1. What brought you to Gondwana?
Red Rocks used to be our farm and I was initially very sad that Gerrit decided to sell it to become part of Gondwana. Most of my favourite Fynbos species grow in the area for example Protea cynaroides, Mimetis, Erica cerinthoides (rooi haarjie),”and other Protea species, like Coronata,”that one cannot ﬁnd on Fontein Wes (Our home farm), hence my heavy heart to let go of Red Rocks. Our family is very fond of nature and wildlife and thus when given the opportunity to be a part of Mark and Wendy’s dream, we immediately bought into it.
2. What is your favourite species on the reserve?
This question is extremely difﬁcult to answer. Every species is special and unique. I enjoy and admire the antics of the tiny Chameleon to the splendour of majestic Elephant and Lion, the elegant Giraffe and not forgetting the Zebras, Blue Wildebeest and the buck in all their playfulness and beauty. Our family are all also avid birdwatchers, but my biggest love of all will have to be Fynbos.
3. What has been your funniest/scariest/craziest/most interesting moment on the Reserve.
I will never forget the ﬁrst time we got woken up, not by our alarms, but by the mighty roar of the Lion pride close to our home. It literally felt like an earthquake…what a memory!
4. What do you do for a living?
I used to be a”Primary School Teacher, Foundation phase, and today “Gerrit and I are” both Pensioners doing all the things we love, like travelling and other hobbies and interests and spending time with our family.
5. What is your favorite food?
My favourite food: Green bean stew and lamb shank.
6. Do you have any hobbies?
You can usually ﬁnd me in my garden, but I love to do ﬂower arrangements, going for a walk (in nature of course), bird watching and photography too.
7. Tell us about your family?
Gerrit and I have been married for 43 years and have been blessed with beautiful children and grandchildren. Our eldest, Helena, is married to Danie Smuts and they have two energetic children, Johannes and Christi, who both also love being in nature. They farm in the Wolseley-district. Maartin lives in George and is successfully running his own cycling business and our youngest, Alex, farms on our farm, Fontein-Wes. We are a proud Afrikaans family and utilise every opportunity to spend time together as family.
8. What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about the protection of vulnerable children and elderly people.
9. What is your favorite spot on the reserve?
Anywhere between the Fynbos, and in the Nouga during Autumn months when the Nerinas are in bloom.
10. Do you have a nickname?
No nickname, just Christa, ma, ouma”and tannie.
Interview: Nadine Clarke