Council Members

Council Members, with the exception of the Scientific, Publication and Website Editors, are elected at the Annual General Meeting after being nominated by fellow Members of the Society.
 

Council Members

Council Members, with the exception of the Scientific, Publication and Website Editors, are elected at the Annual General Meeting after being nominated by fellow Members of the Society.

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The Vice President is elected each year, while all other positions are filled every two years. The Scientific Editor, Publication Editor and Website Editor are positions appointed by the retiring Council at the last meeting of their term.. Nominations for the positions of Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and Public Relations Officer must be received 21 (twenty-one) days prior to the date of the AGM in order to undergo a vetting process.

If you would like to nominate a fellow Society Member to stand on Council, please download, complete the Nomination Form and fax it to +27 (0)86 622 7576.

Positions that need to nominated for the 2017/2018 Council are Vice-President and four Additional Members (in the portfolios of Assistant Publication Editors (two) and Assistant Treasurer).

Download the Council Member Nomination Form

NOTE: All retiring Councillors shall be eligible for re-election, except the retiring President, who shall not be eligible for re-election for the ensuing term, but shall remain on the Council as Immediate Past President.

2016 / 2017

 
POSITION NAME ORGANIZATION

President

Julius Tjelele

Agricultural Research Council
Vice President

Sigrun Ammann

Western Cape Department of Agriculture
Immediate Past President

Leslie Brown

UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences
Honorary Secretary

Heleen Els

Mangosuthu University of Technology
Honorary Treasurer

Justin du Toit

DAFF – Grootfontein ADI
Scientific Editor

James Bennett

Coventry University: Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Publications Editor

Josef van Wyngaard

Western Cape Department of Agriculture
Website Editor

Florence Nherera-Chokuda

Agricultural Research Council
Public Relations Officer

Janke van der Colf

Western Cape Department of Agriculture
Additional Member (Treasurer)

Linda Kleyn

Martial Computing
Additional Member (Grassroots)

Janet Taylor

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Additional Member (Grassroots)

Abubeker Hassen

University of Pretoria: Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences
Additional Member (Website)

Charne Viljoen

Stellenbosch University
Chairperson of Trust

Rina Grant-Biggs

Independent
Chairperson of the Professional Affairs Committee

Leslie Brown

UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences
Chairperson of the 52nd Congress Organising Committee

Mike Peel

Agricultural Research Council
Administrator

Erica Joubert

Grassland Society of Southern Africa

 

2015 / 2016

PORTFOLIO
NAME
ORGANISATION
President

Leslie Brown

UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences
Vice President
 
Julius Tjelele Agricultural Research Council
Immediate Past President
 
Tony Palmer Agricultural Research Council
Honorary Secretary
 
Michelle Tedder
University of KwaZulu-Natal: School of Life Sciences
Honorary Treasurer
 
Justin du Toit
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Grootfontein ADI
Scientific Editor
 
James Bennett
Coventry University: Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Publications Editor
 
Pieter Swanepoel
Stellenbosch University: Department of Agronomy

Website Editor

Paul Gordijn SAEON Grasslands-Forests-Wetlands Node
Public Relations Officer
 
Melvin Swarts
Agricultural Research Council
Co-opted Member (Fundraising)
 
Erika van Zyl
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Additional Member (Grassroots)
 
Keletso Mopipi
University of Fort Hare: Department of Livestock & Pasture Science
Additional Member (Grassroots)
 
Janet Taylor
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs

Additional Member (Public Relations)

James Puttick University of Cape Town: Plant Conservation Unit
Chairperson of Trust
 
Rina Grant-Biggs
Independent
Chairperson of the Professional Affairs Committee
 
Leslie Brown
UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences

Chairperson of the 51st Congress Organising Committee

Pieter Swanepoel

Stellenbosch University: Department of Agronomy

 

 

 

