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The Western Cape Umbrella Association For Conservation of Private Land

About Us

Who we are

 

 

Our members consist of conservancies and conservation minded landowners of the Western Cape.  See map under the About us Section for more information. 


Liz Eglington

C@W Chairperson

Liz Eglington is the owner and farmer of Blue Sky Organics, which became the first certified organic olive farm in South Africa in 2001.  She served on the Board of the SA National Organic Sector Organisation (SAOSO) for 7 years and was instrumental in formulating the SA Organic Policy Document. Liz was awarded Woman Farmer of the Year in 2005 and is a passionate conservationist who runs workshops and training courses on her farm showing how agriculture and conservation can be synonymous.


Mossie Basson

Mossie Basson

Mossie Basson started his conservation career as ecological planer for Transvaal Nature Conservation 1980, this followed with experience as reserve manager of Suikerbosrand nature reserve, district service manager for Thabazimbi and specialist conservationist Eastern Cape Stewardship programs and then special investigation unit of the Eastern Cape, District service manager stationed at Vrolijkheid. Mossie is the Conservation Manager at Graham Beck Farms since 2002 and under his mentor ship the farm established Biodiversity Campion status in 2006.  He was instrumental in the formation of the Rooiberg Breede River conservancy 2006 and the Karoo Conservation Fund with The Wilderness Foundation and The Game Reserve Brand of wines


 

Heather Epstein

Heather Epstein

C@W Secretary

Heather Epstein is a part time scientific researcher at UCT .She partners running a small export Protea farm and has been actively involved with the Schapenberg Sir Lowry’s Conservancy since its inception in 2000

 


 

Kei Heyns

Kei Heyns

C@W Treasurer

Kei, hailing from Plettenberg Bay, has an academic conservation background graduating with a BTech, cum laude, in Nature Conservation from Saasveld, NMU George Campus. Kei is senior ranger at Fransmanshoek Conservancy near Mossel Bay, where he is actively engaged in natural resource management of the area. He is an outdoor enthusiast, which reflects in all aspects of his life. His love for the outdoors spills over into the facets of his work which focuses on maintaining the integrity and health of ecosystem services. He believes that by fostering care for the natural environment that sustains us, will in turn instil an increased health and well-being for all. Kei has a keen interest in Socio-ecological systems thinking and resilience science.


 

Keir Lynch

Keir Lynch

C@W Vice Chair

Keir Lynch has been working within the conservation management sector for the past two decades. Since 2012, Keir has been working on landscape conservation, corridor creation and natural resource management with the CapeNature Biodiversity Stewardship Programme (2012-2015), the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust (2015-Present) and Bionerds.co.za, a conservation planning business operated with his wife, Alouise. Keir has a keen passion for habitat specialist species and strives to conserve and link the ecosystems they are reliant on, across various land use patterns in the landscape.

 


 

Di Marais

Di Marais

Dianne Marais has been with Conservation at Work from its inception as WCCSA in 2006.  Dianne saw the association grow to where Conservation at Work is today. Dianne Marais a microbiologist by trade, is the chairperson of the Hermanus Botanical Society and involved in the conservation of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve and surrounds. Dianne has a passion for the environment and has been actively involved in the conservancy environment for the past 20 years with many great success stories of which the Schapenberg / Sir Lowry’s Conservancy is but one.


 

Garth Mortimer

Garth Mortimer

Partner representative

Garth Mortimer is employed by CapeNature as the Senior Manager for Protected Area Expansion and Stewardship. The main focus of Garths work is to provide strategic leadership and operational guidance to ensure that CapeNature’s Stewardship Programme, Protected Area Expansion Strategy and Landscape Conservation Initiatives, including biodiversity corridors, World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves are effectively implemented and results in an adequate and representative protected area network being secured and effectively managed


 

Francis Steyn

Francis Steyn

Partner Representative

Francis Steyn LandCare co-ordinator for the Western Cape obtained a master’s Degree in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of the Free State. He has been employed in the Department of Agriculture in the Western Cape for 41 years and has extensive experience in sustainable resource management. Specialist field he has worked in are irrigation, conservation agriculture, area wide planning and community based natural resource management. He is passionate about the sustainable management of our natural resources and the people that manage these resources.


 

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Gareth Boothway

Partner Representative

Gareth started his conservation career in 1998, working at Volgelgat and Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus. He spend most of his 20 years in the conservation sector working in all the major biomes across South Africa and the central Namib Desert, being employed by Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife the Namibian Government (Namib-Naukluft National Park), were his focus were Environmental Education, Protected Area Management and Project Management.  For the last 7 years has been developing tools for and implementing Biodiversity Stewardship in KwaZulu-Natal where he assisted in the establishment of the Midlands Conservancies Forum and also where he joined WWF-SA.  This has been a rewarding time in his career where he has worked together with farmers to secure the long term protection of some of South Africa’s most special biodiversity and ecosystems through the establishment of several new protected areas.