I have been coming to Jejane since 1995, first as a guest of the Hugo’s at No7 and then No19. In 2005, Sandy and I bought site No7 and we have been using the house regularly since then, especially since my retirement in 2010.
While the bushveld was new to us as we grew up in the Cape we have learnt to love its varying seasons and different ecology. I have been a ‘twitcher’ since the 80s and Jejane opened up a totally new range of birds for me. Thanks to Jane and Pierre Hugo I have also learnt about the other fauna and flora.
I spend my time in Hermanus with its sea and whales, my orchid collection, my apiary and model radio-controlled gliders. Then, when that north wester starts blowing, I head for Jejane with its wonderful climate and great neighbours. We are truly spoilt and for that I am forever grateful.
We, as a family, come from a farming background in the Eastern Cape. My husband Paul, my son Jean, and I are qualified field guides, registered with FGASA. My husband and son are also qualified back up trail guides.
I completed a 12-month bushveld training course with Bushveld Training Adventures, and various tree, bird and other courses. Our whole family are scuba divers, and have always spent as much time as possible in the bush or in nature. We always have a couple of books at hand when we are in the bush to look up anything of interest. We bought a share in site No16 at Jejane in June 2015.
I serve as trustee on a number of wildlife conservation trusts. The conservation of fauna and flora has always been close to my heart. I am passionate about Jejane, its future and its conservation as a legacy to the next generation of shareholders.
We are a family with young children who think Jejane is the perfect place to give the kids a true appreciation of the bush and the beautiful country we live in. We are relative new comers to the Jejane family and relish every opportunity to get out of the city and be with nature and all her wonders.
We share our Site, Perfect 10, with the Michaelides family. Being on the Board gives me a great opportunity to preserve this little piece of heaven for our future generations and to society more broadly. In order to fund my Jejane habit I am responsible for strategy at the investment arm of a large financial services provider.
Pierre and Jane Hugo built #19 with Pierre’s brother André in 2000 after spending many years with his parents (André & Lucille) at #7 which was built in the early days of Jejane. Pierre’s love for the bush was nurtured in the Timbavati where his uncle (also Pierre) had farms.
Pierre is a vet and Jane a dietician. They farmed dairy cattle in the Magaliesburg for the early part of their marriage before the severe drought in 1984 “chased” them back to Hermanus where they had met and married 10 years earlier. Pierre practiced as a vet while Jane raised their three children, only to start farming abalone 7 years later which kept them both busy for the last 30 years.
Pierre retired about a year ago but has been kept busy with several interests including building site 39 on Jejane, wave energy, cosmology and his security portfolio on the Jejane board.
The long term goal of installing electronic perimeter intrusion detection systems for the southern farms of Balule has proven extremely challenging and obtaining donations to fund this endevour through the BCAP trust remains a major learning curve to conquer.