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Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Company (KBRC)

Essentially, biosphere reserves are managed 'from the bottom up' – that is, by the people living there! In the case of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, the residents are collectively represented by the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Company (KBRC), a non-profit Company with the Board of Directors made up of appointed members from the community.

Although biosphere reserves are recognised by UNESCO at the international level, UNESCO does not play a part in its management apart from providing guidelines derived from the Seville Strategy. Management of the KBR is invested in the KBRC board, advised by a Management Committee. The composition of these two committees ensures all statutory management bodies and key NGOs are positively involved in the management process.

Board Members

Johan West (Chairman)
Philip Fourie (Vice Chairman)
Edward Molteno
Richard Starke
Jo Kearney
Stephanus (Fanie) Krige
Michael du Toit
Veronica Jacobs


Bianca Pronk (Administration Officer)

Technical Advisors

The board has the advantage of a being advised by hard-working technical advisors with expertise in matters pertaining to the environment, strategy, management and local government. The 14-person Management Committee does investigatory groundwork and research before tabling proposals to the KBRC board for decision.

Other bodies with management responsibility include:

Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP)

The DEA&DP has the statutory responsibility for the implementation of the biosphere reserve concept in the Western Cape, and has to date supplied most of the funding support.


CapeNature has the legal responsibility for management of the KBR core. The Western Cape Nature Conservation Board (CapeNature) is a public institution with the statutory responsibility for biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape. CapeNature's vision is "to establish biodiversity conservation as the foundation of a sustainable economy in the Western Cape thereby creating benefits and opportunities for all".

The Overberg District Municipality

The ODM plays a co-ordinating role in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, which stretches over two local municipalities and the Cape Metro. It fully supports the Bioregional Planning and Biosphere principles as was prescribed in the Bioregional Planning Manual in the Western Cape (PGWC, 2003). The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve will give effect to the recommendations and the principles of the Overberg District Municipality's Spatial Development Framework through the protection of globally significant biodiversity. It is therefore of utmost importance for the ODM to secure participation from as many stakeholders as possible to ensure effectiveness of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. The ODM furthermore strive to identify and promote economic and tourism opportunities within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, and contribute by means of officials that serve on the Management Committee.

Overstrand Municipality

Seventy percent (70%) of the terrestrial and marine component of the KBR falls within the Overstrand Municipality's jurisdiction. Committed to upholding Biosphere Principles, the Municipality is represented on the KBR Company board.

Theewaterskloof Municipality

Also represented on the KBRC Board, the Theewaterskloof Municipality has jurisdiction over the Elgin / Grabouw area of the KBR.

City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town has juristriction over the KBR core closest to Gordon's Bay.

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