Meet The Directors
Elma, now in her early 70s, has been an educator for 41 years – at tertiary, secondary and primary school levels. She has been an examiner for matric examinations and an external examiner for honors and masters students in music education at the University of Pretoria. Since 2009 she has been the Executive Officer of the South African Society of Music Teachers, and she acts as its director. She serves on the council of ISME National Affiliates (The International Society of Music Educators as national representative for South Africa).
During her tenure as an educator, she was a member of SAOU executive committee and acted as chairperson of a Standard Generating Body at SAQA for the GET phase.
Since 2005, she has been a member of The South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association wherein she enjoys Dedicated Hunter status. For a number of years she served on the committee of the Pretoria East Branch of SA Hunters and organised their courses for the Dedicated Hunter qualification.
Now retired, she is a founding member of The True Green Alliance, and is one of its five directors. She is P.A. to the TGA’s CEO. Her academic qualifications include: B.Ed (UP), M.Mus (Music Education) (UP) (Cum Laude), Higher Education Diploma, Diploma in Tertiary Education, Four Licentiates of Music (Unisa and Royal Schools of Music). She is fluent in Afrikaans and English and has a working knowledge of German and French.
Tommy, now in his late 30s, worked in his family’s Agro-Chemical business for more than 10 years. So his background is in agriculture. Nevertheless, for the last 25 years, he has been deeply involved with nature conservation programmes and game ranching. A major part of his commitment to wildlife has been his dedicated hands-on field work to protect rhinos from poachers, and in anti-poaching work.
He is a trustee of the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association’s Tinyari Conservation Fund. Tommy served as a director of PROA until April 2017 but resigned to focus more on the TGA. He is now a full-time game rancher and safari hunting outfitter, and he lives on the family game ranch in Vaalwater. His great passion is to create an awareness in the public domain about the vital importance of hunting as a conservation management tool – which is why he is such an ardent believer in the True Green Alliance (TGA) and what it is trying to achieve. He was appointed a director of the TGA in January 2017.
John Carter Rance, now creeping towards his three-score-and-ten years, was born in East London; raised in Alice and Stutterheim; educated at St Andrews College and Rhodes University in Grahamstown; and spent his life running the family saw milling, forestry and farming operations – together with his brother and sister. He has served as chairman of the National Sawmilling Association and retired from the timber business in 2013. He now operates a crop growing enterprise with community growers. He also owns an agro-processing factory and controls the family game farming operations in the Kei and Fish river valleys in the Eastern Cape. He has travelled the world widely on business; and extensively in Africa for fishing and hunting, and business research. He has passionately pursued marine and terrestrial conservation interests for the past 30 years. John is a firm believer that if one is to partake in any kind of consumptive living resource business or pastime – such as fishing and hunting – it must be done sustainably by ensuring that nature (or man) can replace that which has been consumed. He has been a disciple of Ron Thomson’s wildlife management teachings for many years. John was appointed a director of the TGA in January, and he holds the position of TGA’s President.
Ron Thomson, now 77, has been working within and around Africa’s national parks and/or wildlife management systems for 58 years. For 24 of those years he was employed by the Rhodesian Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management. Important past posts held include Provincial Game Warden-in-charge Hwange National Park; Chief Nature Conservation Officer, Ciskei; and Director of the Bophuthatswana National Parks Board. He operated as a Professional Hunter for three years; and for the last 27 years he has been a full time author and wildlife journalist – investigating and reporting upon wildlife management affairs in Africa. He is a university-trained Field Ecologist (cum laude); a long time member of the Institute of Biology (London); and, after 20 years, he retired from being a Chartered Biologist for the European Union. He pioneered the capture of black rhinos in Rhodesia and led Rhodesia’s black rhino capture operations (1965 – 1970) capturing and translocating 140 rhinos. His “Big-Five” hunting experience is vast – making him one of Africa’s most experienced big game hunters alive today. He has published 15 books and uncountable magazine articles – all about the principles and practices of wildlife management and big game hunting. He recently completed his six volume big game hunting memoir book series.
His passion, today, is concerned with creating a better informed society – better informed, that is, about “best practice” wildlife management and the wise and sustainable utilization of our wild living resources for the benefit of mankind. He has a strong and passionate commitment to exposing the menace and iniquities of the animal rights doctrine. He is a founding member of the True Green Alliance (TGA) and, for the duration of 2016, he was its President. In January 2017 he was appointed CEO. The TGA is affiliated to South Africa’s wildlife Industry insofar as it has undertaken to fight the industry’s battles to overcome pernicious opposition from the South African and international animal rights movement.