B.Sc., M.Sc. (Physical Oceanography, UCT, 1997)
Craig has been the managing director of Lwandle since inception in 2002. Before this, he worked as an operational oceanographer for Racal Survey / Thales Geosolutions for five years (1998-2002). His travels have taken him to India, Antarctica and Kazakhstan, where he worked as a base manager for a year.
Craig loves listening to classical music between 07h35 and 08h10 on weekdays – it keeps both the car noise and his blood pressure down. He enjoys reading and cross-fit gym. He is married to Olivia and they have three children, Nina, Kendra and Liam.
Craig is curious about the ocean and finding innovative ways to map oceanographical data to assist industries with responsible and cost-efficient development on Africa’s shoreline.
B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., PhD (Marine Ecology, UCT, 1983)
Pr. Sci. Nat (#400245/060)
At about seven years old Robin developed the ambition of becoming a marine biologist; this was of some relief to his parents as previous to this his future appeared to be limited to ‘knocking in nails’. Following schooling in Durban, Robin obtained a B.Sc. degree at the University of Natal (Pmb). After spending some time as a professional fisherman and following other pursuits, Robin carried out post graduate studies in marine science at the University of Natal (Dbn) (M.Sc.) and then the University of Cape Town (PhD).
Robin joined Lwandle in 2005 and has led work for oil and gas companies, Maersk Oil, Sonangol, Petrobras, Forest Oil, Eni, Shell, BP, PetroSA and Anadarko, Port and harbour agencies and consulting engineering groups including Aurecon, SRK, PRDW, ERM etc. Significant components of this included assessing and measuring the environmental effects of harbour development for bulk cargo handling (iron ore in Saldanha Bay, manganese in Coega and coal in Nacala and at the Zambezi River mouth in Mozambique), container berth developments and the associated environmental implications of dredging, and specialist studies on the effects of oil / gas exploration and extraction on the marine environment. Marine discharges are another important element of the business portfolio managed by Robin through work ranging from effluent tracking and site specific evaluations of discharges to participating in provincial and national policy development.
Robin is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist in marine science with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions. He is married to Annmaree and has two daughters, Kate and Alexandra and three grandchildren, Rachel, PJ and Luke. Non-work pastimes include sailing (Hobiecat), bad golf and anything to do with the sea. Pet hates are natural sportsmen and jealousies include musicians and mathematicians.
B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc. (Physical Oceanography, UCT, 2012)
Kate joined Lwandle in 2012 and oversees the scientific team, while working on a range of marine data collection and reporting projects. Prior to joining Lwandle, Kate worked at an environmental consulting firm, ERM; where she was exposed to terrestrial and marine components of environmental management and the world of consulting in general. Kate studied undergrad at UCT and did her honours at Rhodes, she then did a cross disciplinary masters involving both universities and presenting a host of problems at inter-varsity sports events.
In Kate’s ideal world development projects would have a positive influence on local people and would be operated with environmental factors at the forefront of any management plan. She hopes that investigating marine ecological processes and discovering new ways to measure and monitor these will help to safe guard the marine environment from anthropogenic degradation.
Kate is passionate about the outdoors and always tries to get onto the next available field trip. She loves discovering new places and studying new environments. When she isn’t at sea or behind her computer Kate can usually be tracked down on a cycling or running trail or searching for good ‘runs’ on her surf-ski.
B.Tech., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. (Applied Marine Science, UCT, 2010), PhD candidate (UCT)
Pr. Sci. Nat. (#400224/15)
Erich has a deep passion for the outdoors and the marine environment. He has been involved in a number of marine-based projects over the last 15 years, ranging from plankton taxonomy, marine mammal work, and fisheries modelling. Over the last few years he has focussed on marine-based environmental consulting, with a passion for oceanographic instrumentation and applied science. Since he joined Lwandle in 2010, he has been involved in various tasks including team management, instrumentation integration, project oversight and reporting for specialist marine studies. His main focus however has been on research methodologies and the technical aspects of Lwandle projects. He is currently registered for his doctorate with the University of Cape Town, which is focussed on the taxonomic revision of South African sea stars.
