Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA) welcomes the newly elected chairperson, vice-chairperson and four directors elected to its board of directors on 16 October. The organisation also appointed a new CEO who will be taking office on 1 November this year.

With their diverse range of experience and knowledge of the South African wildlife industry, these new leaders will make valuable contributions to guide and implement WRSA strategies.

Gerhard Heyneke, chairperson of the board, entered the wildlife ranching industry in 2008 and he served as chairperson on various conservancy, provincial and other committees. After serving in WRSA chamber and provincial structures for many years, he was appointed as board member in 2018. In addition, Heyneke was appointed as interim deputy president of WRSA in June this year.

Colin Engelbrecht, vice-chairperson, has been involved in wildlife ranching since 1996. He also served on the WRSA President’s Council since 2013. He was a nominee for the sought-after WRSA Wildlife Rancher of the Year award in 2013.

New WRSA CEO and board members

Richard York was appointed as the new CEO. After growing up on one of the first game ranches in Bophuthatswana and later North West, York obtained a BCom Tourism Management degree from the University of Pretoria in 2008. He then joined the family business, playing an active role in developing game ranches in Limpopo. He has actively served on various committees within the entire value chain of the South African wildlife industry, including WRSA. Most importantly, he is passionate about the industry.

Tebogo Mogashoa, Malan Davey, Louis van der Watt and Kgomotso Maphai were also elected as board members at the annual general meeting on 16 October. Mogashoa stepped down as president of the organisation after serving for two years. Additional members to be appointed to the board will still be announced. – Press release, WRSA