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…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 - registered with UNESCO in 2001 and falling under their Man and the Biosphere Programme and focuses on combining Sustainable Develoment with Conservation of Biodiversity, Research and education.    Today, Debby is no longer involved on a day to day basis with K2C  but does manage all the communications requirements.


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 - initially and primarily through BBC, and to date has been involved in the production of a number of aware winning documentaries.   This remains the primary focus of Debby’s attention and time planning.


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-crime activities.  She initiated the development of the Hoedspruit Victim Support Unit and continues to Manage and Coordinate this on a voluntary basis, working together with the local police and community volunteer group to assist with all and any emergency and trauma related incidents in the Hoedspruit region.


This anti-crime link together with her conservation background has naturally lead to Debby also becoming involved on many levels with Anti Rhino Poaching activities.   In addition to various levels and “on the ground” activities, Debby has also been requested to sit as a Trustee on one of the leading fund raising Trusts - the Rhino Protection Trust.


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 - 100 cyclists doing 100kms through Big 5 Reserves, from the edge of the Kruger to the Blyde River Canyon.   All funds raised are to support Rotary initaitives and anti-poaching in the reserves traversed.


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.   



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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


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