Erich enjoys philosophy and reading, but spends the majority of his time outdoors, diving and exploring new areas, often taking his family on road trips around this beautiful country. He is married with two boisterous yet beautiful young boys, Caleb and Micha, who know exactly how to keep him busy at home and over weekends. When time allows, he also enjoys being involved in a big brother project near his home, mentoring younger men and fathers and being mentored by other inspirational men.
B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. (Applied Marine Science, UCT, 2013)
Laura did her undergraduate and honours degrees at Rhodes university, before completing her Masters through the Ma-Re Institute at the University of Cape Town in April 2013. Her MSc study focused on South African sardine fishery and the applicability of using a parasite as a biological tag for stock discrimination. She started working at Lwandle in July 2013, and has since gained experience in managing and assisting in projects associated with port developments and oil and gas exploration, both locally as well as in other parts of Africa.
Laura loves the outdoors and usually can be found running, cycling or riding her horse. She also enjoys hiking, reading and cooking, and especially loves living in Cape Town and being in close proximity to the wine route. She is passionate about the marine environment and particularly enjoys multi-disciplinary research, which she feels is important in breaking the divide between science and industry. She feels that ensuring environmental sustainability should play a key role in any development, and hopes that by working in the marine consulting field, she can contribute to the implementation of effective management plans that safeguard the marine environment from detrimental anthropogenic impacts.
B.Sc. (Hons) (Oceanography, National Oceanography Center, UK 2012), M.Sc. (Physical Oceanography, UCT, 2014)
Lisa joined Lwandle in November 2014, whilst completing her Masters at the University of Cape Town. After undertaking her B.Sc. Honours on the large scale processes of the North Atlantic in the UK, Lisa relished the chance to study in South Africa and to research the ocean from a southern hemisphere perspective.
Lisa has a passion for exploring both the known and undiscovered. Her work and studies have allowed her to travel and she enjoys the challenge of adapting both her knowledge and approaches to new environments. During breaks from her studies, Lisa has been involved in ocean forecasting, shark research, open ocean aquaculture, marine surveying and community outreach which has taken her from the Bahamas to the Transkei. Lisa loves the ocean so when not studying it, attempts to spends the rest of her time in or near the water. She is a keen swimmer, diver and photographer and is enjoying the outdoor lifestyle that Cape Town offers.
At Lwandle, Lisa is excited to develop as a scientist by enhancing her skills in the practical, technical and data aspects of the role. Lisa is looking to grow and expand her knowledge within the multidisciplinary field of marine science, as well as gaining exposure and experience within the industry.
B.Sc.(Hons), Phd (Physical Oceanography, UCT, 2015)
Raissa joined Lwandle in February 2016 hoping to use her background in marine biogeochemistry to promote the protection and sustainable use of the oceans. She fell in love with the sea while frolicking in the warm, tropical waters of Mauritius where she grew up. She came to Cape Town to study oceanography but got side-tracked and ended up with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry.
She then tried to escape the laboratory by joining the Oceanography department for a PhD But there was no such escape! She spent months in the lab at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK) analysing samples collected during various field trips and research cruises. While her PhD took her to faraway places including Norway, China and the ice edge in winter, Raissa never made it to Antarctica “proper”. After her PhD, she was afforded an amazing opportunity to go on a three month research cruise going from Cape Town to Antarctica as part of a year-long post-doctoral fellowship with Stellenbosch University.
In her spare time, Raissa loves being outdoors but unlike a lot of marine scientists, she neither dives nor surfs. She’s more likely to be found road running or scrambling up Table Mountain. Raissa is an eclectic reader but is way too happy that Netflix has finally arrived in South Africa.
B.Sc., M.Sc. (Fisheries Science, Rhodes, 2003)
Brian has joined Lwandle as a Marine Scientist and Technician. His background in the R&D field within the Academic and Commercial spheres both as a consultant and full-time employee ensures that he falls neatly into Lwandle operations.
