Kobus Bester

Mnr Kobus Bester het groot geword op Krugersdorp en het gematrikuleer aan die Hoërskool Monument.  Hy het BCom Rek aan die Universiteit van Pretoria gestudeer. Daarna het hy betrokke geraak by 'n maatskappy wat betrokke was in gespesialiseerde konstruksie waar hy hoofsaaklik verantwoordelik was vir die finansies. Hierdie besigheid is uitgebrei na verskeie provinsies asook na Botswana en Namibië.  In 2003 het Kobus grond gekoop in Ventersdorp distrik en begin met die Vleisberg Simbra stoet. In 2011 is Kobus verkies tot die raad van die Simmentaler en Simbra Beestelers Genootskap van suidelike Afrika. In 2012 word hy verkies tot voorsitter van die Genootskap. In 2013 verkoop hy sy besigheidsbelange en spits hom voltyds toe op boerdery.

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Japie Grobler

●  1970: Matrikuleer aan Bothaville Hoërskool  ●  1971: Vlootopleiding Saldanabaai; Baasseeman  ●  1974: B.Juris Potchefstroom Universiteit  ●  1976: LLB- Potchefstroom Universiteit  ●  1977: Trou met malie Beege het 5 kinders  ●  Vise-President Agri SA (1996 tot Oktober 2000)  ●  President Agri SA (2000 tot 2013)  ●  Direkteur Senwes vir 26 jaar tot 2013  ●  Direkteur Senwesbel  ●  Trustee van Mielietrust  ●  Vise-voorsitter Vrystaat Landbou Unie (1992 tot 1996)  ●  Dien op verskeie NAMPO, Agri SA en ander komitees  ●  Voorsitter Agri SA Handelskomitee  ●  Agri SA Landboubesigheidskamer  ●  Voorsitter Agri Securitas Trustfonds (2001 tot nou)  ●  Voorsitter Nampo (1996 tot 2000)  ●  GPO met samesmelting van grane daarna Graan SA onder sy voorsitterskap  ●  Voorsitter Senwes (2000 tot 2013)  ●  Ondervoorsitter ASUF (vanaf 2012 tot nou)  ●  Voorsitter ASUF (vanaf 2014 tot nou)  ●  Toekennings/Oorkondes  ●  Junior Mielieman van die jaar 1987  ●  Viljoenskroon Junior Rapportryers 1991  ●  NOPO Ere lidmaatskap 1997  ●  Vrystaat Landbou Ere lidmaatskap en oorkonde 1997  ●  Vierfontein Boerevereniging 1997  ●  Oliesaderaad 1998  ●  Tans wildboer

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Ernst Janovsky

Ernst Janovsky was born in Pretoria in 1954, matriculating in 1972, where after he completed his military service and decided to gain hands on experience by amongst other working in a steel factory, and farming for two years with his father.  In 1976 he commenced with his studies in agricultural economics at the University of the Orange Free State (UOFS), where he completed his honours degree in 1980.  Due to his intense love for the land he was lured back to farming were he farmed with pigs and  cattle and ran a dairy. Combined with his academic background this later proved invaluable for his work as agricultural economist.  While still farming part-time he joined Merck, Sharp & Dome (MSD) in 1985 were he worked as an internal and external parasitologist. In 1987 Ernst joined the Meat Board as an agricultural economist. There he earned the reputation of being one of the few agricultural economists who was willing to make long-term predictions in agriculture. For this he received the Agricultural Outlook Conference award four years in a row.  In 1995 he teamed up with Johan Willemse to form a company called Agrimark Trends that specialises in agricultural market trends.  He then joined Fist National bank in 1997 where he quickly gained favour and rose to become the head of the agricultural sector. He then joined ABSA Bank in 2008 where he was the head of the agriculture sector and later the head of the Centre of Excellence Absa AgriBusiness.  In Mach 2017 he retired, but due to his positive contribution to agriculture he has been recalled for 6 months to help Barclays Botswana Agricultural division.  Currently he is a freelance consultant enjoying his pension, grandkids and his livestock farming enterprise

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David L Bergman

Certified Wildlife Biologist with a special interest in predator-prey relations.  State Director for the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services for the Arizona Program.

