Meet the team

Meet the Team

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Loma Powrie - Chief Executive Officer

Loma joined the Sabi Sand Wildtuin in 2010 and was appointed as CEO of the Trust when the SSW took over the management of the Trust in 2011. Loma has since been able to pursue her passion of seeing local communities benefit by partnering with conservation. She now hopes to expand the work done to date and deepen the reserve’s relationship with our neighbouring communities.


Isaac Hlathswayo – Community Liaison Officer

Muzamani Isaac Hlathswayo was born and raised in a village called Dumphries B around Bushbuckridge. He completed his matric in 1999 and started working on his career within Kruger National Park as gardener in February 2000. Since then Isaac has accomplished great things in his life from managing at one on the top Sabi Sand lodges and now as the Community Liasion Officer for the Sabi Sand Wildtuin. Community development has always been a passion of his and he is fulfilling his dream.

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Suzie Frankel – Funding & Communications Officer

Suzie holds a B.Ed Hons degree and Honours in Brand Management. Her focus at the Trust is Fundraising and Communications. Suzie is invested in building the Trust collaborations with landowners, NGOs and lodges within the Sabi Sand Wildtuin to make a tangible difference in addressing the social challenges in this region. She believes that life is about making a difference and what better than working in some of the poorest villages in the country. In her considered view, the upliftment of the communities is pertinent to the survival of one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions.

Candice Pierce – Ecological Officer

Candice previously working for the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, has a background in nature conservation and ecology, whose will and determination has kept her in the field. Her passion for the bush and its wildlife has driven her to venture into community based conservation. She has shifted her focus to educating communities about the importance of preserving the natural environment as sustainability and preservation is key in making a difference. Her young spirit and experience should bring much value to the team.

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Louise Combrinck – Projects Manager

Louise, practised as a qualified charted accountant with a forensic investigation background. Although her mind is financially geared, it often wanders to more creative outlets such as photography, blogging, baking and designing. She tries to focus on the good things in life, because ultimately what you think determines who you are. It is for the above reason, plus a lot more, that the SSPT trust keeps a very soft spot in her heart.

Grace Mashile

Grace Mashile – Training Officer

Rese Grace Mashile is a teacher by profession with BA and B.ED degree. Her other qualifications include: Assessor, Moderator, Skills Development Facilitator, Learning Material Design and Development, Tourism N4 and N5 courses. She has taught at many different levels and her main focus was around Tourism which she taught for over thirteen years. Her passion is in sustainable and responsible Tourism. Sustainable and responsible Tourism is about people, the planet and profit. The involvement of local communities will encourage them to learn the best method of preserving our environment to be useful and resourceful for future generations.