Gondwana Alive

Gondwana Alive is a NON-PROFIT COMPANY registered in South Africa. We are also a recognized Public Benefit Organization with 18a status, so donations are tax deductible.

Where We Work

We work with communities in biodiversity hotspots and critical ecosystems found along natural & cultural Heritage Corridors. Communities may be a physical location or Communities of Practice. Research shows that most local projects have many partners some locally based, some based elsewhere, so the term “Community of Practice” is a good one.

What We Do


Gondwana Alive has 3 core programmes namely:


Earth Alive raises awareness of climate change and the “Sixth Extinction”, and promotes the need for stewardship of natural and cultural biodiversity and heritage. This is done through our website and social platforms, annual communication plan, publications, presentations, and events.

GrowGreen builds the capacity of community stewards. This is done through mentorship, training and our online recruitment advisor.

GreenPaths supports community steward activities that align with our mission to Stem the Sixth Extinction and goal to celebrate, protect and restore biodiversity – people, plant and animal.


To this end we undertake a number of projects that fall into these different programmes – the projects are varied but generally all include an ecological and socio-ecological component, and are implemented in biodiversity hotspots.


We maximize our impact and that of our donors by:

• Training trainers – train one mentor, touch many lives

• Supporting projects that contribute significantly toward:

– Jobs
– Skills
– Conservation
– Sustainable Development


Underlying all we do is a process inspiring nature connection and driving inherent social change toward sustainability.

Experience (CV)

All the projects we undertake are for public benefit and we are dependent on donor or grant funds to undertake projects.

Selected experience over the past 6 years:

• 2019 As part of our GreenPaths programme we support The Nature Conservancy with their source to sea water pilot projects in the Western Cape. The Nature Conservancy – South Africa.

• 2016-Present. As part of our GreenPaths programme exploring new paths to sustainability, we undertook cooperative Implementation of a Land & Livestock climate change adaptation project in Namaqualand. This involved building the institutional capacity of a local farming Cooperative and the capacity of farmers to adapt their livestock and grazing to account for increasingly hot, dry and extreme conditions. The project was successfully completed in 2018 but we continue to participate in SGF learning forums in 2019. Adaptation Fund Small Grants Facility, SANBI, South South North, Conservation South Africa, Biodiversity & Redmeat Cooperative.

• 2018-Present. As part of our emerging Gondwana Kids programme we support Photo Start, individuals, schools, community organizations and the Silver Mountain Music Festival in building an appreciation for nature through engagement in outdoor and creative activities such as music, art and photography.

• 2014-2016. As part of our GreenPaths programme celebrating natural and cultural diversity and heritage, we supported the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy community-based efforts to restore indigenous forest, build a network of trails and develop the Silver Mountain Music festival. Donation of R1.5 million (R500 000 over 3 years) and technical support as needed.

• 2015-Present. As part of our GrowGreen programme to build capacity for community stewardship, we support farmers with training on how to plan and eradicate alien vegetation, and trained contractors on path building and maintenance. Conservation at Work; Chiltern Farms; Baskloof.

• 2013-2015. As part of our GrowGreen programme we participated in the Groen Sebenza Jobs Fund Partnership Project. We were one of 44 partners engaged in building capacity of 800 young environmentalists from a rural community background, through 2.5 year mentorship & training programme. SANBI, National Treasury, Presidential Jobs Fund.

• 2013-Present. As part of our GrowGreen programme we are involved in Growth & development of !Khwa ttu San Culture & Education Centre on the West Coast, including strategic support to the Board & Management, assistance with fundraising, mentorship & sustainable livelihood internship development, training of staff, facilitating development of a San Heritage Centre, and input on conservation and land-use practices on their game farm. The Centre is a partnership between the San (represented by WIMSA) and the Swiss Ubuntu Foundation. Ubuntu Foundation Switzerland / !Khwa ttu.

