It gives me great pleasure to confirm that CapeNature has appointed four new Board members to the CapeNature Conservation Board with effect from 1 March 2013. These appointments are for a period of five years until February 2018.
The Board members are:
Dr Bruce McKenzie, currently a lecturer in Nature Conservation at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) brings a wealth of governance, development and transformation experience to CapeNature. Whilst serving as the Executive Director of the Botanical Society of South Africa (1997-2008), Dr McKenzie was instrumental in implementing tighter financial control and securing more professional staff.
Ms Merle McOmbring-Hodges is at the forefront of environmental education and sustainable community development. Her success was demonstrated with the Service Learning Project winning 2nd price in the International McJanet Talloires Project in 2009, a competition between 19 countries and 60 universities. Ms McOmbring-Hodges is currently employed at CPUT as Director: International Affairs and is able to contribute significantly on matters relating to conservation, financial, governance and partnership policies.
Advocate Mandla Mdlulu is well known to CapeNature as he has served as a Board member from 2005 to 2010. His re-appointment confirms his ability to add value to the legal requirements and compliance in the conservation arena, coupled with his drive to ‘green’ poor communities.
Mr Danie Nel has since 1996, worked extensively across municipalities in the Western Cape in the fields of strategic planning, transformation and development, after serving in the Department of Justice as Public Prosecutor and Magistrate for 14 years.