DIRECTORS


FANUS and AMANDA ENGELBRECHT are business owners living and working in Nelspruit. They have been visiting Inhaca Island from 1996. In 2000 they entered into an agreement with members of the local community to use a machamba to erect a private holiday home on the southwesterly shore of Inhaca. They have been enjoying the incredible marine eco-systems, diversity and tranquillity of the Island, as well as the hospitality and friendliness of the people of Inhaca Island for the past 9 years. As part of their social responsibility they have made several donations of equipment to the Inhaca Island Medical Clinic and the Inhaca Island Administration during this period. In 2008 they decided that the time had come to establish an environmentally sensitive and sustainable eco-resort on the Island, that would attract the more affluent tourist through offering a superior product and experience. Their intention is to create sufficient employment through the development of the resort, that will prevent the destruction of the inter-tidal zones in the southern bay of Inhaca Island due to the daily collection of edible marine life by hand and by nets.


LAMMERT OOSTHUIZEN is a Construction industry professional and has been engaged in a wide variety of projects starting out as a Project Finance Associate with Credinvest Corporate Finance of Malta in 2000. Since 2003 he has been either developer, project manager or project director of various multi-disciplinary construction, housing , civil engineering and structural steel projects in South Africa and Mozambique. He is the Managing Director and founder of various companies including Rosette Steel South Africa PTY LTD, Yeticorp and Yeticapital. Lammert is a qualified Construction Manager having obtained a BSc Degree from the University of Pretoria (UP) as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management from the Business School at UP. He is currently completing his B.Com degree specializing in Law (Unisa).


EUGENE CUSSONS
is the Managing Director of Chimpanzee Eden and the Rescue Director of Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) South Africa

Eugene Cussons was born in 1979 in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa. For generations, the Cussons family has been deeply rooted in the African conservation ethic, and Eugene grew up with a special appreciation for African wildlife. Learning from an early age, Eugene has dedicated his career to wildlife conservation, converting part of his family's game reserve into a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees— Jane Goodall's Chimpanzee Eden.

Eugene had a successful career in the corporate world before deciding to build Chimp Eden, making him uniquely qualified for his twin roles of managing the sanctuary and carrying out dangerous rescue missions. He studied business management and economics at the University of Pretoria, and he then developed software for financial trading applications. Deciding he didn't want to be deskbound for the rest of his career, Cussons returned to the family game reserve to combine his management skills with his love for the outdoors.

Eugene opened Chimp Eden in 2006 in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). As the managing director of Chimp Eden and the rescue director of JGI South Africa, Eugene has focused Chimp Eden's efforts on rescuing chimps from areas where no one else is willing to venture, such as war-torn countries like Sudan and Angola. Personally rescuing the chimps, Eugene brings them back to Chimp Eden, where he takes on the role of caretaker.

Besides his commitment to the chimps, Cussons is a devoted husband and father. Eugene is married to wife Natasha, and together they have a baby girl, Haley. The family calls Chimp Eden "home and live near the chimp sanctuary. The Cussons are never too far from their 19 chimpanzee residents with more chimps continually on the way.

Always one for adventure, Eugene is also a certified scuba diver, a boat skipper, skydiver and rock climber. He's an expert off-road driver and held the position of head instructor for the Land Rover Experience in South Africa.
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