• 2011-2013 As part of our GrowGreen and GreenPaths programme, we mentored and trained a team of local people to develop and operate a network of trails in the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve and supported the Biosphere Reserve with preparation of grant proposals. Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve & National Lottery Grant.

• 2010 – 2012. As part of our GrowGreen and GreenPaths programmes we developed and implemented a Coastal Community Stewardship and Mentorship project. Donation & National Lottery Grant.

Find out more about the projects we support.

• 2009 – Present. As part of our EarthAlive programme we support Dr John Anderson with his educational scientific outreach projects, and implement an annual social communication plan to build and engage an audience of people and organizations that love nature.


Since Gondwana Alive’s inception in 1999, co-founder Dr John Anderson and his associates have published several articles and books raising awareness of the “Sixth Extinction” and calling for stewardship of Earth’s natural and cultural diversity and heritage.

Check out the latest series on Biodiversity & Extinction here.


Anderson, J.M. 2000. Towards Gondwana Alive. Earthyear: the essential environmental guide 21: 155-157. Anderson, J.M. 2002.
Biodiversity and the Sixth Extinction. In D. Parry-Davies (ed.). The Enviropaedia: World Summit Edition, 2 pp. Anderson, J.M. 2003.
Under one roof. In: Princess Irene of the Netherlands (ed.) We are nature. 2 pp. De Wit, M.J. & Anderson, J.M. 2003.
Gondwana Alive Corridors: extending Gondwana research to incorporate stemming the Sixth Extinction.
Gondwana Research 6(3): 369-408. Anderson, J.M. & De Wit, M.J. 2004. Celebrating biodiversity to stem the Sixth Extinction: along Gondwana Alive Corridors. In D.D. Pant Commemorative Vol. ca 15 pp. Anderson, J.M. 2004.
The Sixth Extinction. Enviropaedia, 2 pp. Anderson, J.M. 2004. Gondwana Alive Corridors. Enviropaedia, 2 pp
Anderson, J.M. & De Wit, M.J., 2005. Gondwana Alive: at the threshold, Abstract, 12th International Gondwana Symposium, Mendoza, Argentina, November 2005.
Anderson, J.M. 2006. Humanity & the Sixth Extinction of life on Earth. In: Secular Spirituality as a contextual critique of religion, (eds) C.W. du Toit & C.P. Mayson. UNISA, Pretoria, pp 25-27.
Anderson, J.M. 2006. Biodiversity and the Sixth Extinction. Enviropaedia, pp 34-35.
Anderson, J.M., de Wit, M.J. & Mashua, T. 2008. Africa Alive Corridors: A continental network of Earth, life and cultural heritage. Geobulletin of the Geological Society of South Africa. December 2008, 10-25.
Anderson, J.M., de Wit, M.J. & van Heerden, A. 2008.
Earth Alive; 101 strategies towards stemming the Sixth Extinction & global warming. Minimag, Pretoria, 27 pp (this was first published by Minimag, a magazine for South African schoolgoers, as a 10-part monthly series through 2007).
Anderson, J.M., de Wit, M.J. & van Heerden, A. 2008.
Earth Alive; 101 Strategies towards stemming the Sixth Extinction & global warming (pack of 101 playing cards & game box; based on the booklet of the same title above).
AEON & SANBI. Anderson, J.M., Mashua, T. & de Wit, M.J.
2008. Africa Alive Corridors. Quest 4, 56-59 (a special edition prepared for the African launch of UNESCO’s International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE), Arusha, Tanzania).

Anderson, J.M. (ed.) 1999. Towards Gondwana Alive: promoting biodiversity and stemming the Sixth Extinction. Gondwana Alive Society, Pretoria, 140 pp.
Anderson, J.M. (ed.) 2001 (revised edition). Towards Gondwana Alive: promoting biodiversity and stemming the Sixth Extinction. Gondwana Alive Society, Pretoria, 140 pp.

