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Alex van den Heever (Speaker)

The power of relationships created in the African bushveld

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Alex spent his formative years growing up on a cattle farm in the Western Cape, South Africa. After completing his studies in Marketing and Business Management, he joined Londolozi, the world-renowned game reserve in 1995, as a game ranger. By the age of 24 he had been promoted to Head Ranger, leading a team of 35 rangers and trackers. In 2002, he took the position of Land Manager and spent the next 6 years leading the conservation efforts at Londolozi. During his 13 years at Londolozi, Alex raised money for habitat restoration projects, presented for the marketing team and conducted specialised safaris.

Alexs greatest fascination during his time in the bush was tracking. To this end, Alex dedicated much of his time to learning the ancient art of tracking eventually qualifying as one of 5 Senior Tracker Evaluators in 2004 the youngest ever to achieve this feat. During the course of the last decade, Alexs dedication to tracking has afforded him the opportunity to track jaguars in the Amazon Jungle, bears in California, grizzlies and wolves in Montana and the famous black-mane lions of the Kalahari. All of these adventures were experienced with his long-time friend and mentor, Renias Mhlongo.

Alex is the co-founder of Nhlayisa Nutrition Solutions, a company which develops fortified food for rural people. The company now distributes a fortified breakfast cereal to Pick n Pay.

In addition his conservation work, Alex has worked as a facilitator for Vulindlela Transformational Services. Here he led courses aimed at facilitating a better understanding between black and white people working in the corporate world.

Alex is a down-to-earth and passionate man. Through his love of the bush and the deep bond he has formed with Renias Mhlongo, Alex has learnt the true meaning of the Power of Relationships. A few years ago Alex became a motivational speaker in order to tell his story on a wider stage. Alex and Renias have travelled to England, America and Australia giving their inspirational presentation.

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