…the local rural communities. While involved in community development, together with two youngsters, she started the Bushbuckrdige Nature Conservation Project (BNCP) that focused on starting eco=clubs at a number of the schools in the Acornhoek and Bushbuckridge area and introducing them to the concepts of conservation and environmental education.
Further to that, Debby also join a group of concerned citizens who had taken note that development in the Hoedspruit region was starting to occur at an unprecedented and very much uncontrolled rate and together they formed the Central Lowveld Development Forum. The main aim of this forum was to look into development frameworks and guidelines that could help guide and assist the initiating development in the region. This movement then resulted in the Kruger to Canyons (K2C) Biosphere Region -
During this time, Debby also noted the need to promote Hoedspruit as a unified region and thus started developing a regional tourism map and developed the Community Website under www.hoedspruit.co.za. These have largely been for the benefit of the community and promotion of related businesses and services. This portfolio has grown to date to now also include an information app as well as the newly developing Table Talkers to be launched shortly.
Using all of Debby’s conservation and environmental knowledge, together with her management and organisations skills, Debby found her way into the Film Shoot industry -
In 2007, Debby’s brother was murdered during a typical South African house break=in scenario. As a result Debby has also turned a lot of her attention towards anti-
Debby is also currently writing a book on her families experience with the South African justice system and the many ways it is failing the South African citizens. The family had to go through a 9 year fight to get the case to court and obtain a successful conviction against the perpetrators.
Debby is an avid Mountain Biker and spends much of her free time on her bike, preferably traversing one of the reserves or farms in and around the Hoedspruit region. Through her love of MTB’Ing, and her knowledge of the various reserves, Debby is the brainchild and primary coordinator behind the annual Rotary K2C Cycle Tour -
Living in the Hoedspruit area, Debby has the privilege to have access to the bush and visits the Kruger and other reserves as often as possible.
Debby comes from a Conservation and Tourism background, having initially worked at various game lodges and trails camps in the Manyeleti, Timbavati and Klaserie Game Reserves.
While working in the bush, she obtained her National Diploma in Nature Conservation and then turned her attention more towards conservation and development on a larger scale.
Apart from her involvement in the tourism industry she also initiated a number of environmental research projects as well as community development projects in