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WEHNCKE V D MERWE

SANParks Buffer Zone Coordinator

Wehncke has a strong hsitory with enviornmentally focused NPO’s – having worked for AWARD (Association for Water and Rural Deveopment) prior to his appointment with K2C.   His focus at AWARD was on improviment the awareness of biodversity and insuring its incorporation ito local municpal land use planning processes.   Backing him up , he has a Deveopment and Envrionmental undergraduate degree and has finiahed a Post Graduate Dimploma in Enviornmental Management.  He is currently in th process of completing his Masters which is focussing on taking an ecosystems approach to development planning at local Municipal level.

NICHOLAS THERON

Stewardship Coordinator

Nicholas Theron has a B-Tech in Game Ranch Management and a Masters in Genetics, which he was awarded with honours. The focus of Nicholas’ research was on aspects of the ecology, conservation and genetics of Southern Ground Hornbill, during his employment with Mabula Ground Hornbill Project.  Thereafter, he took up a position with BirdLife South Africa, where he held various positions running different projects.   Nicholas was then employed by K2C as the Stewardship Coordinator in Octo 2016 where his primary task will be to secure critical watersheds along the Drakensberg Escarpment.


JEN NEWENHAM

Ecologist

Jenny has an Honour’s Degree in Zoology, with a strong focus on freshwater ecology. She is busy with her part-time Master’s Degree on dolphins in southern Mozambique, although far from the K2C, it is indicative of her passion for all types of ecosystems. Jenny has 26 years experience working the field of conservation (much of it within the K2C landscape) in a variety of disciplines ranging from protected area management to ecological monitoring and environmental training.

MARIE-TINKA UYS


Biosphere Coordinator/ Bioregional Programme Integrator


Marie-Tinka obtained a Master’s Degree at the University of Witwatersrand. She has 20 years of experience in capacity building and 15 years working experience in the UNESCO MaB programme.

FRANS LESOKA

SANParks Biodiversity  Special Programmes NRM Cluster Manager

Frans completed his Batchelor’s Degree at the Tswane University of Technology and he has 10 years working experience in the implementation of Natural Resource Management Programmes.

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MBALI MASHELE

Project Manager: Working for Ecosystems


Mbali completed her BSc (Hons) with distinction in 2016. Besides Managing all the Working for Ecosystems Programmes in the K2C, she is also busy with her Master’s Degree Studies through University of Kwa Zulu Natal. She has been awarded a Green Matter-Mapula Scholarship for her research on the Socio-Economic value of Vultures.

MINA BUTHELEZI

Project Manager: Environmental Monitor Programme


Mina, who was born and bred in The Willows village in Maruleng completed her B.Tech degree at the Tswane University of Technology.  She has four years of experience in the Environmental Monitor Programme.

VUSI TSHABALALA

Project Manager: Environmental Monitor Programme


Vusi is from the Acornhoek Area and has completed his National Diploma in conservation at the Tswane University of Technology. He has seven years’ experience in Conservation.

The K2C BSP Team is also supported by the following staff members: