The Skeppies project management team at Conservation South Africa’s (CSA’s) Namaqualand Green Economy Demonstration (NGED) office has expanded by the addition of two new interns, Rouchet Jean-Mare Daniels and Arthur Cloete.
Daniels and Cloete, who both hail from Concordia in Springbok, will support the CSA team with business mentoring of 15 Skeppies projects. Their work will focus on providing financial management, investigate marketing opportunities and support, and forge environmental sustainability links with the aim of ensuring sustainability. Daniels and Cloete will visit the various projects regularly in order to monitor project progress, and liaise with the Skeppies project implementers regularly to gather stories for communications and marketing purposes.
Daniels completed her tertiary studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) where she obtained a National Diploma in Business Management. She brings with her experience in Information Technology (IT) and financial advising which she obtained in the retail and banking sector. “I am very keen on expanding my knowledge about conservation” says Daniels. “I am very enthusiastic to work with the Skeppies projects. I know I will learn a lot. I see this as an opportunity and as a challenge.”
Cloete studied Marketing and Business Management at Damelin in Cape Town. This led him to the corporate environment where he worked in Retail Investment Administration at Old Mutual in Cape Town for 11 years. Upon exiting the corporate sector, the art, science and practice of photography directed him towards completing a few photography courses. In his leisure time he works as a photographer and enjoys taking photo walks in the veld and klipkoppies surrounding Concordia.
Cloete is very active as he serves as the Secretary in the Farmers Union of Concordia, and is involved with the Local Tourism Forum. He is also a freelance journalist at Die Plattelander, a local newspaper in Springbok, and Eland News a regional newspaper in the Northern Cape.
“I have a great passion for the empowerment and development of Namaqualand and look forward to working at CSA to enhance my passion for nature conservation and community upliftment.” says Cloete. “I am looking forward to working with the various partners and to learn from the CSA and the CI team.”
Skeppies started as a pilot project in 2006 and holds the vision is that “everyone develops through conservation”. Skeppies is an innovative mechanism that provides financial assistance for conservation and economic development activities in the Succulent Karoo. Skeppies funds projects which have a nature conservation and socio-economic development goal, and has supported very innovative projects in the Succulent Karoo.
Cloete and Daniels are contactable on 027 718 1565