To date he has contributed towards >50 peer-reviewed publications, two chapters in books, >75 technical reports, more than 125 contributions at national and international conferences, and dozens of popular publications, popular talks & newspaper articles. His research has been cited in more than 800 scientific publications.

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Joel Mamabolo

Mr Joel Mamabolo, is a professional agricultural production with many years of both local and international experience in animal production.  He is presently director and registrar of Animal Improvement at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.  I represent DAFF at the regional fora’s such as the SADC and AU-IBAR on several bilateral and multilateral agreements related to livestock.

 

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Dr. Morné de la Rey

●  1994 Registered Veterinary Surgeon in South Africa
●  2001 Registered as Veterinary Surgeon in Queensland
●  1998 - current: CEO of Embryo Plus:
●  1994 First person to do Embryo Sexing in Africa.
●  2003 Was involved with the birth of the first ever Cloned calf in Africa, named Futhi.
●  2013- Produced the first pregnancies in African Buffalo by means of embryo transfers in the world.
●  2015 Produced the first cross type Zambian Sable Antelope embryo calves born out of southern Sable Antelope surrogates
●  2016 Produced the first IVF African Buffalo calf in the world

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Dr Alex Lewis

Dr Alex Lewis graduated from Onderstepoort in 2000 and immediately pursued a career in the wildlife sector. Before this, he completed a BA degree in Environmental Studies, California and the final year of an Agric degree in New Zealand. Piloting his own aircrafts and fluency in several languages, allowed him to fly and work in other African countries. Dr Lewis is also a game farmer in South Africa and Mozambique.

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Jaco Troskie

Jaco Troskie the CEO of the Mimosa Group and the founder of Unyati Game Reserve, established in 2007 out of his vision to sustainably breed superior wildlife. Unyati acquired a highly prized Ugandan herd of buffalo of superior lineage, isolated for 27 years to add to its quality and sought-after status as a disease-free herd, which laid the foundation for the business.  Jaco proceeded to invest in top quality buffalo, like the legendary Tanzania, one of the biggest East African cows in captivity, and bulls like Stompie, Bhekifa, and Etzebeth. Jaco also partnered with renowned game breeders like Neil Rex, Paul Neethling, Piet Warren, Norman Adami, Piet du Toit and BJ Vorster, to introduce superior bloodlines to his sable, buffalo and roan herds, further enhancing their genetic diversity. In a rare industry exception, Unyati has managed to build a reputable genetic stock in less than 10 years. Today, Jaco continues to pursue his vision of enhancing South Africa’s wildlife through superior stock so they may once again flourish.

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JJ van Altena

JJ van Altena matriculated at St. David’s Marist College with exemption, obtained a National Diploma in Nature Conservation at Pretoria Technikon.  He is currently the Owner of Global Supplies, they specialise on the cutting edge of delivering top class products and services to the wildlife industry for the last 18 years.  Their services include Elephant Immuno-contraception, Reserve consultancy and management, Wildlife Capture and translocation, Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation as well as the supply of various wildlife industry related products – darting equipment – (Pneudart), wildlife and personnel tracking technologies – (Vectronics, Sirtrack, Lotek), cameratraps, and microchips to name a few.  JJ van Altena attended Hamburg Elephant School in Germany as a lecturer for many years, lecturing on elephant translocation and South African Elephant Conservation regarding free-ranging and domesticated elephants.  He was invited to participate as an expert in a Steering Committee (SC) Panel to assess the perceived human-elephant conflict (HEC) at Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR) in Gauteng. The SC comprises of approximately 15 members comprised of further stakeholders, elephant experts and regulatory and permitting authorities. JJ was selected for his expertise regarding the management and behaviour of elephants. The SC Process will inform the DGR Management, landowners and stakeholders regarding differential drivers of HEC specific to the reserve and provide specific interventions to mitigate existing and future risks. Furthermore, the study provides a systematic approach to assessing human-animal conflict through a trans-disciplinary, transparent and thorough panel review and survey process. This, together with the mitigating actions that will be recommended, may be used cross-taxonomically, contributing to the knowledge of the human-animal conflict on a global scale.  JJ has been a Professional Member of the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) since 1997. The GRAA provides support, networks and representation for game rangers across Africa and promotes best management practices.

