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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 063 690 7899 or alternatively via email at manager@overbergfpa.co.za

Pieter Rossouw – Project Coordinator 

Pieter has worked in the wildfire industry since 2014. Prior to joining the goFPA team in October of 2019, he worked as an FPA Manager in the Eastern Cape. During this time, he gained a lot of valuable experience in wildfire management, prevention and suppression. Pieter graduated with a Post Grad Diploma in Business Administration from UNISA’s School of Business Leadership.

He has always had a passion for the environment and for people. His search for new challenges and experiences led him to the Western Cape, and to the goFPA team. 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.

Mitch Afrika – Extension Officer

Mitch joined the goFPA team early in 2021 as a structured and disciplined Extension Officer, sharing an office with the Overstrand Fire Services in the coastal town of Hermanus.

He grew up in Robertson in the Cape Winelands district and completed a BSc in Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University. He then moved to the Overstrand to start his conservation career at the Flower Valley Conservation Trust just outside Gansbaai. During his time at Flower Valley, he worked as an assistant farm manager and later did extension work for their alien clearing project.

Mitch’s job at the goFPA includes consolidating current management units by increasing membership and supporting the team in integrated fire management efforts with a focus on the Overstrand area. He can be contacted on 067 234 1530 or via email at mitch@overbergfpa.co.za.

Our 2021-22 Board members are:

Chairperson

DR PAUL CLÜVER
(Wine and apple farmer, De Rust Estate & philanthropist)

Member

JO NESER
(Executive at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Olive farmer – Van Der Stel Pass area)

Vice-Chair

CHRIS MARTENS
(Sondagskloof FMU and conservationist)

 

Member

JOSE DE KOCK
(Chair of Napier Agri Association, represents the Napier area)

Member

ALBRECHT SMUTS
(Ruggens FMU leader and wheat farmer)

Member

JOHAN TALJAARD
(Agulhas National Park, Slanghoek)

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD

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What to include in your evacuation go-bag?

What to include in your evacuation go-bag?

This is surely one of the most difficult and stressful events in a person’s life: It’s time to evacuate your home, as a wildfire moves closer. This is a time of great stress – and mistakes can be made as a result. According to the Overstrand Municipality’s Fire Chief, Lester Smith, in an event like this

LCES: Your wildfire defence strategy

LCES: Your wildfire defence strategy

At EVERY fire you participate in fighting, PLEASE bear this acronym in mind: LCES. It’ll help you to stay safe. It’s one of the most important defence strategies against an unpredictable wildfire. LCES must be updated and amended as the fire’s behaviour and movements change.

CONTACT goFPA

Email: info@overbergfpa.co.za

 

+27 (0) 28 425 1690

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