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Who we are

Who we are

CapeNature is the chief custodian of the Western Cape’s natural environment, and is governed by the Western Cape Nature Conservation Board (constituted in terms of Act 15 of 1998).

Western Cape Nature Conservation Board

As a Schedule 3C Public Entity, CapeNature is governed by a Board as established in terms of the Western Cape Nature Conservation Board Act, 1998 (Act 15 of 1998) as amended. The Board is appointed by the Provincial Minister for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. The Board comprises seven non-executive members and is supported by Board Committees to ensure that the mandated oversight role and responsibility is exercised.

The board is mandated to:

  • Promote and ensure nature conservation and related matters in the Province
  • Render services and provide facilities for research and training in connection with nature conservation and related matters in the Province
  • Generate income, within the framework of any applicable policy determined by the responsible Minister of the Provincial Cabinet

In addition to this statutory oversight, CapeNature relies on the forging of strong partnerships with other role players and stakeholders in the public and private sectors, as well as the communities in the areas in which we operate, to drive a successful and sustainable conservation economy in the Western Cape.

Our executives

Dr Razeena Omar, Chief Executive Officer, leads our executive management.

Mr Mohamed Bhayat
Chief Financial Officer
Ms Coral Birss
Executive Director: Biodiversity Capabilities
Dr Ernst Baard
Executive Director: Conservation Operations
Mr Sheraaz Ismail
Executive Director: Eco-tourism and Access
Vacant
Executive Director: Corporate Services