About KVET

The Kogelberg Villages Environmental Trustees

In 2022, concerned residents of the Kogelberg Villages region came together to identify community-driven solutions for the environmental challenges facing our region. The Kogelberg Villages Environmental Trustees (KVET) is a community-run Non-Profit Organization (Registration No.: 287-258 NPO) representing the ecological interests of Bettys Bay, Mooi Uitsig, Kleinmond, Pringle Bay, Hangklip and Rooiels.

KVET understands that we are fortunate to live in and around the UNESCO Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and Marine Protected Area, a unique biosphere shared by both humans and wildlife and that we have a responsibility to not only protect our unique environment but to also serve our human communities and establish a harmonious co-existence. 

Protection of our Flora and Fauna is important for the long-term sustainability of our local environment and KVET is dedicated to informing and educating our residents and visitors so that we may all benefit from the nature that surrounds us.

The Board is comprised of local residents of the villages of the Kogelberg Village and the organisation is actively seeking further input and membership from the community.

Organizational Documents

Download copies of our founding documents, including the Constitution, and current revisions. 


On October 18th, 2022 in a meeting held by the Overstrand Municipality in Kleinmond, Mayor Rabie called upon the Kogelberg Biosphere village communities to come up with an alternative proposal for managing the baboons in our area.

It was clear in the meeting in Kleinmond that there was a need for a community-driven option to the current issue regarding managing our existing urban baboons.

On November 3rd, 2022 in Betty’s Bay and November 10th, 2022 in Pringle Bay, the proposal for a non-profit Community Board of Environmental Trustees was presented to the residents as an option for baboon management which was well received by the majority who were present.

The original presentation and subsequent survey can be found at

The full proposal to the community and the Overstrand Municipality can be found at this link: 
Extended KVET Proposal 

Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure the humane management of baboon troops in the Kogelberg area through education, advocacy, and community engagement. We strive to prevent human-baboon conflict and promote a peaceful coexistence between residents and baboons. We aim to keep baboons out of high traffic areas and private homes, reduce reliance on human-derived foods, and promote sustainable foraging behaviours. We are committed to understanding and addressing the root causes of conflict and to fostering a legacy of respect for the rich and diverse plant and animal life of the area.

“It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.”

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

Office Bearers

Elsa Jacobs

Treasurer and Founding Member

Founding Member
Resident of Bettys Bay

Growing up on a farm, I always had a passion for nature, especially animals. Farming taught me to respect nature. I will always fight for the rights of animals. Work experience: High school teacher. Managed the school's admin and organised most of its functions. Served on the school's governing board. Purchase clerk for a big company. Property Professional and Holiday Rental Agent. Holds an N6 Certificate in Computer Practice (Potchefstroom Technical College), a certificate in Administration management (Centurion Academy), a National Professional Diploma in Education (NWU), a variety of certificates in accounting (Varsity College and College SA) and NQF4 in Property Professional.


Liezl Smith

Communication Lead and Fundraising Officer

Founding Member
Resident of Pringle Bay

A gypsy at heart - have lived and travelled extensively in Africa, Europe, America/ South America and India. ALL beings are connected…..it is our duty and privilege to take care of all that resides and grows on our planet. Business background: real estate and previously owner of an events and tenting solutions company.


Aimee Bell

Secretary and Founding Member

Founding Member
Resident of Pringle Bay

An outdoor enthusiast with a passion for Africa, travel and conscious sustainable living. Held the positions of General Manager at the Ubuntu Beds Non-Profit and Business Development Manager at Khwela Womxn Non-Profit Organisation. Working background in operations, travel technology and customer success.


Erna Thirion

Legal Lead

Resident of Betty's Bay

Pieter Swart

Human Resources Lead

Resident of Betty's Bay

Trudi Snyman

Public Relations Lead

Resident of Pringle Bay

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