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Deon Furstenburg

Born in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, raised on the Highveld of Mpumalanga and graduated B.Sc.(hons) Wildlife Management from the Eugene Marais Chair at University of Pretoria in 1984, and his Masters in 1991. Deon started as Wildlife Ecologist in Kruger National Park in 1985 and Senior Wildlife Scientist with the Agricultural Research Council from 1990 to 2015, stationed at the Agricultural Extension Office in Port Elizabeth for 8 years, at Grootfontein Agricultural Research Centre for 4 years and at Irene Research Centre for 11 years. Since 2015 owner of and director of Wildlife Science, Geo Wild Consult Pty. Ltd. He holds 6 science awards including the National Academy Junior Captain Scott Memorial Medal for the best S.A. masters dissertation in zoological science for 1991 and 1992 for a study on tannin/herbivore feeding-ecology, an award from the World Animal Production Association for a presentation on global climate change, two ARC Directors awards for the discovery of seven eco-production concepts of the Albany Thicket Biome, and a WRSA-EC Lifetime Achievement award in honour of scientific service to the Eastern Cape Wildlife Industry. Deon practise as Professional Wildlife Production Consultant since 1996 and formal academic lecturer at Grootfontein Agricultural College (2000 to 2007) and at NMMU since 2003 ongoing. He is author to 17 chapters in academic books, 7 refereed science papers, 37 conference papers, 207 non-refereed publications, 75 workshop presentations and 249 technical scientific reports. He was the first ever academic in 2003 to oppose the White Paper on the proposed National Wildlife Translocation Policy on scientific merits, a policy still today not yet legislated. He is also n leading scientist in animal population dynamics, species distribution management and species biodiversity politics. Total professional experience in wildlife production and ecological & animal science accounts 38 years.

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Craig Shepstone

●  BSc Agric - Animal & Pasture Science Uni of Pretoria - 2005
●  Worked as a researcher for the Department of Paraclinical Sciences at Onderstepoort - University of Pretoria Veterinary faculty - 2007 - 2012
●  Professional Animal Scientist - since 2010
●  Private consultant - focussing on feeding of wild animals in different systems and assisting farmers with feeding and camp strategies.
●  Zootrition - feeding wild animals in captivity - 2015
●  MSc - Sable antelope animal Husbandry - current
●  Part time lecturer at the University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort and the Centre of Wildlife Management), Nelson Mandela, and the Free State.

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Dr Nico L Avenant

Small mammal ecologist, with a special interest in predator-prey relations.  Curator, Senior Specialist Scientist & HOD: Department of Mammalogy, National Museum, Bloemfontein; also a Research Fellow, post-graduate Supervisor and Guest Lecturer at the University of the Free State.

To date he has contributed towards >60 peer-reviewed publications, five chapters in books, 48 peer reviewed research based reports, more than 80 contributions at national and international conferences, and more than 25 popular publications and 80 popular talks & newspaper articles. His research has been cited in more than 500 scientific publications.

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Daryl Barnes

Director: Partners in African Wildlife (PAW)
Daryl is qualified in Nature Conservation, and has 30 years experience in the Nature Conservation industry, having worked in various areas, including Namibia, Pilanesberg National Park, and the Free State. His passion is in management of wild animals in captivity, research and breeding programmes, tourism development and conservation education - especially to the youth.

