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Who We Are

Living Lands is a not-for-profit organization.

Our Vision:
‘Collaborations working on living landscapes’.

Our Mission:
To bring synergies and added value to the landscape through:
• Promoting living landscapes;
• Mobilising civil society for sustainability
• Enabling and facilitating social learning processes;
• Fostering mutually beneficial partnerships and participatory networks;

With a positive, creative, committed, honest, and transparent approach.

Members and Advisors

Rienette Colesky – Financial Manager at Gamtoos Irrigation Board.
Financial Advisor.

Odirilwe Selomane – PhD candidate at Stellenbosch.
Living Lands Non-Executive Director.

Dr Rudolf de Groot – Associate Professor at Wageningen University.
Scientific Advisor.

Dr Julia Glenday – SAEON.

Dr Nina Rivers – Independent Researcher.
Social learning expert.

Dieter van den Broeck – Commonland.
Co-founder Living Lands.

Japie Buckle – NRM
Catchment Restoration Advisor.

Dr Matthew Zylstra –  EarthCollective.
Co-founder Living Lands.

The Team

Living Lands is a group of dedicated and passionate people with different skills and knowledge. The caretaking team of Living Lands consists of Marijn Zwinkels, Justin Gird and Steve Berry. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to know more about our work.

Ancia Cornelius

Landscape Mobiliser

Antoinette Arends

PLV Assistant

Elwin Malgas

PLV Assistant

Faith Jumbi

Research Associate

Francois Retief

Landscape Innovator

Jessica Cockburn

Research Associate

Julia Glenday

Research Associate

Justin Gird


Liezl le Roux

Landscape Mobiliser

Luyanda Luthuli

Apprentice Landscape Mobiliser

Lyndré Nel

Landscape Mobiliser

Marijn Zwinkels


Matt Sephton

Landscape Mobiliser

Maya Beukes

Knowledge Broker

Melloson Allen

Office Manager

Nadine Oosthuysen

Financial Administrator

Odirilwe Selomane

Non-Executive Director

Otto Beukes

Landscape Innovator

Pamela Sekese

Research Associate

Steve Berry

Office Manager

Thelani Grant

Landscape Mobiliser

Tiahnah-Leigh Göbel

Landscape Mobiliser

Wenzile Mbanjwa

Apprentice Landscape Mobiliser