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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.

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Chris de Bruno Austin

is globally recongnized as a forest and wild fire specialist. He is MD of WoF International/ Kishugu Holdings Limited (Mauritius) 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. WoF International  currently employs approximately 1,200 fire fighters in Chile and seasonal fire fighters in Australia.

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.


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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 AND 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.

Mark Ngwenyama

has over 22 years working in the political sphere.  He is the Relationship Manager for the Barberton Chamber of Business, Batobic programme.

He has a National Certificate from the Department of Higher Education which he obtained in 1991.

He has successfully led in the community liaison and political support coordination for the recently inscribed Barberton Makhonjwa World Heritage Site, the first in Mpumalanga Province, sine 2010.  He has also worked in Parliament for the ANC Parliamentary Caucus and the Parliamentary Constituency Office as an Office Administrator and has more than 18 years’ work experience with communities in Barberton and surrounding areas.

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