2014 / 2015

PORTFOLIO
NAME
ORGANISATION
President

Tony Palmer

Agricultural Research Council
Vice President
Leslie Brown UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences
Immediate Past President
Igshaan Samuels Agricultural Research Council
Honorary Secretary
Michelle Tedder
University of KwaZulu-Natal: School of Life Sciences
Honorary Treasurer
Justin du Toit
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Grootfontein ADI
Scientific Editor
James Bennett
Coventry University: Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Publications Editor
Pieter Swanepoel
Western Cape Department of Agriculture
Website Editor Paul Gordijn SAEON Grasslands-Forests-Wetlands Node
Public Relations Officer
Melvin Swarts
Agricultural Research Council
Co-opted Member (Fundraising)
Wayne Truter
University of Pretoria: Department of Plant Production and Soil Science
Additional Member (Assistant to Publications Editor)
Keletso Mopipi
University of Fort Hare: Department of Livestock & Pasture Science
Additional Member (Assistant to Publications Editor)
Janet Taylor
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs
Additional Member (Assistant to the PRO) James Puttick University of Cape Town: Plant Conservation Unit
Chairperson of Trust
Rina Grant
Independent
Chairperson of the Professional Affairs Committee
Leslie Brown
UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences
Chairperson of the Congress Organising Committee Kevin Kirkman University of KwaZulu-Natal: School of Life Sciences

2013 / 2014

PORTFOLIO
NAME
ORGANISATION
President

Igshaan Samuels

Agricultural Research Council
Vice President
Tony Palmer Agricultural Research Council
Immediate Past President
Loraine van den Berg Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Grootfontein ADI
Honorary Secretary
Yolandi Els
Rhodes University: Botany Department
Honorary Treasurer
Justin du Toit
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Grootfontein ADI
Scientific Editor
James Bennett
Coventry University: Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Publications Editor
Pieter Swanepoel
Western Cape Department of Agriculture
Website Editor Alan Barrett UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences
Public Relations Officer
Mota Lesoli
Fort Cox College of Agriculture and Forestry
Co-opted Member (Fundraising)
Wayne Truter
University of Pretoria: Department of Plant Production and Soil Science
Additional Member (Assistant to Publications Editor)
Keletso Mopipi
University of Fort Hare: Department of Livestock & Pasture Science
Additional Member (Assistant to Publications Editor)
Janet Taylor
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs
Additional Member (Assistant to the PRO) James Puttick University of Cape Town: Plant Conservation Unit
Chairperson of Trust
Chris Dannhauser
University of Limpopo: School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Chairperson of the Professional Affairs Committee
Leslie Brown
UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences
Chairperson of the Congress Organising Committee Paul Malan University of the Free State: Department of Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences

2012 / 2013

Picture of GSSA Council 2012/2013

PORTFOLIO
NAME
ORGANISATION
President

Loraine van den Berg

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Grootfontein ADI
Vice President
Igshaan Samuels Agricultural Research Council
Immediate Past President
Wayne Truter University of Pretoria: Department of Plant Production and Soil Science
Honorary Secretary
Yolandi Els
SAEON Arid Node
Honorary Treasurer
Justin du Toit
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Grootfontein ADI
Scientific Editor
Susi Vetter
Rhodes University: Botany Department
Publications Editor
Julius Tjelele
Agricultural Research Council
Website Editor Lisa Hebbelmann Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
Public Relations Officer
Mota Lesoli
Fort Cox College of Agriculture and Forestry
Additional Member (Pastures)
Jabulani Mashiya
Tshwane University of Technology
Additional Member (Assistant to Website Editor)
James Puttick
University of Cape Town
Additional Member (Assistant to Publications Editor)
Ian Rushworth
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Additional Member (Assistant to the PRO) Natasha Gabriels Agricultural Research Council
Additional Member (Assistant to Publications Editor & Pastures)
Pieter Swanepoel
Western Cape Department of Agriculture
Chairperson of Trust
Chris Dannhauser
University of Limpopo: School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Chairperson of the Professional Affairs Committee
Leslie Brown
UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences
Chairperson of the Congress Organising Committee Chris Dannhauser University of Limpopo: School of Agriculture and Environmental Science

 

2011 / 2012

PORTFOLIO
NAME
ORGANISATION
President

Wayne Truter

University of Pretoria: Department of Plant Production and Soil Science
Vice President
Loraine van den BergDepartment of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Grootfontein ADI
Immediate Past President
Sikhalazo Dube Agricultural Research Council
Honorary Secretary
Nelmarie Saayman
Western Cape Department of Agriculture
Honorary Treasurer
Justin du Toit
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Grootfontein ADI
Scientific Editor
Susi Vetter
Rhodes University: Botany Department
Publications Editor
Julius Tjelele
Agricultural Research Council
Website Editor Lisa Hebbelmann Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
Public Relations Officer
Igshaan Samuels
Agricultural Research Council
Additional Member (Assistant to the PRO)
Jabulani Mashiya
Tshwane University of Technology
Additional Member (Assistant to Website Editor)
James Puttick
University of Cape Town
Additional Member (Assistant to Publications Editor)
Ian Rushworth
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Additional Member (Assistant to Publications Editor)
Vhalinavho Khavhagali
Northern Cape Department of Environment and Conservation
Chairperson of Trust
Chris Dannhauser
University of Limpopo: School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Chairperson of the Professional Affairs Committee
Leslie Brown
UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences
Chairperson of the Congress Organising Committee Igshaan Samuels Agricultural Research Council

