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OUR TEAM

Louise Wessels – Manager

Louise, a dynamic manager, graduated from Stellenbosch University and RAU with a BCom Hons. She worked in the private sector (Ernst & Young, PWC, Namakwa Agri) for many years before she moved to Bredasdorp to marry the love of her life.

It’s here that Louise was introduced to, and took up the reins as Manager of the Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association.

Louise is responsible for the overall management of the goFPA, and her role is crucial in facilitating open communication between the goFPA members and the Fire Brigades in the district, as well as promoting fire prevention, protection and management.

Louise can be contacted on 083 327 0477 or alternatively via email at manager@overbergfpa.co.za

Pieter Steenkamp – Project Coordinator

Pieter joined the goFPA team in December 2015. Previously he had worked for a game reserve outside Hoedspruit (close to the Kruger National Park), serving as part of their management component.

He graduated with a BCom from Stellenbosch University.

His love for nature, the outdoors, new challenges and his passion for working with people led him to accepting the position with the goFPA.

His role as Project Coordinator includes, but is not limited to, serving as liaison between the landowners and Disaster Management.

He can be contact on 063 690 7899 or alternatively at pieter@overbergfpa.co.za.

Keith Leonard – Administration

Keith is a well-known face in Bredasdorp – having grown up in the area.

He attended the Albert Myburgh Senior Secondary School. After school, he started working at the Bredasdorp Pharmacy, where he remained for 16 years.

Keith joined the goFPA team in October 2016.

He will provide administrative support to the team this fire season – supporting goFPA’s integrated fire management work.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD

A devastating fire season – the goFPA counts the costs

The 2018/19 fire season has become known as one of the most overwhelming in the history of the Overberg. While more than 30 wildfires burned during the season, 20 of these were very damaging and very costly. Many of these fires also affected more than one...

Why ecological burns?

Some fires you may see burning across the Overberg (March and early April) are actually ecological burns. These are prescribed burns that take extensive planning and resources. That’s not least to help reduce the risks of burning during the current fire season. Why do we support ecological burns? (And why are these burns important during March

Elgin wildfire brings a community together

Elgin Valley, 28 January 2019: A fire that started Thursday (24 January 2019) in the Van der Stel’s Pass close to Botriver has captured the essence of community spirit. The fire has brought farmers, local companies and fire-fighting authorities together in what has been a five-day intensive battle to control the blaze.

CONTACT goFPA

Email: info@overbergfpa.co.za

 

+27 (0) 28 425 1690

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