The Magaliesberg Biosphere non-profit company has appointed members to the board.

On 25 September last year the first step was taken to appoint a management board for the Magaliesberg Biosphere.  During the weeks that followed all stakeholders were encouraged to identify and nominate individuals with the skill, interest and experience to both represent an interest group and lead the work of the biosphere.

Voting opened on 1 December and each nominee was introduced to the stakeholders on the website and on facebook.  Votes were counted on 15 December in a formal manner, with Kevin Gill and Mercia Komen present for civil society, a number of officials from North West, and National Department of Environmental Affairs provided oversight.

There were no nominations received to represent Mining, the Cradle of Humankind, or Land occupiers (people living in the Biosphere but not as landowners).

Thirteen other interest groups are presented by 10 board members.   Congratulation to those appointed, and thanks to all who made themselves available.


Member Interest Group Interest Group
Hermien van Schalkwyk Tourism and Recreation Commerce and Industry
Thabo Lekwane Molamu Heritage  
Tshepo Modise Education Sustainable Development
Paul Fatti Natural resource conservation  
Mirriam Modisakeng Culture  
Andrew Murray Landowners  
Elna van Niekerk Benefactors  
Gerry Comninos Conservancies Municipal Planning
Hein van der Walt Marketing, Legal and other services  
Paul Bartels Research  
No nominations Mines  
No nominations Land Occupiers  
No nominations Cradle of Humankind  

Vincent Carruthers of the Magaliesberg Biosphere Initiative Group commented “This was not an election of winners over losers. The success of the Biosphere will not merely depend on an appointed few; it will need every candidate, whether or not they were elected to the board, to keep playing a leadership role in finding ways for the Magaliesberg region to attain the goals of prosperity while enhancing the environment”.

We invite all candidates - and any other interested party - to volunteer.  Reach out by completing this short form.

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