The AGM will certainly usher in major changes in the leadership of the KBRC.
Vice-chairperson Dr Philip Fourie announced his plans to retire from the board, but undertook to continue with his work on the second Ten Year Report to UNESCO on the state of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, which is due next year.
Fanie Krige’s term as director is coming to an end at the AGM and in view of his new political role at Overstrand Municipality is also planning to step down, but hope to remain part of the advisory committee.
We also need to elect a new financial director.
I am on record that I think there should be a change at the helm regularly to ensure that we as organization remain vigorous and on the ball, but after discussions with several important role players, a long and hard introspection, and the fact that we also losing our deputy chair, I decided that I will be available for re-election for the next term … on condition that a strong new deputy chair is appointed as soon as possible to take over the reigns by end 2017.
In addition, Dr Ruida Stanvliet-Pool had relinquished her position as chairperson of the company’s technical advisory committee at the KBRC’s meeting on Thursday 28 September in Kleinmond because of greater demands for her services at the SA Biosphere Reserves Trust. As CapeNature’s expert on biosphere reserves she also plays a leading role nationally and in the Southern Africa region.
Steve Gildenhuys, CapeNature conservation services manager at Jonkershoek near Stellenbosch, was appointed by Cape Nature and duly elected to take over from her at the helm. The technical advisory committee, which also functions together with the stakeholders committee, consists of stakeholders, such as the City of Cape Town, Overberg District Municipality, Overstrand Municipality, Theewaterskloof Municipality, the Department of Agriculture, the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Cape Nature, Arabella Country Estate, Marine Protected Areas, Groenlandberg Biosphere Reserve Forum and Kleinmond Nature Conservation Society and others.