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Maretha van der Merwe

Maretha is a self-willed and self-motivated Strategist and Scientist with a wide range of experience in food hygiene and production, community health, animal production units, abattoirs, early learning centers, environmental pollution and environmental health related hazards. Maretha was born and raised in Pretoria in South Africa and has one son that qualified as a chiropractor two years ago. Her parents are role models in her life as she was raised in a Christian house with an elder sister and late younger brother. She matriculated in 1983 and started her professional studies at the age of 17. Her diploma qualification as an Environmental Health Practitioner was followed up with an honors degree, a master’s degree on TB in buffalo and kudu and a doctorate degree in 2012 on a Game Scheme for game meat in South Africa.  Maretha was appointed as Deputy Director in the Health Department in the City of Tshwane in 2013 and is currently acting Director for the Section Food Security and DSA in the City.  Maretha has successfully published eight peer reviewed scientific articles and 28 articles in leading magazines such as landbou Weekblad, Game and Hunt, Farmers weekly, Veeplaas WRSA Magazine and Sa Hunter and Conservationist. Maretha has been affiliated with Wildlife Ranching South Africa from 2004 to 2016 and is currently doing consultation work for GeoWild. Her passion for South African Wildlife was her driving force to conduct research to enable game farmers to counter the numerous unpractical and overregulating legislation that were, and are, imposed on the Game Industry. In her opinion the efforts and inputs of game ranchers in South Africa are the only reason for the successes of the thriving game industry in South Africa.

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Henry-Ben Rheeder

Grew up on a farm in the Wesselsbron district.  Matriculated in 1995, Wesselsbron (Sandveld).  Successfully concluded my B.sc Agricultutral Economy degree at the University of the Freestate 2000.  Bank experience 16 years and 14 years as an Agricultural Adviser with the last 10 years  in the North West Freestate where I grew up.  Numerous presentations over different subjects over my time in the bank.  Articles placed in the Farmers Weekly and Veeplaas.

Exceptional passionate about Agriculture!!

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Dr. Ben Greyling

Ben holds a PhD degree that revolved around a population genetic study of African buffalo populations in South Africa, one of the largest undertaken to date and directed by the Universities of Pretoria and Wageningen in the Netherlands. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of molecular genetics and also worked for more than 12 years in the Animal Genetics Laboratory of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), focusing on forensics and genetics of a range of game and livestock species. He is currently the Research Team Manager for the Beef Cattle Improvement Programme of the ARC and heads the National Beef Recording and Improvement Scheme. Ben has a particular passion for and advocates the implementation of DNA technology to the benefit of the wildlife industry as a whole.

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Michael J. Bodenchuk

Supervisory Wildlife Biologist with a special interest in predation and invasive swine management.

Mike is a wildlife biologist, an outdoor writer and a former hunting outfitter and guide in the USA. He serves as the Editor-at-Large for The Hunting Report- an international subscriber newsletter “for hunters who travel.” He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters and over 500 popular articles on hunting.

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Peter Knipe

Peter Knipe has been a farmer and businessman since 1976, and in the past forty years has engaged in various ventures in the farming sector and other business. He has bred stud cattle such as Brahman and Hereford, and currently breeds Senepol, of which breed he is a senior stud inspector. In addition, he has a quality Boerbok stud and has won many prizes. Peter is first and foremost a game rancher with a wide variety of game on his farms. Peter has extensive business experience in the meat trade, with a diploma in Meat Technology and end-to-end supply and value chain management experience. He also has strong marketing and international meat exportation knowledge. He studied Marketing and has launched international brands Parker, Gillette and Colgate in eight African countries in the nineties. At the Mopanie Conference in 1993, he organised and facilitated with Herman Mashaba that Black Business in SA and the ANC be brought together. He remains connected with business organisations in SA.  An avid conservationist, Peter received the Cheetah Outreach Farmer of the Year award in 2011 for non-lethal predator control and dedication to conservation of cheetah in Africa. He still uses Anatolian shepherd dogs for control of predators. He also protects a colony of the vulnerable Cape Griffon vultures on his farm in the North-West Province.  As disgruntled farmer, but also as business person, Peter achieved the establishment of the WPA, aimed at the registration and regulation of wildlife in SA under Agriculture. The WPA aims to create a leading, dynamic, united and prosperous wildlife sector preventing disappearance and extinction of species to protect them for future generations. The WPA stands for the survival and health of all species, and the sustainable use thereof for commercial farming activities. The WPA is thus the custodian for the protection of purebred species, and promotes responsible breeding, full identification and genetic traceability of animals, and disease management and responsible utilisation. Stabilisation of the industry is of the utmost importance, providing free-trade platforms for ranchers to control their own destiny, whilst supporting sustainable use, conservation and biodiversity

