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WWF-SA appoints Vusi Khanyile as new board chair

Durban - Vusi Khanyile was elected as the new board chairperson for WWF South Africa’s Board of Directors at the non-profit organisation’s 50th Annual General Meeting. He takes over from Valli Moosa, who has chaired the board since 2011. The WWF said Khanyile was a community activist who had worked with development programmes and community-based organisations, primarily in the education and civic movements. He was the ANC’s head of finance between 1990 and 1992, chaired the Educational Development Trust since 1989, National Education Crisis Committee (NECC) founding chair (1985 to 1989), and special assistant to the Vice Chancellor, and later Deputy Registrar, at the University of Cape Town. He is tasked with ensuring the organisations priority to secure strategic water source areas while extending work on water in Africa with other WWF offices on the continent. WWF-SA said this included work in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area and a project focusing on the continent’s river basins. Chief executive Dr Morn du Plessis said the organisation was delighted with the appointment. “We are delighted that Vusi Khanyile has agreed to take on this important role and look forward to the wealth of experience that he will bring to the table. It is also with deep thanks that we bid farewell to Valli Moosa who helped us navigate a complex political and social environment with keen insight and characteristic enthusiasm during his tenure as chair,” he said. Du Plessis said the organisation was focused on building partnerships and finding innovative ways to adapt to the effects of a changing climate, and sustaining and improving human wellbeing. “There is no doubt in my mind that, with the right people, resources and motivation, we will succeed in building a sustainable, equitable future where both people and nature thrive.” Daily News

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