THE HERD TRUSTEES
The HERD Trust board of trustees are a dedicated team of respected and experiencedprofessionals that help guide and shape all decisions that pertain to HERD, to be in linewith our core principles, objectives and values
Adine Roode is the founder of the Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development (HERD)Trust and MD of JABULANI
After achieving a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Honours) in Accountancy at The University of Pretoria, Adine spent much time working at her father’s side in the operational running of the Kapama reserve where HERD and JABULANI is located. She has a natural business acumen and can-do attitude in the face of challenges and the fight and drives required to be successful in running both.
In 2019, following the continual acceptance that the Jabulani elephant herd showed wild elephant calves, Adine gathered a team of experts to build and manage the HERD orphanage with her. Together they set up an advisory group, laying out the principles, objectives, requirements and the way forward to enable her to provide a dedicated space for orphaned elephant calves in need of a unique adoptive family structure,something that is crucial for their wellbeing and survival.
In 2021, Adine took the bold decision to form the HERD Trust, to bring the management of the Jabulaniherd, which was previously funded solely by tourism at the lodge, under the same umbrella as the elephant orphanage
Adine spends as much time on the ground with the elephants as well as overseeing the management and administration of the HERD Trust.
My path to the tourism industry was discovered by pure chance…
I attended Rand Afrikaans University (RAU)-now the University of Johannesburg-and was all set to go into the field of Biokinetics. During my years at university, I was beckoned by a friend who needed German-speaking tour guides so, during my vacations, I enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to guide extensive tours through South Africa. These experiences highlighted the remarkable and diverse country that I lived in and ignited my passion for travel, our beautiful country, and, particularly, the wildlife.
After completing my BA HMS (Human Movement Science) in 1988, I took a determined detour, having decided that the only career I wanted to pursue was in the field of tourism. My primary motivator was to contribute in some way towards protecting our biggest asset-our wildlife-for future generations.
I have had the privilege of travelling to many different countries, which I have thoroughly enjoyed, but there is nothing that touches my heart and is as captivating for me as the sights, the sounds, and the smells of the African bush. My 30-odd-year journey in tourism has allowed me to engage with so many different people from all over the world, educate them about the wonders of South Africa, and led me to work with inspiring individuals and organisations, such as HERD. Pioneers in their protection and preservation efforts of elephants, it is with immense pride to be associated with HERD and have a part to play in fulfilling my original conservation aspirations.
Louis Barend Marais
Louis Marais is a chartered accountant in private practice. He has extensive knowledge in accounting, business, and taxation has been in private practice for almost thirty years. He serves as an independent trustee/non-executive director for a select few trusts/ private companies of which the HERD Trust is one.
Although his practice focuses on commercial businesses his love of nature has seen him naturally being drawn to conservation issues. His two biggest concerns in conservation are declining natural habitat and litter pollution in Africa.
Gert van den Berg
Gert van den Berg is a specialist in the field of estate planning, trusts and the law of succession. Gert spent a number of years in the office of the Master of the High Court in Bloemfontein and six years with the trust department of a bank. He was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 1985. But due to his interest in the field of specialisation he never practice as an advocate.
During the past thirty-five years, Gert has been in private practice, specialising in every facet of estate planning, trusts law and the law of succession. In December 2000 he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in their estate and trust division. He is co-author together with his previous partner, the late Dr PA Olivier, of the book titled Praktiese Boedelbeplanning as well as co-author of an updated version of the book Trust Law and Practice.
He lectured on trusts, estate planning and administration of estates at various universities and presents seminars on these topics throughout South Africa to various institutions such as the Law Society of Northern Provinces, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), the Financial Planning Institute (FPI) and various Financial Institutions, Trust Companies and Insurance Companies.