Prior to him joining Lwandle he was with the Department of Ichthyology & Fisheries Science at Rhodes University where he headed their Technical Section. He also has a strong background in abalone fisheries and aquaculture having been involved with fledgling attempts to ocean ranch this sought after animal, while also playing an integral role in setting up one of South Africa’s first and largest abalone farms.
Brian is passionate about all outdoor activities but his focus is either in the mountains or in the sea. He has been surfing for over 30 years and has been a recreational and scientific / commercial diver for over 25 years.
Brian loves reading, has a deeply enquiring mind and is widely read on numerous subjects. At the same time he prides himself in his self-taught practical skills and uses these to come up with innovative solutions in the workplace.
Matric and Certificate in ISO 9001: Internal Auditor Training QMS
Mariëtte manages the Human Resources department and controls all office administration of company documents and Lwandle employees. She also ensures that office functions run smoothly. Her extensive knowledge is gained from years of working closely with account executives as a credit controller, and through customer liaison. She commenced her career with Barclays National Bank and worked with them for seven years after matriculating.
Mariëtte loves the outdoors and enjoys caravanning with family and friends. Her husband Michael has many stories to tell about caravan towing and shares them around the campfire. Her son, Ian, and daughter, Chantal, have many happy memories of these excursions.
Mariëtte still loves to travel and a trip to Australia tops her bucket list.
Rachel started working at Lwandle and MetOcean in 2009. She previously worked at the Social Development Offices in Cape Town and performed various tasks requested from her. Rachel is originally from Butterworth in the Eastern Cape.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys singing, dancing and reading. Spending time with family and friends is very important to her and she loves entertaining guests, and having a good braai. Rachel likes to visit her family in Soweto (Gauteng).
Rachel is inquisitive and would like to broaden her knowledge of administration. She is currently training at the Learning Foundation in Office Administration and Computer Literacy.
B.Sc. (Hons) (Estuarine Ecology / Animal Physiology) Durban University 1981; M.Sc. (Estuarine Ecology) Durban University 1989.
Since completing his Masters degree in 1989 Errol has been involved in the development of environmental management systems and auditing in South Africa, initially whilst with the CSIR but later with the Environmental Risk Management Services of Alexander Forbes. In addition to his involvement in systems development he has become increasingly involved in risk management and incident investigations. Although his focus was initially on environmental risk assessment and incident analysis, he has become increasingly involved in general HSE management and incident investigations through his work as the external Environmental Control Officer at PetroSA.
He takes pride in being able to develop management plans and systems that mesh closely with his clients’ existing systems, smoothing incorporation into normal working environments.
B.Sc., UED (Natal), M.Sc. Environmental Studies (UCT, 1980), Certified Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAPSA)
Sue holds a master’s degree in environmental science and the coursework component of a postgraduate diploma in marine law from UCT. This was preceded by a bachelor’s degree and teaching diploma in biological sciences from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.
Before becoming an associate of Lwandle in 2005 Sue had accrued over 20 years of practical experience in environmental planning and management, largely in the marine and coastal spheres in southern Africa. This included working with policy makers, regulators, scientists and developers as an independent environmental consultant.
Sue brings this experience, her interest in finding practical solutions, and enthusiasm for ensuring accuracy, ethics and quality, to assist Lwandle in integrating marine specialist information into environmental assessments, management programmes, and auditing and monitoring for their clients.
Otherwise, Sue most enjoys exploring and photographing remote places and people.
ND (Oceanography, CPUT, Ongoing)
Sergio is currently completing his ND in Oceanography at CPUT. He started at Lwandle in 2013 where he developed his ‘unparalleled’ proficiency in oceanographic instrumentation software such as Ruskin and LoggerNet. Being a very hands-on person, Sergio specialises in providing technical assistance to the Lwandle team.
Sergio’s interests lie in the chemical and physical sub-disciplines of oceanography and how they are incorporated into the design of various oceanographic instrumentation. He aspires to become a head technician and a developer of concepts and designs for operational systems.
When Sergio is not in the office speaking binary, you will find him playing video games with his brothers, braaing with friends, spending time at the beach (when there is no wind!), playing the guitar and camping.
