Ruaan Barnard, our Conservation Intern who has starting work for us in our Conservancy would like to introduce himself:


I have been a part of the Duiwenhoks Conservancy for the past two weeks and I am very happy to be here and part of the group.

Firstly, I would like to speak about the people of this community.

From the first day that I arrived in Vermaaklikheid everyone made me feel welcome and was very friendly towards me.

Community people helped me where they could, and offered to help with anything I might need in the future.

So far I’m get along very well with the people and I believe that my relationship with the community will become even stronger.

I see that the village is very small and at the same time it is also very clean.

I was surprised to see that the whole area is in such a good condition and I will do my best to keep it that way.

My work in the community is not only with the people but also to conserve the wildlife here.

The projects that I will tackle, as part of the conservancy are:

Environment education (Vermaaklikheid School)
Alien clearing
Patrolling the rivier
Vegetable gardens with people in the community.
Cooperation with the “Firebreak Association”

There will be lots more in the future.

I was in Cape Town for the second week, where I received some good training to improve my communication skills, my ‘kettingsaag vaardighede’ – chainsaw competence and l training in environmental education. This was particularly important, as I will work with school children.

In my first week in Vermaaklikheid I saw a surprising number of animals. Those that amazed me were the otter, which I saw along the river and on land as well as a massive school of harders. There were so many that they jumped into my boat. This was a first for me.

Everything I do for the conservancy is to protect the environment and its natural life, not because I must but because I love wildlife and I believe that everyone needs nature.

Thank you very much,

Ruaan Barnard

3 thoughts on “Ruaan Barnard, our Conservation Intern who has starting work for us in our Conservancy would like to introduce himself:

  • February 20, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Hi Ruaan, I wish to enquire whether you may be aware of any visable graves on the adjoining farm ‘ Blomboschfontein ‘ ( Blombosfontein ) along the Duivenhoks river. I believe my Burger ancestor’s may be buried there and do you perhaps know who the present owner of the farm is.
    Thank you for any assistance in this matter.
    David Jamieson
    Montrose in Scotland


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