BirdLife South Africa is one of South Africa’s largest non–governmental, non-profit conservation organisations. The organisation is membership-based with more than 30 bird clubs nationwide. Essentially, bird clubs run recreational birding programmes with central elements being outings, indoor meetings and newsletters. Many bird clubs have conservation and education programmes. The BirdLife South Africa secretariat provides administration for membership and national conservation programmes, fundraising, public relations and management of publications and formal meetings.


BirdLife South Africa’s current management structure


*With effect from 27 April 2017, the BirdLife South Africa governance structure consists of a Board of Directors which meets on a regular basis. The composition is as follows:

  • Chairman: Philip Calinikos
  • Honorary Treasurer: Manuela Krog
  • Chief Executive Officer: Mark D. Anderson
  • Forum representative (Northern Areas): Yvonne Pennington
  • Forum representative (KwaZulu-Natal): Peter Divall
  • Forum representative (Western Cape): Dr Mark Brown
  • Co-opted member: Ismail Bhorat
  • Co-opted member: David Chamberlain
  • Co-opted member: Nicholus Funda
  • Co-opted member: Linda Hart
  • Co-opted member: Galeboe Modisapodi

Conservation is the primary reason for BirdLife South Africa’s existence. While we engage in, promote and support other activities, such as birding and tourism, community-based conservation, and our education work, everything is geared towards achieving bird conservation goals.