To All Rooiberg Bewaria Members and Friends
ROOIBERG BEWARIA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - ROTATION OF CHAIRPERSON
For the past four years, Herc Hoffman has chaired the Executive Committee of Rooiberg Bewaria. During Herc’s tenure, Rooiberg Bewaria has grown in stature – its membership base has grown threefold to 40 Full Members plus 25 Ordinary Members and 28 Non-Commercial Members and Friends of Bewaria.
At its most recent Executive Committee meeting, it was unanimously agreed that the chairmanship of the Committee should be periodically rotated and that a new Chairman be appointed.
In this regard, your Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Chris Ransome, who has served on the Committee since 2015, was appointed the Chairman of the Committee with effect from 1 May 2019 and that Herc Hoffman will continue to serve on the Committee heading the portfolio of ‘General Operations’.
On behalf of all Rooiberg Bewaria stakeholders, we extend our sincere appreciation for the selfless contribution that Herc has made to the success of Rooiberg Bewaria over the past 4 years and thank him for his continued service in his new role on the Committee.
ROOIBERG BEWARIA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
15 May 2019
Chris is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and has a post-graduate qualification in Company Law. He has a wealth of business experience and is the Executive Chairman of various high profile industrial companies. Chris established Rotavi Private Game Reserve in 2005 after selling his previous farm in the Springbok Flats.
Chris is passionate about the Rooiberg Bewaria area as he regards it as a tranquil sanctuary for its wide-ranging fauna and flora, and a privilege for all the people who inhabit it. Chris, together with neighbouring farms, founded and managed the Rhenoster, Fire, Conservation and Security Association (FCSA) in 2008 which principally included the establishment of highly successful boomed and manned monitoring / filter points. The FCSA was subsequently incorporated into Rooiberg Bewaria in 2015, during which year Chris joined as an Exco Member. Chris is also an avid rotor wing pilot.
Dr. Hoffman obtained his MB.ChB in 1973 and MMed (Paed) at the University of Stellenbosch in 1980. He has a wealth of experience in strategic management, business strategy and management consulting. He has been in several high-profile positions in the medical industry and is currently the CEO of PPS Health Care Administrators. Herc is a shareholder of a farm in the Rooiberg Area, is a founder member of the Rooiberg Bewaria and accepted the position as chairman of Rooiberg Bewaria in July 2015.
Dr Anton De Swardt is qualified with BCom Law LLB LLD degrees practising as an attorney in Brooklyn Pretoria and is primary involved in constitutional public administrative and commercial law litigation in different divisions of the High Court of South Africa. Anton has been farming in the Rooiberg Bewaria area since 2000 and during 2008 he and his wife Sally commenced breeding rare game such as disease-free buffalo, sable antelope, nyala, heart water springbok as well as other plains game including kudu.
They consider their Pretoria home as the weekly “koshuis “residence and spend weekends on the farm where Anton cultivates his deep affection for nature’s fauna and flora. Anton is also qualified as a helicopter pilot who finds the combination of flying with game farming very effective.
Michael is an avid wild life enthuisiast, conservationist, hunter. He has travelled to numerous countries in Africa, seeking out the most isolated and varied spots to revell in the tranquility of the vast african savannah. Michael enjoys his time on weekends at Rotavi PGR where he has a home to recharge his soul
Bailey’s farm is part of the Elandsberg Nature Conservancy and he is an active game breeder of exotic species, such as Sable and Buffalo. He has been in the Rooiberg area since 1998. He is a director of Wedge Exploration, a family business which started operating in 1977, mining diamonds across the globe. Bailey is an avid sky diver and represented the National team of South Africa for 22 years. He assists the team with firefighting, anti-poaching and criminal activities.
Willem was appointed as the manager of Welgedacht Estate in January 2009, a 4 000 hectare farm in Elandsberg Nature Conservancy. Prior to that, he managed Radio Kansel’s camping terrain in Mabula Game Reserve for 7 years.
He is the Chairman and Sector Leader for Sector Rooiberg Fire Protection Association (RFPA) and completed Incident Command courses to manage and direct teams during firefighting in the area.
Manager Rooiberg Bewaria
Piet manages the day-to-day operations of Rooiberg Bewaria. He completed various qualifications at Pretoria Technicon, Rand Afrikaans University (now known as University of Johannesburg), The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research South Africa (CSIR), South African Police Services and the South African National Intelligence Agency, now known as “State Security Agency”.
He has vast experience of several security, investigations and risk aspects, business management and firefighting, to name but a few. He is also registered with the Private Security Industry Regulating Authority (PSIRA).
Annelie is the backbone of Bewaria, she is the hands on, full time front line administrative assistant at the Bewaria office in Rooiberg.
Her input as base manager for Working on Fire Rooiberg and the Secretary and dispatcher for the Sector Rooiberg Fire Protection Association, TFPA is invaluable.
Annelie handles all the secretarial administrative and legal requirements for the Sector Rooiberg FPA and all communication during fire related incidents.
She has vast experience in all aspects of Fire prevention, disaster management, Emergency Services, Community Projects and Fundraising.
Before joining the Bewaria family she worked for 27 years at the Communication and Liaison Services of the South African Police Service.