Making waves – the marine team is growing!

As our projects and networks expand across South Africa, so does our diverse team. Meet the three new pandas, who have signed-up for the new and exciting projects.

Robin Adams is the new MPA Forum Coordinator – a new position, developed in partnership with DEA: Oceans and Coasts. Robin hails from CapeNature and brings with him a wealth of on-the-ground MPA management experience. He previously managed DE Hoop MPA and worked with SANParks on the Table Mountain MPA. In his new role, he is still based at CapeNature and is leading the development of a permanent forum for MPA stakeholders to address challenges in the sector, share knowledge and improve capacity development.

Thelisa Mqoboka has been appointed Small-Scale Fisheries Project Officer; she will be working with Mkhululi Silandela and leading the on-the-water work with the Kleinmond fishing community. Thelisa is no stranger to working with fishers, she joins the team from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) where she was working in stakeholder engagement. Thelisa will be based in Kleinmond.

Zaida Gangat is the SASSI Extension officer and will be leading on the expansion of our WWF-SASSI programme into Gauteng. Zaida has a background in Law, Communications, Journalism and Marketing, and will channel this into establishing and growing the WWF-SASSI brand.