Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the Kloofendal Nature Reserve, which was right next to my grandparents’ house. My cousins and I would never miss an opportunity to persuade my grandfather to take us on a “guided walk” through the reserve. Since a young age, this has instilled in me a love for the natural world.
After school I graduated from Centurion Academy with a National Diploma in Nature Management and Tshwane University of Technology with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Nature Conservation. Along the way I earned my Level 1 Field Guide of South Africa qualification. During this period I assisted in several research projects, working in collaboration with The University of Witwatersrand, SANBI and WWF. I picked up valuable experience in reserve management and got exposed to the environmental education side of conservation.
I am passionate about the conservation and management of southern African ecosystems, especially the overlooked and important role flora plays. I love working with people as it is our country’s greatest asset. I am looking forward to getting my hands dirty and learning from people that share my passion for the natural world.