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Who's Who

Meet the teams from our projects, you can also email them personally on the emails at the end of their BIO's:

The Siyafunda Team:


Michael Job (B.Soc.Sc; FGASA Trails Guide; MBA)- Siyafunda Projects Director. I have dedicated my time to conservation in South Africa since 2002. After studying a Bachelors of Social Sciences at KZN University and then working in the UK for a couple of years, I finally figured out what I wanted to do with my life while on the tube in London looking across at a middle aged man, looking glum, I realised I did not want to turn into that. So I headed for home to South Africa and embarked on a career in eco-tourism, starting in Madikwe for 2 years as a guide and assistant manager at Mateya Safari Lodge. I skipped across to the Manyeleti for a month until I arrived at my family farm within the Makalali Reserve where I still find myself today. I am a qualified FGASA guide and Trails guide, I have also completed my MBA through Edinburgh Business School in 2011. I believe that wildlife conservation efforts require dedication to the fauna and flora but also the ability to manage effectively. My goals for Siyafunda are to expand into other conservation areas where our expertise in linking tourism with effective wildlife management can be implemented for the benefit of the reserve, the community and the wildlife. You can contact me at


Makalali Research Camp Team:



Emma Jenkins (FGASA Guide, Lead Trails Guide) - Science Coordinator All Siyafunda Projects Born in the UK I have always known I wanted to work with nature. After studying environmental science, biology and world development at college this passion was amplified and led me to travel to Africa where I fell in love with the environment and the culture and knew I needed to stay! After studying at Bushwise I am lucky enough to be here and play a role in conserving what South Africa has to offer.







Sam Adams (FGASA Guide, Back-up Trails Guide) - Senior Coordinator Main Research Camp

Kayla McClelland (FGASA Guide) - Coordinator Main Research Camp


Monica Matukawa Research Camp House keeper Monica is the longest standing employee of Siyafunda and has been here from the start in 2004. She is in charge of general camp & upkeep duties at the Makalali Research camp. Monica was born and lives in Enable Village 30minutes from the Reserve and has lived in this part of South Africa all her life & takes much pride in looking after the Volunteers, to make their stay as comfortable in her part of Africa






The Endangered Species Project:


Derek Smith (FGASA & Lead Trails Guide) – Head Coordinator Endangered Species Project

Eugenio Guasina (FGASA & Back-up Trails Guide) - Assistant Coordinator Endangered Species Project

Ripson Mongadi – Endangered Species, Camp keeper. Ripson has worked with Siyafunda since August 2005. Ripson is one of three Mongadis who have worked for the Job family over the years and is passionate about making sure Bush camp is in tip top shape for all who join us for their bush experience. Ripson also lives in the neighbouring villages and has spent most of his life in the Limpopo.









The Dog Squad:




Khala (Qualified Dog) - Mike's Side-Kick. Was born in Namakgale Village and was rescued by the SPCA until she found a home on the Makalali Reserve with Mike. Favourite activities include following Mike around, chasing Nyalas, but only if they run, is a bit nervous when they just stand and look at her. Also will get volunteers to engage in a lengthy game of fetch if they find themselves looking for something to do.


Butch (Qualified Dog) -Mike's nemesis

Dolly (Qualified Dog) - Mike's other Side-Kick