Kevin Pretorius

MEMBER

B. Proc. LLB

(E) kevin@greenlawfoundation.org
(T)  +27 82 462 3824

Kevin is a practicing attorney in Pinetown specializing in environmental and criminal law. He started his career in the Department of Justice as a Public Prosecutor in the Durban Magistrates Court from 1990 to 1999 where he had a special interest in prosecuting in environmental cases. He admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of the Republic of South Africa. In 1995 he was appointed to the rank of Senior Public Prosecutor.

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Kevin started his own practice as an attorney in Durban in July 1999, after his admission as an attorney. He has acted as specialist legal counsel to various government conservation departments and parastatals such as Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority. Kevin has a passion for the environment and conservation. He has been involved in various training and capacity building programmes in conservation over the last twenty years to capacitate prosecutors and enforcement agencies in environmental and criminal law. Kevin is also the Co-Director of Silver Fox Forensic Services (Pty) Ltd., a company specializing in corporate and environmental forensics.

Johann Vermeulen

NATURE CONSERVATOR

(E) johann@greenlawfoundation.org
(T)  +27 82 931 8335

Johann is a fully qualified Nature Conservator with more than 28 years’ experience in the environmental field.

He was born in Johannesburg in 1967, and grew up in the now Gauteng Province, completed his schooling and served his 2 years’ National Service in the Air Force Dog Unit.

Having had an interest in the environment from a young age, he studied at the Pretoria Technikon, and was awarded a National Diploma in Nature Conservation in 1990. Later studies awarded him with a post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management from MANCOSA in Durban, in 2012.

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He attended numerous in-service courses during that time, and recognised for his achievements over the years by receiving Ranger of the Year in 1998, a Rotary Vocational Award for dedication to Conservation in 2004, the eThekwini Mayors Award for contribution to Biodiversity Management in Durban in 2010, as well as an Award for Excellence from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in 2014.

His experience in the field of Nature conservation included the management and associated responsibilities in four KZN Nature Reserves as the Officer-in-Charge, and he managed two Conservation Districts across the Province.
In 2006 he was appointed as an EMI GRD 1.

Between 2011 and the end of 2016, he was the manager of 8 staff covering two District Municipalities on the South-East Coast of KZN. His responsibilities included the management of staff involved in law enforcement and compliance of all the relevant Conservation legislation.
His legislative mandate included the KZN Nature Conservation Ordinance 15/1974, the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004; Threatened or Protected Species, CITES, and limited AIS species regulations implementation. Due to intermittent staff vacancies he was often the only officer that could attend to enforcement actions in a Metro of 3,5m people and the associated permit compliance load, with the permit application to recommendation processes.

His eThekwini Metro responsibilities further included inter alia, the conservation law enforcement at the ports of entry and exit, namely King Shaka International Airport, Durban Harbour, and Durmail, as he was the only appointed EMI, mandated with national legislation until just before he left the organisation. This is where he obtained most of his experience in the illegal wildlife trade.
His consultancy (Johann Vermeulen & Associates Consulting) started in December 2016, with recent involvement in a current Green Law Project, by presenting a workshop to 23 delegates of field rangers, at the Thomas Baines GR in the Eastern Cape, as requested by Silverfox Forensics cc. The training workshop covered – Arrest, Search & Seizure, Evidence Collection, and Court Testimony.