GET sub-committee opposing mining expansion
Sheila Berry has been associated with wilderness and the iMfolozi Wilderness Area for more than 30 years. She facilitated wilderness experiences for youth at risk of pursuing a life of crime. She also accompanied traumatized youth raised in violent townships to the iMfolozi, the eastern shores of Lake St. Lucia and the Drakensberg to experience the peace and healing of these unique wilderness areas. Her M.A. dissertation “The Therapeutic Use of Wilderness” helped pioneer Wilderness Psychology in South Africa. She attended three World Wilderness Congresses including Scotland, in 1983, where the Wilderness Action Group (WAG) was formed. She is currently WAG ’s Deputy Chairperson and is also a trustee of the Ian Player Foundation, the Magqubu Ntombela Memorial Trust, the Global Environmental Trust and the Wilderness Leadership School. She has worked with indigenous people, focussing on hunter-gatherer communities in Africa, and spent four years on Bazaruto island in Mozambique, working with artisanal fishing communities. As a champion of wilderness and an environmental and social activist, she made a submission to the Leon Commission during the Save the St Lucia campaign that drew on her research for her M.A. degree. She was also involved in Save the Vaal Environment, a campaign that successfully opposed the Wonderwater open cast coal mine proposed by SASOL that would have contaminated the Vaal river and destroyed a vital wetland.
Sally Jackson’s deep passion for the environment makes her a committed and active GET trustee, while being a mother to two young children. After travelling to many different countries and experiencing various cultures, South Africa drew her back home where she worked as an administrator with a number of NPOs focusing on social upliftment, sustainable livelihoods and care for the natural environment. These experiences, together with a desire and need to help preserve our precious wilderness to share with future generations, enable Sally to be effective in helping move GET forward. Her main contribution to GET is assisting with administration and fund raising.
Rob was an organic farmer, writer and blogger with a passion for wilderness and environmental justice issues before becoming fully involved with GET. He is interested in using the internet to spread awareness about environmental and social issues. Rob specialises in communications, web design and IT services for NPO's. Rob acts as webmaster and manages social media, communications and IT for GET and the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign.