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Flower Valley Conservation Trust

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Roger Bailey

Roger has been with Flower Valley Conservation Trust since 2003. Prior to this, he worked as Senior Project Manager for Working for Water at the Agulhas National Park, where he managed the Working for Water programme within the park. He has also worked as a researcher for the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. Email: roger@flowervalley.co.za;

DATA MANAGER

Esna Swart

Esna Swart joined Flower Valley Conservation Trust in 2018. She is a cartographer specialising in photogrammetry & GIS and has consulted for various local & international organisations in a variety of sectors, including the conservation sectors. Email: esna@flowervalley.co.za 

NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGER

Kirsten Watson

Kirsten joined the Flower Valley team as the Conservation Extension and Applied Research Coordinator in late 2016. She completed her Honours in Botany and her Masters in Conservation Biology. Previously she worked for the Endangered Wildlife Trust in the Wildlife and Energy Programme in the West Coast. She also previously worked as a Research Assistant at SANBI. She’s now moved to the Overberg to further develop her love for botany and help protect fynbos. Email: kirsten@flowervalley.co.za;

ALIEN CLEARING PROJECT MANAGER

Stanley Engel

Born in Elim, Stanley has been an Overberg local for most of his life. He completed his Honours Degree in Geography and Rural Development from the University of Western Cape. With his extensive knowledge of the area and enjoyment of working with people, Stanley joined the Flower Valley team in January 2018. He likes working with the community, training and developing their skills set, whilst creating awareness around opportunities for career growth in conservation. Email: stanley@flowervalley.co.za;

FIELD EXTENSION OFFICER

Mitch Afrika

Mitch Afrika joined the Flower Valley Conservation Trust team in June 2019. His role includes managing the farm, welcoming visitors to the Farm, as well as implementing projects on the farm. Mitch joins the team with knowledge in alien clearing management, habitat protection, organic farming as well as tourism, learned as an Environmental intern at Boschendal farm. He completed his BSc in Conservation Ecology. Email: mitch@flowervalley.co.za;

ADMINISTRATOR

Wilma Elliot

Wilma moved to Gansbaai in 2019, and soon after joined Flower Valley, providing administration support to the NRM team. Wilma grew up in Rustenburg in the North West. She studied and registered as a nurse, and worked as a nurse there for many years, until her son was born. Subsequently she has owned and managed her own businesses, and has worked in several administrative roles. She says of working at Flower Valley: “I have the best office, with the best views in the world.”

GARDEN CO-ORDINATOR

Unati Siyotula

After completing her National Diploma in Horticulture at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, in 2017 – Unati went on to do her in-service training at a nursery in George, and at the Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens. Now, Unati joins the Flower Valley Team as the Gardens Coordinator and sees her new role at Flower Valley as a challenge, and as an opportunity to grow her fynbos knowledge and passion. Email: unati@flowervalley.co.za

FARM MAINTENANCE

Sithembiso Nqapha 

Flower Valley farm is maintained and cared for by Sithembiso Nqapha, who has worked for the Trust since 2007. He is  responsible for maintaining the farm, clearing the land of invasive alien plants, and maintaining roads and other infrastructure. He also supports neighbouring farms, to help with alien clearing and managed block burns.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Faye joined Flower Valley in June 2018. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Unisa, and was admitted as an Advocate in 2017. Prior to joining the Flower Valley team, she worked for the SAPS, dealing primarily with labour disputes and civil claims. After witnessing the negative impact that crime has on our communities, Faye decided she wanted to be a part of an initiative that seeks to tackle the challenges facing this country before they become statistics. Today, in addition to her duties at the Trust, she also works in web development, creating dynamic websites for small businesses. Email: faye@flowervalley.co.za

 

ECD ADMINISTRATION AND REGISTRATION

Rita Graham

Rita has worked in a variety of industries over her 40-year career. Her experience ranges from finance, management and the substance abuse recovery industry. She brings a skill set well suited to deal with the dynamic and ever growing needs of the Flower Valley Early Childhood Development team and is a welcome and valuable addition to it. Email: rita@flowervalley.co.za

 

HOME-BASED CO-ORDINATOR

Kieran Whitley

Kieran started at Flower Valley Conservation Trust in October 2017 with a Degree in Social Work from Stellenbosch University in 2009 behind her belt. Kieran’s open heart towards children and knowledge of working with parents and educators, brings a real asset to the ECD Programme. She loves being involved in helping develop more responsible, aware and connected children. Email: kieran@flowervalley.co.za

HOME-BASED FIELD WORKER

Nomzame Ndlova

Nomzame lives and works with families in Eluxolweni and provides Early Childhood support to mothers and young children. 

HOME-BASED FIELDWORKER

Lindeka Agrinette Nojaja

Lindeka lives and works with families in Eluxolweni and provides Early Childhood support to mothers and young children.

HOME-BASED FIELD WORKER

Daniella Wolvaart

Daniella works with families in Baardkeerdersbos and provides Early Childhood support to mothers and young children. She is currently completing her degree in Phycology and Physiology, and also works as an aftercare teacher at Dev  Kliene Gansies.

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