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Flower Valley Staff

Flower Valley has a diverse and qualified team with expertise in alien clearing, sustainable harvesting, database management, legal governance, horticulture, early childhood development and education.

OUR aim is to have well-skilled and happy staff that can be a source of verifiable information and provide assistance to the communities Flower Valley serves, based on their needs.

Roger Bailey

Roger has been with Flower Valley Conservation Trust since 2003 and has a Baccalaureus Technology for Nature Conservation from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He currently holds a position on the board of Cape Flora South Africa and the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy Committee to provide strategic insights on the wild cut flower industry and conservation within the conservancy. 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. His passion is to better understand and contribute towards a pragmatic, effective and an economically feasible application of Natural Resource Management on private land within the fynbos landscape. Email: roger@flowervalley.co.za

Esna Swart

Esna Swart joined Flower Valley Conservation Trust in 2018. She is a cartographer specialising in photogrammetry and Geographic Information Systems and has consulted for various local and international organisations in a variety of sectors, including the conservation sectors. Esna is passionate about the unique biodiversity in Agulhas, as well as contributing towards improving the lives of people in her community. Email: esna@flowervalley.co.za 

Kirsten Watson

Kirsten joined the Flower Valley team in late 2016, to further develop her love for botany and help protect fynbos. She completed her Honours in Botany and her Masters in Conservation Biology and previously worked for the Endangered Wildlife Trust and as a Research Assistant at SANBI. Her experience has exposed her to the impacts of illegal harvesting of plants such as Cycads and Brunia, and finding methods to protect and sustainably utilise wild species. She believes that targeted social interventions are a prerequisite to sustain biodiversity conservation outcomes, and working at Flower Valley as a Project Specialist provides a space to do this. Kirsten loves spending time walking in the fynbos at Flower Valley Farm. Email: kirsten@flowervalley.co.za

 

Faye Graham

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 in a variety of industries and has experience working 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. She is currently working as a Project Specialist for the Trust.  Email: faye@flowervalley.co.za

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;

 

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 is part of 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

 

Shaquille Benjamin

Shaquille Benjamin joined Flower Valley Conservation Trust as an intern ecologist in April 2021. He completed his undergraduate degree in biodiversity and conservation biology at the University of the Western Cape and his honours degree in biodiversity and ecology at Stellenbosch University. During his internship at flower valley he would like to improve his faunal and floral identification skills and learn more about the relationships between the different organisms that occurs within fynbos, especially on the Flower Valley Farm. He also partakes in an ocean initiative called SeaTheBiggerPicture as a volunteer and mentor by taking kids snorkelling for their first time and teaching them about the intertidal zones found along our coast. Email: Shaquille.benjamin@flowervalley.co.za

Sithembiso Ngaphu

Flower Valley farm is maintained and cared for by Sithembiso, 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 block burns. He is well skilled in making a plan with limited resources.

 

Mawande Makaba

Mawande joined Flower Valley in late 2020, after completing a course in Indigenous Horticulture and Life Skills at the Grootbos Foundation’s Green Futures College. He enjoys working in the nursery and gardening, and in his spare time is an excellent soccer player.

Wilma Elliot

Wilma moved to Gansbaai in 2019, and soon after joined Flower Valley, providing administration support to the Flower Valley 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.” Wilma is passionate about helping people and is always interested to take on new challenges. Email: Wilma.elliot@flowervalley.co.za

 

Rita Graham

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

 

Nomzame Ndlova

Nomzame lives and works with families in Eluxolweni and provides Early Childhood support to mothers and young children. Before starting work with Flower Valley in October 2017,  she finished her matric and worked as a flower harvester in the Pearly Beach areas. She is interested in learning more about technology and agriculture in her free time. 

 

Lindeka Agrinette Nojaja

Lindeka has worked with Flower Valley since May 2018, and provides early childhood support to mothers and young children in Eluxolweni. She previously worked for a cleaning company and was part of an invasive alien clearing team. In her current job, she really enjoys entertaining young children through reading story books and story telling from the heart – this is her favourate part of the job.

 

Daniélle Wolvaardt

Daniélle works with families in Baardkeerdersbos and provides Early Childhood support to mothers and young children. She is currently completing her degree in Psychology and Physiology, and also works as an aftercare teacher at De Kleine Gansies. Email: danielle.wolvaart@flowervalley.co.za 

 

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