 

2010 / 2011

PORTFOLIO
NAME
ORGANISATION
President

Sikhalazo Dube

CSIR - Natural Resources and the Environment
Vice President
Wayne TruterUniversity of Pretoria: Department of Plant Production and Soil Science
Immediate Past President
Mike Peel Agricultural Research Council
Honorary Secretary
Nelmarie Saayman
Western Cape Department of Agriculture
Honorary Treasurer
Justin du Toit
National Department of Agriculture: Grootfontein ADI
Scientific Editor
Susi Vetter
Rhodes University: Botany Department
Publications Editor
Julius Tjelele
Agricultural Research Council
Public Relations Officer
Igshaan Samuels
Agricultural Research Council
Additional Member (Assistant to the PRO)
Cobus Botha
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development: Cedara
Additional Member (Website Editor)
Anuschka Barac
North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment
Additional Member (Assistant to Publications Editor)
Ian Rushworth
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Additional Member (Assistant to Publications Editor)
Vhalinavho Khavhagali
Northern Cape Department of Environment and Conservation
Additional Member (Assistant to Website Editor) Lisa HebbelmannUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal: School of Biological and Conservation Sciences
Chairperson of Trust
Chris Dannhauser
University of Limpopo: School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Chairperson of the Professional Affairs Committee
Leslie Brown
UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences
Chairperson of the Congress Organising Committee Loraine van den Berg National Department of Agriculture: Grootfontein ADI

 

2009 / 2010

PORTFOLIO
NAME
ORGANISATION
President
Mike Peel
Agricultural Research Council
Vice President
Sikhalazo Dube CSIR - Natural Resources and the Environment
Immediate Past President
Pieter Conradie Eastern Cape Department of Agriculture: Dohne ADI
Honorary Secretary
Loraine van den Berg
National Department of Agriculture: Grootfontein ADI
Honorary Treasurer
Justin du Toit
National Department of Agriculture: Grootfontein ADI
Scientific Editor
Susi Vetter
Rhodes University: Botany Department
Publications Editor
Julius Tjelele
Agricultural Research Council
Public Relations Officer
Igshaan Samuels
Agricultural Research Council
Additional Member (Assistant to the PRO)
Cobus Botha
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development: Cedara
Additional Member (Website Editor)
Anuschka Barac
North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment
Additional Member (Assistant to Publications Editor)
Erika van Zyl
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development: Dundee
Additional Member (Pastures)
Wayne Truter
University of Pretoria: Department of Plant Production and Soil Science
Chairperson of Trust
Chris Dannhauser
University of Limpopo: School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Chairperson of the Professional Affairs Committee
Leslie Brown
UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences

2008 / 2009

PORTFOLIO
NAME
ORGANISATION
President
Pieter Conradie
Eastern Cape Department of Agriculture: Dohne ADI
Vice President
Mike Peel
ARC – Livestock Business Division
Immediate Past President
Rina Grant
SANParks: Kruger National Park
Honorary Secretary
Loraine van den Berg
National Department of Agriculture: Grootfontein ADI
Honorary Treasurer
Justin du Toit
University of KwaZulu-Natal: School of Biological and Conservation Sciences
Scientific Editor
Peter Scogings
University of Zululand: Department of Agriculture
Acting Scientific Editor (July to December 2008)
Susi Vetter
Rhodes University: Botany Department
Publications Editor
Alan Short
ARC – Livestock Business Division
Public Relations Officer
Sikhalazo Dube
University of Fort Hare: Department of Livestock and Pasture Science
Additional Member (Pastures)
Phillip Botha
Western Cape Department of Agriculture: Institute for Plant Production
Additional Member
Anuschka Barac
North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment
Additional Member
Erika van Zyl
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs: Dundee
Additional Member
Wayne Truter
University of Pretoria: Department of Plant Production and Soil Science
Chairperson of Trust
Klaus Kellner
North West University: School of Environmental Science and Development
Chairperson of the Professional Affairs Committee
Leslie Brown
UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences

 

