Following the devastating fires at the beginning of 2009 in the Jonkershoek Valley, around Stellenbosch and Somerset West, a new station was established in Jonkershoek. The Jonkershoek station has allowed the VWS to hugely expand its area of service, providing assistance in the four major Boland CapeNature Reserves: Jonkershoek, Liemietberg, Kogleberg and Hottentots Holland.

In the past five years the VWS Jonkershoek branch has grown to approximately 50 active members with a fantastic support crew. In recent years, the Jonkershoek station has assisted CapeNature at a number of devastating fires including Du Toits Kloof, Franschhoek, Cederberg, Banghoek and many more. With the help from VWS Newlands to help get more teams on the fire line, they have proved to be a valuable resource to CapeNature. In the coming season, this station is expected to grow and continue to offer the same great service to CapeNature, while assisting in fighting fires to protect a significant portion of the City of Cape Town’s water catchment area.

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Meet the team

Wayne van den Heuvel
Station Manager

Ryno Marais
Operations Manager

Ian Harrison
Logistics Manager

Anja Nanny

Feijo Meeter
Fundraising Manager

Chris Hay
Safety & Compliance Manager

Zaan Bester
Marketing Manager

Matthew White
Training Manager

Kim Marrison
Critical Support Services Manager

Markus Nienaber
Events Manager

Ian Smit
Member Services Manager

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