve in this capacity. He is married to Gerda Joubert, also a honorary ranger and between them they have five children. They try to spend as much time as they can out of doors and travelling. In 2008 they travelled by vehicle all the way to the Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda and back visiting national parks along the way.
On completing a BSc honours degree in wildlife management he was appointed assistant game ranger in the Etosha Game Reserve in 1965 and worked in Namibia for 27 years. He received a master’s degree for research work on black rhino in Kaokoland and Damaraland and then his D.Sc. in Wildlife Management in 1972. He rose through the ranks to deputy director, in charge of Research and Information with the added portfolio of game capture and translocations, declining several promotions to remain head of research. From 1974 to 1975 he spent at the University of California, Davis, as visiting professor concentrating on park planning and environmental studies.
He has published 95 research papers. Other publications include a book “On the Clover Trail: The Plight of the World’s Rhinos” published by Gamsberg Macmillan in 1996; he co-authored the IUCN Action Plan for the Conservation of Antelopes and contributed chapters to books on conservation related matters.
While with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) in Namibia he was:
- Chairperson of the Elephant and Rhino Specialist Group of Southern African Regional Commission for the Conservation and Utilisation of Soil (S.A.R.C.C.U.S.);
- Founder member of the Rhino Management Group of southern Africa;
- Elected chairman for the southern African region for a U.N.E.P. (United Nations Environmental Programme) task force on elephant conservation (1991)
- Served on the C.S.I.R. Research Council for a period of 13 years (1975 - 1988)
- Delivered 19 invited papers at international symposia in the R.S.A., the Middle East, USA, Australia, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Venezuela, and Argentina;
- Served on the postgraduate evaluation committees for various universities (University of Pretoria; University of Stellenbosch; University of South Africa; University of California, Davis campus; University of California, Los Angeles campus; Arizona State University, Phoenix; Texas A & M, College Station).
In January 1993 he accepted a position as a senior consultant with IUCN, The World Conservation Union. Based in Riyadh he was consultant to conservation agencies through the Islamic region from Morocco in the west to central Asia in the east. He assisted with the development of policy guidelines for protected areas, reintroduction programmes, species conservation strategies and research activities. He retired at the end of 2004.
He served on the City Council of Windhoek from 1979 to 1988, as Deputy Mayor and Mayor from 1984 to 1988 and president of the Municipal Association of Namibia from 1987 to 1988.
Louis Lemmer: Communication
Louis joined the HR movement in 2003 and became a member of the Pretoria region. After completing his initial HR training he became interested in guiding and qualified himself as a field guide, as well as a trails guide. He is contracted as a free lance guide to Kruger National Park. (It beats golf as a hobby!) He and his wife Erika, also an HR, are involved in the Pretoria region’s Bush Camp team which organises Bush Camps out of Sand River Bush Camp in Kruger National Park.
They are regular visitors to Kruger, and love doing duty in Crocodile Bridge and other camps. They have a special place for Mapungubwe National Park in their hearts. Their love for nature is shared by their daughter Nicky. Since 2004 Louis managed Pretoria region’s activities in Rietvlei and Groenkloof Nature reserve. He was awarded an HR Green Merit Award by the region in 2010.
Louis became actively involved in the SANParks Forums on the SANParks website and was appointed as a moderator in 2008. Here he assisted with the launch of the Virtual Honorary Ranger region, and was a founding member of the region. With the establishment of the region in 2010 he was elected as the Vice-Chairperson of the region, also representing the region as national projects coordinator.
Louis was elected to the N.E.C. at the 2010 Indaba, and holds the communication portfolio. He wants to use modern technology to improve communication within the movement, increase a sense of unity and promote the HR movement and our activities to the general public. He is the NEC guardian of Letaba, Bushveld and Limpopo regions.
Growing up in Johannesburg he matriculated at Linden High School. His love for nature started as a small child with regular visits to Kruger and many weekends and holidays on the family farm near Polokwane (Pietersburg). He holds two degrees achieved at the R.A.U., where he was also elected to the student representative counsel. He then moved to the University of Pretoria where he achieved a further two post graduate degrees. He is a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church and is a pastor of a large congregation in Pretoria, where he is the chairperson of the board. He specializes in counselling and achieved his masters degree (cum laude) in marriage and family counselling. He is at this time busy with further studies in leadership development at the University of Pretoria.
Kendel Janson: Finance, Treasurer
At the end of 2002 Kendel completed a year-long environmental course during which she met a few Honorary Rangers. Originally from Zimbabwe, she was blissfully unaware that such a group existed and she jumped at the opportunity to join. As an applicant in 2003 she did every course available and was appointed as a National HR in 2004.
She volunteered for most activities – breaking down bomas in Marakele, assisting at shopping centre displays – but hardly ever said a word. At the end of 2004 she took over as Secretary of West Rand region and in 2005 she and Alison Esterhuysen (Jo’burg region) started visiting schools in Gauteng to raise awareness about conservation. Facing hundreds of noisy young kids on a regular basis soon cured her of her shyness and she has not kept quiet since!
She was one of the founder members of the Public Education & Awareness Project (PEAP). She and Alison embarked on a trip to the Cape in 2006, visiting five regions along the way to share the concept with them, and gave “PEAP shows” to a few schools and boy scout groups in Cape Town and Somerset West. Marriage and a move to Centurion in 2007 saw a gradual decline in the number of schools she could visit and she now helps out only occasionally but still serves as Treasurer of the National Project.
In 2008 she was elected Treasurer of West Rand region and took over as project leader of the Birding Weekend which has been run by the region for the last 12 years and has grown from a few guests in 1989 to a record 689 in 2010. She was also co-opted as a member of the NEC Financial sub-committee.
Travelling to West Rand started taking its toll and, at the end of 2009, the green light was given to establish a new region to serve the Midrand and Centurion areas. However, Kendel still had commitments to West Rand region for the 2010 birding weekends so the new region only officially opened its doors in March this year. She serves as Chairperson and is certain that Midrand region is going to become very successful as the members are all very enthusiastic and full of great ideas. Kendel is the NEC guardian for the West rand and East rand regions.
In order to support her passion as an Honorary Ranger, she works from home and provides bookkeeping, administration and related services to small businesses.
Willie Maluleke: Transformation, Recruitment
Willie was born at Xikundu in Limpopo and raised in both Xikundu and Johannesburg. He was appointed as an HR in 2008 at East Rand HR and was served on the East Rand Regional Management Committee in 2009. In 2010 he was co-opted member of the NEC to serve on the Transformation, Recruitment and Retention of HDI’s portfolio.
He holds a B.Admin.Hons degree, an MBA and strings of Diplomas in Events Management, Advanced Financial Management, Advanced Personnel Management, Advanced Marketing, Human Resources Management, Project Management and Leadership Development.
He took up employment in the Public Service in 1998. He held a position of a Senior Officer in the Gauteng Department of Education, an Assistant Director and Deputy Director at the Gauteng Department of Social Development and he is now a Director in the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), the state Agency responsible for the disbursement of social grants. Until 1997 he was an assistant teacher, and taught Mathematics and Afrikaans.
He has been involved in community development projects and he established the Xifaxani Development Forum. He is also a member of the Men’s Guild of the Presbyterian Church of SA.
Willie has a passion for nature and likes travelling a lot. He is a member of the Ha Famba Travelling Club. He has a passion for photography and captures every memorable moment.