Board of Trustees

Petronel Nieuwoudt

started her career in the Endangered Species Protection Unit (a specialized unit of the Police) where she held the rank of captain. In 1999 she left the police service and started The Game Capture School.

With more than 20 years of experience in the care and conservation of wild animals, Petronel has now consolidated her efforts to develop a centre in Mpumalanga, South Africa that is totally devoted to the care and rehabilitation of African wild animals – in all shapes and sizes! Having run The Game Capture School for ten years, which was the first comprehensive school in South Africa to offer courses that focused on the theoretical and practical aspects of all forms of wildlife capture and care, Petronel has formed Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC in the scenic area of Barberton – just outside Nelspruit in Mpumalanga.

Care, hand rearing, management and capture of infant, injured and/or orphaned animals are the passions that drive the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC. Petronel is also one of a few who has specialized in the care of orphaned and injured rhino. The centre has a designated area that is especially built to cater for these magnificent species.

Chris de Bruno Austin

is globally recongnized as a forest and wild fire specialist. He is MD of WoF International and CEO of the Kishugu Group of Companies. Chris was responsible for the successful implementation of the South African Government’s Working on Fire Programme. This resulted in the Programme being internationally recognized as the benchmark for rural job creation. The Kishugu Group currently employs, amongst others, over 6,200 fire fighters in south Africa and approximately 1,200 fire fighters in Chile.

He was instrumental in the planning and development of various international projects, e.g. the first climate change project for Peace Parks Foundation in Western Zambia, developing the forestry skills of thousands of small-scale farmers in Africa, developing vegetation management prescriptions for various National Parks in India and growing the integrated fire management business in the plantation forests of Latin America.

Chris is the author and co-author of numerous technical papers and fire management plans including Ngorongoro, Serengeti and the Okavango Delta and was involved for many years with the SavFIRE research project in the Kruger National Park.

Collin Jennings

Collin Jennings is one of South Africa’s most experienced professional speakers and trainers. He is also the principal member of Jennings & Associates, a training organization with offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, White River and Durban. Jennings & Associates specializes in the training of all levels of delegates in Body and Mind Practices, Leadership, Public Speaking, Change Management, Strategic Thinking, Motivation and Personal Wellness.

Collin is a specialist in business and executive coaching and strategic thinking. Collin is an entrepreneur who started as an engineering trainee in 1977, later switched to marketing and worked his way through the ranks from salesman to General Manager of a large American company before switching careers and joining the organization which he now owns.

He has extensive experience in the manufacturing, wholesale and retail sectors. Jennings & Associates has subsequently worked with the majority of South Africa’s premier companies, some of these being, Imperial Holdings, Rand Merchant Bank, Momentum, Coca Cola, Chemserve, Vodacom and many others.

Nico Oosthuizen

has 24 years’ experience in the forestry industry. He is a divisional director for Working on Fire International under the division New Markets. He has a B.Proc UNISA, 1993. He is responsible for the Groups strategy and expansion into new markets.

He is a member of the Groups Global Executive Committee. President of General Council for WoF Mozambique. Responsible for establishing new company, its operations and partnership relations with the Mozambican Government and its parastatals who are all shareholders. President and member of the Executive Committee of Barberton Chamber of Business. Member of the Task team for Barberton Makhonjwa World Heritage Site.

Director of Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism. NPO member of the Board of Directors of Mpumalanga Tourism Authority.

Advisory Board

Sam Ferreira (SANParks) – Ecology
Markus Hofmyer (SANParks) – Veterinary
Jan Muller (MTPA) – Environmental Legal Matters

Krista Krieger – US Relations
Prof. Winston Trollip – Fire Ecology