Lente Lidia Roode
Lente Roode is well-known in South African wildlife and conservation circles.
In 1950 Lente’s father, Willie Schürmann, bought a 2000-hectare farm in the Hoedspruit district in the Northern Province of South Africa which today forms part of the Kapama Private Game Reserve (situated close to the Kruger National Park in South Africa).
It was during her childhood that she developed her love for animals, the African bushveld, and for the farm, which she visited at every opportunity. This was the beginning of a life-long passion for conservation of the cheetah, and of all animal species.
As a child of six, Lente was given an orphaned cheetah cub after a neighboring farmer shot the mother. They called her “Sebeka” and she soon became part of the Schürmann household. Together, Lente and her mother (a nurse) lovingly cared for the animal. Lente and her cheetah were inseparable.
After completing her studies in education, Lente married Johann Roode in 1970.
Adine was born in Pretoria on the 9th October 1973 to Johann and Lente Roode (joining sibling Bernard). She was schooled in Pretoria from 1979 to 1991, and showed a particular interest and talent in sports and photography.
Adine had wildlife in her blood from the start. Her earliest memories of the bush are drawn from the Roode family’s many visits to the Kruger National Park, and to MalaMala Game Reserve (one of South Africa’s conservation pioneers who made the transition from a hunting to a photographic safari). Holidays were spent on her father’s reserve, where this feisty youngster earned her keep by doing jobs which included checking the power supply on the fences, conducting tours at the HESC, and eagerly assisting with veterinary duties.
She completed her tertiary education at The University of Pretoria, achieving a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours) in Accountancy.
Adine worked at her father’s side in his business, and inherited his sound business acumen and commendable attitude in resolving challenging situations. It was from him that Adine learned that nothing worthwhile is easy. She would often hear him say, “The lift to success is broken. You will have to take the steps to achieve success.”
Heidi & Allen Roberts
Several years ago, a New York couple visited Camp Jabulani. They fell in love with the herd of elephants, and with the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.
Allen and Heidi Roberts returned home from South Africa determined to help the founder of HESC, Lente Roode, with her work in rescuing endangered and orphaned wild animals. To that end they established ‘U.S. Friends of Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre’, and set about organizing a series of dinner parties with high profile guests in their Park Avenue home to fund it.
Their contribution, both financial and supportive, over the years cannot be overestimated, and it is thanks to them that HESC continues to operate. Their commitment to wildlife conservation in South Africa is proven, and it was only natural that they were approached to sit on WCT’s board of Trustees.
‘U.S. Friends of Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre Inc.’ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife. Charitable contributions are deductible for U.S. Income Tax purposes, to the extent allowed by law. EIN 13-4347275
Gert Cloete Gertzen
Gert Cloete Gertzen, world renowned interior designer and owner of GC Gertzen Interiors, has been in the interior design business for 39 years and recently moved from Pretoria to Franschhoek.
Gert Gertzen was born and raised in Pretoria and studied under the famous artist Walter Batiss. After numerous travels overseas where he gained knowledge and experience, Gert returned to South Africa in 1972 to manage Reney Otto Interiors. Ten years later Gert Gertzen Interiors was born, and today this humble man can proudly boast about his international reputation encompassing projects in Ethosha and the Kalahari; The Pulana Hotel in Maputo; houses in Geneva, London and Switzerland; ‘Tuinhuis’ in Cape Town; offices for FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela; and even the interiors of private jets!
Gert described his philosophy on designing: “Nothing is just decorative – it is very important that there are lots of hidden qualities.”
Some of Gert’s current projects include a penthouse in Clifton; a house in Wentworth in the United Kingdom; a private gym and spa in Bavaria; a lodge in Timbavati; and his ongoing project at La Petite Dauphine in Franschoek (where he is co-owner).
The Wildlife Conservation Trust is Sanlam’s CSI project, and Marteen Michau (Head of Fiduciary) sits on WCT’s board of Trustees as their representative.
Her contribution is invaluable, as she is experienced as a fiduciary and tax specialist, having advised on tax and legal issues for the last 20 years at (inter alia) PWC, RMB Private Bank, Gerber Botha and Gowar.
Educational Qualifications: CA (SA; B Juris, LLB, CTA, Post graduate diploma in Accounting)
Sanlam Private Investments (Pty) Ltd: registration number 2000/023234/07.