Meet some of the founders, members and friends of Afrikara.
Aletta VenterCo-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 RevertMember and Director
Thierry interfaces with the three tiers of government, and other stakeholders and potential funders to promote sustainable development at Afrikara Cooperative.
Jason HigginsBD 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 MaraisResident Member
Published poet, intuitive healer and language practitioner, Shirley does Body Alignment, runs creative writing workshops and manages farmstays at Hoekiesdam.
Hennie MaraisResident Member
Hennie is involved in web design, farmstay management and maintenance.
He also manufactures developmental and other toys on the farm.
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 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 MerweCo-founder
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.