2007 / 2008

PORTFOLIO NAME ORGANISATION
President Rina Grant SANParks: Kruger National Park
Vice President Pieter Conradie Eastern Cape Department of Agriculture: Dohne ADI
Immediate Past President Mark Hardy Western Cape Department of Agriculture: Institute for Plant Production
Honorary Secretary Loraine van den Berg National Department of Agriculture: Grootfontein ADI
Honorary Treasurer Justin du Toit University of KwaZulu-Natal: Discipline of Grassland Science
Scientific Editor Peter Scogings University of Zululand: Department of Agriculture
Publications Editor Alan Short KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs: Cedara
Public Relations Officer Luthando Dziba ARC – Livestock Business Division
Additional Member (Website Co-ordinator) Khanyisile Mbatha Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment
Additional Member (Assistant Public Relations Officer) Susi Vetter Rhodes University: Botany Department
Additional Member (Assistant Publications Editor) Jorrie Jordaan Limpopo Department of Agriculture: Towoomba ADI
Additional Member Phillip Botha Western Cape Department of Agriculture: Institute for Plant Production
Chairperson of Trust Klaus Kellner North West University: School of Environmental Science and Development
Chairperson of the Professional Affairs Committee Leslie Brown UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences

2006 / 2007

PORTFOLIO NAME ORGANISATION
President Mark Hardy Western Cape Department of Agriculture: Institute for Plant Production
Vice President Rina Grant SANParks: Kruger National Park
Immediate Past President Annelene Swanepoel Western Cape Department of Agriculture: Institute for Plant Production
Honorary Secretary Loraine van den Berg National Department of Agriculture: Grootfontein ADI
Honorary Treasurer Justin du Toit University of KwaZulu-Natal: Discipline of Grassland Science
Scientific Editor Peter Scogings University of Zululand: Department of Agriculture
Publications Editor Alan Short KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs: Cedara
Public Relations Officer Luthando Dziba ARC – Livestock Business Division
Additional Member (Website Co-ordinator) Khanyisile Mbatha Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment
Additional Member Susi Vetter Rhodes University: Botany Department
Additional Member Jorrie Jordaan Limpopo Department of Agriculture: Towoomba ADI
Additional Member None  
Chairperson of Trust Winston Trollope University of Fort Hare: Department of Livestock and Pasture Science
Chairperson of the Professional Affairs Committee Leslie Brown UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences

 

2005 / 2006

PORTFOLIO NAME ORGANISATION
President Annelene Swanepoel Western Cape Department of Agriculture: Institute for Plant Production
Vice President Mark Hardy Western Cape Department of Agriculture: Institute for Plant Production
Immediate Past President Nicky Allsopp ARC – Livestock Business Division
Honorary Secretary Sigrun Ammann ARC – Livestock Business Division
Honorary Treasurer Justin du Toit University of KwaZulu-Natal: Discipline of Grassland Science
Scientific Editor Peter Scogings University of Zululand: Department of Agriculture
Publications Editor Alan Short KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs: Cedara
Public Relations Officer Nicky Findlay KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs: Cedara
Additional Member (Website Co-ordinator) Rina Grant SANParks: Kruger National Park
Additional Member Mphoya Thobela Mvelo Development
Additional Member (Assistant Public Relations Officer) Luthando Dziba ARC – Livestock Business Division
Additional Member None  
Chairperson of Trust Winston Trollope University of Fort Hare: Department of Livestock and Pasture Science
Chairperson of the Professional Affairs Committee Leslie Brown UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences

 

2004 / 2005

PORTFOLIO NAME ORGANISATION
President Nicky Allsopp ARC – Livestock Business Division
Vice President Annelene Swanepoel Western Cape Department of Agriculture: Institute for Plant Production
Immediate Past President Annelie de Beer North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment: Potchefstroom
Honorary Secretary Sigrun Ammann ARC – Livestock Business Division
Honorary Treasurer Mike Panagos Tshwane University of Technology: Department of Nature Conservation
Scientific Editor Peter Scogings University of Zululand: Department of Agriculture
Publications Editor Alan Short KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs: Cedara
Public Relations Officer Nicky Findlay KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs: Cedara
Additional Member (Website Co-ordinator) Dawood Hattas ARC – Range and Forage Institute
Additional Member Mphoya Thobela Mvelo Development
Additional Member Justin du Toit University of KwaZulu-Natal: Discipline of Grassland Science
Additional Member None  
Chairperson of Trust Winston Trollope University of Fort Hare: Department of Livestock and Pasture Science
Chairperson of the Professional Affairs Committee Leslie Brown UNISA: Department of Environmental Sciences

 

 
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