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Reuben Saayman

Reuben Saayman, het meer as 26 jaar ondervinding in die wildbedryf met die volgende tersiêre kwalifikasies - BSC, MSc Dierkunde, HOD, BEd. Is al gevestig in die wildbedryf vanaf 1998 Handels merk - Buffalo Ranch vanaf 2008 - met 21 Wildveilings aangebied. Reuben se rol in gemeenskap ten opsigte van georganiseerde landbou:  Betrokke vanaf 1992 by die eerste gestigde Wildorganisasie, nou bekend as WRSA (Wildlife Ranching SA) en Vrystaat Landbou. Reuben Saayman het gedien as voorsitter en Direkteur by Wildorganisasies. Hy is tans die Voorsitter / Direkteur van die Buffel Eienaars Advieskomitee. Reuben was ook betrokke by die eerste ontwerp en implementering van die Omheiningsertifkaat, wat eiendomsreg op Wild moontlik gemaak het in terme van die wet op Wilddiefstal. Hy was verantwoordelik gewees vir die proklamasie van Private Natuurreservate en eerste swart wildboere se vestiging en verskaffing van wild in diens van Vrystaat Natuurbewaring en Omgewingsake en Toerisme. Dien as verteenwoordiger van die wildbedryf by die Nasionale Dieregesondheidsforum en Kommunikasie vergaderings by Dieregsondheids Departement m.b.t. samewerking met die regering t.o.v. beleidsbepaling en regulasies.

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Francoais Schutte

●  I am a Christian  ●  Completed school and a B.com and M.B.A.  ●  Got involved in the game industry in 1986  ●  Hunted in Botswana and Zimbabwe and the USA  ●  Stated farming disease-free buffalo 2000  ●  Still breeding buffalo added cheetahs and lately lion  ●  Worked as a researcher for various banks and Government Agencies  ●  Represented a group at the World Bank  ●  Member of:  Friends of the buffalo, Wildlife Translocation Association, Free State Hunting Association  ●  Partner in the Buffalo Journal and the Game School  ●  Member of Presidents Prayer Team  ●  Knights of Malta  ●  Completed military training as an Officer  ●  Started working in a bank  ●  Bought a bankrupt drilling company and a gold mine, restructured and expanded it and sold it off  ●  Did some financial trading in the USA.

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Johan Rabie

Johan was born, schooled and raised in the Eastern Free State and obtained the degrees B.Sc (Agric) and MBA from the University of Pretoria. After graduation he joined the multi-national pharmaceutical and veterinary company Pfizer where he spent the next 17 years in various positions of increasing seniority. During this time he lived and worked on 4 continents and his last position with Pfizer was that of Regional Director: Australasia based in Sydney. He returned to South Africa in 2001 at which time he bought a farm in the Tzaneen district where he is still based today. He is passionate about all wildlife but particularly the African buffalo and has been breeding them on a semi-intensive basis since 2004. In 2008 he was awarded as WRSA Game Rancher of the Year. His farming operation has since expanded to the Northern region of Namibia where he is in the process of establishing an extensive wildlife ranching operation focusing on trophy as well as consumptive hunting. He believes that DNA, molecular, nutritional and other technologies has an important role to play but should be used with utmost care in the field of wildlife management since the intrinsic value of these animals for the trophy hunter, biltong hunter, photographer and tourist alike are encompassed by the term “wild”. A balanced approach towards the wild animal, its interaction with other animal species, its habitat, human intervention and the use of science and technology should thus be strived for.

