About us

Meet some of the founders, members and friends of Afrikara.

Aletta Venter

Co-founder and Director

Afrikara co-founder, Aletta has been farming on Hoekiesdam for 35 years and has been on a journey of applying biodynamic practices on the farm since 2002.

Thierry Revert

Member and Director

Thierry interfaces with the three tiers of government, and other stakeholders and potential funders to promote sustainable development at Afrikara Cooperative.

Jason Higgins

BD Agriculture Apprentice

A qualified Waldorf teacher and resident apprentice biodynamic farmer, Jason hopes to help develop a sustainable agroecology-through-education model for South Africa.

Shirley Marais

Resident Member

Published poet, intuitive healer and language practitioner, Shirley does Body Alignment, runs creative writing workshops and manages farmstays at Hoekiesdam.

Hennie Marais

Resident Member

Hennie is involved in web design, farmstay management and maintenance.
He also manufactures developmental and other toys on the farm.

Hanna Hak


Hanna is a long-standing member and director of Afrikara and is responsible for social life of the cooperative.
She is a staunch supporter who lends a helping hand whenever needed.

Roger Oxlee


Roger is one of the longest-standing members of Afrikara. He has been a frequent visitor to Hoekiesdam and is an enthusiastic supporter of Afrikara initiatives.

Gustav v d Merwe


The late son of Aletta Venter, Gustav is a founding member, who made considerable capital and other inputs. The Magic Mystery School of Gud Stuff (see under Initiatives) is his legacy.