Manager of Jejane PNR & Warden of Mohlabetsi South Nature Reserve - Balule
Shareholder at site #17
I was born in Zambia and moved to South Africa at an early age. I grew up and attended school in Johannesburg. As a child, my parents were forever taking my brother and me on holidays to the coast and into the bush, which is where my passion for wildlife and conservation began. Following school, I moved to Cape Town to study Nature Conservation. I was then called up to do my military service in the Air Force and was fortunate to join a conservation unit, (the SADF held a third of all conservation areas in the country back then). Following my national service, I longed for a conservation related environment and became qualified as a scuba diving instructor, managing a dive school and a dive shop and which gave me the opportunity to spend large amounts of time in the ocean.
My father, Jim had bought shares in Jejane (then Vienna Game Farm) in 1988 and my family and I would visit as often as time would allow. I undertook a number of my practical assignments for my Nature Conservation qualification on Jejane and was involved in the original construction of the western boundary fence. In 1995 I was employed as the reserve manager and have been associated with Jejane for the past 30 years.
Jejane has naturally changed a lot over the years since its inception and it has been a privilege to be a part of it for so long. My desire is to see it secured for what it set out to be, a piece of nature in the way it was intended, where the natural laws determine our actions, to be enjoyed, appreciated and respected by all that visit it.
Assistant Manager of Jejane PNR and Assistant Warden of Mohlabetsi South Nature Reserve – Balule
Reserve – Balule
I was born in Rustenburg and moved at the age of 9 to Komatipoort where I grew up on a farm. I attended Nelspruit High School. Growing up on a farm, my love for the bush and outdoor living started.
After school, I attended Ranger Guide Training School in a dangerous game region and completed a Field Guide Course. While applying for a position in the bush, I worked on an agricultural farm / game farm. I spent a few years farming before moving to Hoedspruit, where I started working at Off Beat Safaris, as a game farm assistant, working with and educating overseas volunteers about the bush. We also did many horse trails.
From there, I was appointed on Jejane Private Nature Reserve in 2004, as assistant farm manager and bush camp manager. I did my FGASA Field Guiding in 2009, and been associated with Jejane for the last 14 years.
I hope to see Jejane as a part of nature that everyone can still experience the wildlife and appreciate it. A place where nature will take its natural course and which we can preserve for generations to come, to love and appreciate the small things in nature – not just the big.
Farm Administrator of Jejane PNR
I was born in the Cape Province and moved up to the Highveld with my folks when I was still a toddler.
My hubby has always been a bush lover and my passion for the bush grew when we relocated to Hoedspruit in 2007. I started working on Jejane in 2007, left in 2011 and was only too happy to return when the position was available again in 2014.
I have my accounting qualifications and my diploma in PRPA, and handle the administrative duties on the farm. It is always such a pleasure to see the shareholders come and visit, and hear of the wonderful times they experience in this amazing haven.
I am truly blessed to be able to work in a beautiful piece of heaven on earth.