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Dr JW Eksteen

Dr JW Eksteen kwalifiseer as Veearts by Onderstepoort, Universiteit van Pretoria, in 2000. Hy praktiseer eers in Europa waarna hy in 2004 by Kroonstad Dierehospitaal, ‘n gemengde dierpraktyk, as vennoot aansluit. In 2005 begin hy die wild komponent by dié praktyk en spesialiseer tans in wildwerk. Hy was betrokke by verskeie wildsprojekte wêreldwyd asook ‘n groot aantal translokasies regoor Suider Afrika. Tot op hede het hy reeds meer as 45,000 diere sukselsvol immobiliseer en lewenslange ervaring opgebou.  Tussen deur was hy ook as veearts betrokke by Uithouritte en werk as 4* FEI veearts in verskeie lande. Hy was ook reeds twee maal spanveearts vir die Suid Afrikaanse Uithourit span by Wêreld kampioenskappe in VSA en Frankryk.  Sy belangstelling in wild het tot die gevolg gehad dat hy in 2006 self met wild begin boer het en Korannaberg Wild het tot stand gekom. Hy het o.a. een van die eerste, suksesvolle Swartwitpens en Bastergemsbok teelgroepe in hierdie streek van die Oos Vrystaat gevestig. Hy is vandag ‘n trotse lid van Kroon Stud Wild en het al ‘n Matetsi Swartwitpens bul met 52” horings geteel.

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Dr. Ulf H Tubbesing

Dr. Ulf H. Tubbesing, gebore in 1956 in Namibia. Ek het in 1983 as veearts te Onderstepoort, SA gegradueer en dan in ‘n veeartseny praktyk in Johannesburg gewerk. ‘n Jaar later is ek terug Onderstepoort toe as dosent en het met ‘n M.Med. Vet graad begin. In 1994 het ek besluit om my dosente loopbaan te los en is ek terug Namibia toe, waar ek weer in privaatpraktyk werk en geleidelik meer met wild begin werk het.

In 2002 het ons ‘n verwaarloosde beesplaas naby Windhoek gekoop en dit opgebou na ‘n volwaardige wildsplaas. In 2004 het ek en ‘n venoot Super Game Dealers cc gekoop en so het my betrokkenheid in die wildbedryf dramaties toegeneem. In 2007 het ek besluit om my kliniek te verkoop en myself ten volle op wild te fokus.

Ek werk tans oorwegend as wild veearts maar is ten nouste betrokke by die wildvang maatskappy waar ek tot ‘n groot mate die veeartseny gedeelte asook die uitvoere na ander Afrika lande hanteer. Sedert laas jaar gee ek dan ook weer deeltyds lesings aan die nuwe veeartseny fakulteit te Neudamm, Namibia.

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Dr Munro Marx

Dr Munro Marx is ‘n boorling van Bloemfontein waar hy skool gegaan het en aan die Universiteit van die Vrystaat gestudeer het. Daar voltooi hy voor- en nagraadse studies en verwerf ‘n doktorsgraad in menslike genetika. Hy voltooi ook sy M.B.A. graad aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch. Hy is outeur van meer as 80 artikels in joernale, vaktydskrifte en bedryfsblaaie. Hy is stigter en besturende direkteur van Unistel Geneeskundige Laboratoriums, ‘n afwentelmaatskappy van die Universiteit van Stellenbosch.

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Dr Mike Modisane

I am currently the Chief Director of Animal Production and Health, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).  I am the Chief Veterinary Officer for South Africa and represent the country at the World Animal Health Organisation. I am responsible for Animal Production and Animal Health matters, including the registration of Farm Feeds, Stock Remedies and Fertilizers. I manage the risks associated with animal diseases alongside the Director of Animal Health through appropriate policies, legislations, norms and standards, technical guidelines and other services.  In May 2015 during the General Session of the World Organisation for the Animal Health (OIE) Council Meeting held in Paris, France, I was elected as President of the Council of the OIE.

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Arinao Ratshikuni

Arinao is the current WTA (Wildlife Translocation Association of SA) and has been for the last 3-years. He is founder and owner of Arinao Boerdery and Vervoer (PTY) LTD, a Company that for the last 8 years has been involved in game capturing, culling and translocation. It is also involved in Wildlife Site Management.  Arinao holds postgraduate qualifications in Business Administration and is a specialist in business strategy.  He hold various positions with =in the Wildlife Industry; A member of the WRSA’s (Wildlife Ranching South Africa) President Council, a member of the National Wildlife Forum and various provincial Wildlife Forums. He is also an Executive Member of the newly founded African Game Ranchers Association (AGRA)

 
 
 
    

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