Jacques Pretorius – Environmentalist
M.Phil. (Environmental Managment); B.A. Hons. (International Relations), B.A. (Social Dynamics).
Research and Development Officer
Jacques completed a BA in Social Dynamics before moving to the Sabi Sand in 2006 to work as a guide in the lodging industry. In 2008 he completed an Honours degree in International Relations at the University of Stellenbosch. The focus of his studies was on the human aspects of conservation in Africa and how international environmental management and conservation governance structures are influencing conservation in the SADC region.
During 2009 and 2010 he completed a MPhil in Environmental Management at the University of Stellenbosch. Masters level studies were focused on further investigating the relationships between humans and the environment in Southern Africa, specifically the structural aspects of management regimes in the region
As part of the baboon management team on the Cape Peninsula, his dissertation focused on the co-management structures for baboon management on the peninsula and the problems and pitfalls surrounding this type of management structure.
Since completing his studies he has held positions in the Conservation, Environmental Management and Corporate Sustainability sectors. All of these positions involved research on innovative solutions to conflict situations as it pertains to humans and the environment.
He has also held positions in the formal education sector, both as a lecturer for Ndip Nature Management students and at a primary and tertiary education level as environmental education facilitator.
Jacques joined the HWS team in 2017.