ND (Oceanography, CPUT, 2015)
Diandra obtained her ND in Oceanography at CPUT in 2015. She joined Lwandle in 2011 and has since gained invaluable experience in the workplace and the marine environment. Her most significant contributions to Lwandle include work on environmental impact assessments, geographic information systems (GIS), habitat type assessments and pollution.
Diandra is passionate about marine biology, particularly large marine fauna. As a young scientist who believes that all things are interlinked, she strives to gain a holistic understanding of environmental conservation and the human role in achieving balance in the environment. Diandra plans to join her mother and step-father in Hawaii and further her studies in Biological Sciences from 2017/18. She also aspires to become an underwater filmmaker and photographer so that she can use her visual product as an educational tool to support the conservation movement.
In her spare time, Diandra enjoys visiting local flea markets, spontaneous road trips, swimming and loves adventure. She hopes that one day her travels will take her to Palau, Fiji and Galapagos (among other places of course!).
B.Sc. (Hons) (Marine Biology/Zoology, Bangor University, 2013); M.Sc. (Applied Marine Science, UCT, 2016)
Gemma is from the UK where she completed her B.Sc. Honours in Marine Biology/Zoology, before moving to South Africa to undertake a Masters at the University of Cape Town. She fell in love with South Africa and Cape Town so decided to stay after completing her studies and start an internship with Lwandle. She specialized in dolphin acoustics during her masters, developing a strong passion for marine acoustics and behaviour.
In her spare time, Gemma loves being outside and exploring unfamiliar places. She is a keen scuba diver, hiker, ultimate frisbee player and is attempting to learn how to surf, although not very well at the moment. During any other spare moments, you can find her at the beach, most likely reading and enjoying the sea and sunshine.
Gemma is currently still working on publishing her thesis and further projects that she has been involved with since completing her masters. She has a strong passion for conservation, especially in the marine environment. Gemma is excited about developing further as a scientist, getting invaluable skills and experience on a wide variety of environmental projects and expanding her knowledge of southern African marine life and systems.
Diploma (Marine Science, CPUT, 2016), BTech (Oceanography, CPUT, Ongoing)
Lucinda has completed her Diploma in Marine Science at CPUT in 2016. She is currently completing her BTech in Oceanography at CPUT. Lucinda is also fluent in Turkish and studied Geological Engineering in Turkey. Since coming back to South Africa in 2013 she has pursued her love for the oceanic environment. As a young scientist that is new to the field of Marine Science she believes that everything in life is interlinked and hence you cannot look at the marine environment in isolation. She has always had a passion for the ocean and its coastal environment.
She is keen to learning as much as she can from the Lwandle team and to contribute to the company in any way that she can. Her focus though is on oceanographic processes and technology. She also hopes to get her Open Water Diving licence in 2017/2018. As well as complete her MTech in Oceanography in 2018
When not in the office, Lucinda enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves camping and exploring as much of the country as she can.
B.Sc. (Marine Biology/Ocean & Atmospheric Science, UCT, 2016)
Sean is a born and bred Capetonian raised on braai vleis and salt water. His passion for the outdoors exceeds the average level by some margin, partially because his father used to take him trail running and cycling from a young age. Sean is an avid sportsman, but spends most of his day immersed in academia.
After completing a B.Sc. degree at UCT he is now working on his honours thesis. At the same time, he hopes to continue gaining as much hands-on experience within the commercial sector as possible. For this reason, he applied for an internship at Lwandle which offers both postgraduate project supervision and company-related tasks.
Sean firmly believes that to sustainably and efficiently improve conditions on our planet, it is essential to understand the anthropogenic impacts on the environment and engage in effective management plans. An unquenchable thirst to experience and understand the complexity of our world has driven Sean to the scientific community.
In his spare time, Sean has taken an interest in photography. He also enjoys free-diving, surfing, hiking and pretty much anything that has anything to do with exploring the natural environment. He also has an open water scuba diving certification but would like to advance his qualifications in addition to attaining a skippers licence.
Old Warehouse, Black River Park, Fir Road, Observatory, Cape Town
PostNet Suite 50, Private Bag X3, Plumstead, Cape Town, 7801, South Africa