The following two multi-contributor books are well advanced, and it is hoped will be published shortly.
They are the first in a series of 22 volumes (aimed at publication by Springer-Verlag over the following five years); one for each of the 20 selected ‘Africa Alive corridors’, the last being an ‘Out of Africa’ volume.

Each volume will be co-ordinated by an Earth scientist closely associated with the corridor; and will include many authors currently at the forefront of research in their relevant fields.
Anderson, J.M. & de Wit, M.J. eds (in prep). Africa Alive Corridors: Autobiography of the continent told along 20 corridors. Springer-Verlag, Berlin (ca 450 pp, with over 50 top African & international contributors)

Anderson, J.M. & de Wit, M.J. eds (in prep). Homo sapiens Corridor: Tracing humankind’s earliest journeys along the southern Cape coast. Springer-Verlag, Berlin (ca 450 pp, with over 50 top South African & international contributors)

The GA Team


Gondwana Alive is directed and run by a group of volunteers – Dr Tracey Phillips (CEO), Ivan Groenhof (Development), Associate Prof. John Anderson (Founder), Dr Kas Hamman (Biodiversity) and Richard Cock (Arts).

They are supported by a broader management committee and team of associates – Georgina Stirrup (finance), Hilary Frost (bookkeeping), Sheree-Ann Jooste(communication), Nolo Gwangqa (permaculture and community development), Mandlakazi Mgwebi (Environmental Management), Etienne Basson (Gondwana Kids and Trails), Jozua Lambrechts (Agricultural & Community Development Facilitator), Michele King (marketing and sales, social media) and Jordan King (writer).

Gondwana Alive works on complex socio-ecological projects requiring multi-disciplinary teams. Paid project teams are put together on a case by case basis. All projects are of public benefit and are funded through donations or grants.

Etienne Basson

Etienne Basson

Environmental education

Etienne (BSc) does wonderful work with inner city kids in gang ridden areas, schools and matriculants. He specializes in environmental education, community development, trail building and has a passion for hiking.

Dr Tracey Phillips

Dr Tracey Phillips


Gondwana Alive’s CEO & Co-Director, Dr Tracey Phillips, has an ecological background and 20 years of experience in sustainable development, project management, capacity building and small business.



Community Development

Nolo has interest, skills and some work experience in ecological aspects of sustainable development work including:\

  • Applied research.
  • Monitoring
  • Rehabilitation
  • Conservation
  • Permaculture
  • Community development and stakeholder engagement.
Ivan Groenhof

Ivan Groenhof

Co-Director & Senior Associate Consultant

Ivan works for GA on several of their projects, and was recently appointed to the GA Board of Directors (registration in process).He is an experienced project manager, facilitator and mentor.

Michele King

Michele King

Marketing and Development

A versatile and results-focused Marketing professional with over 20 years marketing experience who is passionate about the personal development of people and brands. Her background in Education and Business Development/Sales Management have positioned her perfectly to combine her skills to creatively find marketing solutions, and deliver results.

Mandlakazi Mgwebi

Mandlakazi Mgwebi

Environmental Management

Mandlakazi (Honours in Environmental Management) has interest, skills and some work experience in EIA supporting sustainable development work/projects including – applied research, project management, environmental impact assessment, monitoring, stakeholder and community liaison.

Jordan King

Jordan King


BA (Hons) Journalism with English Literature. Pitched and wrote stories for publications in the UK, the USA and South Africa. A Freelance journalist who is passionate about social justice pieces and has interned with Time magazine. She has also been a news editor and a section editor for student newspapers, a researcher and a co-author to recommendations for sexual violence policy changes in South Africa.



Sheree-Ann Jooste (Tourism Diploma) with an interest, skills and some work experience in social aspects of sustainable development work, including – public relations, hospitality & tourism, stakeholder engagement, facilitation and training, communication and reporting.

Jozua Lambrechts

Jozua Lambrechts

Agriculture and Community Development

Jozua Lambrechts is an educator by training and facilitator by nature. He specializes in land and livestock management, personal and community development.


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