Who We Are

Christy Bragg

Christy’s expertise lies in the integration of conservation and biodiversity into sustainable natural resource management and facilitating inter-sectoral solutions. Her experience in South Africa has been around community involvement in natural resource protection and sustainable use, conservation communications, awareness raising, environmental policy review and advocacy; environmental management, water governance, and she strongly believes in a holistic, participatory approach to landscape use. Christy has sectoral knowledge in freshwater ecology and research, terrestrial ecology (particularly aridlands), climate change adaptation, environmental and co-operative governance, marine conservation, sustainable use, biodiversity stewardship, and other concepts and issues in community conservation.

Christy is a Cum Laude graduate of the renowned Masters in Science Conservation Biology degree from the University of Cape Town. She is also studying for her PhD in the animal foraging drivers of plant biodiversity in the Bokkeveld Plateau.

Christy has worked in various projects involving water use, sustainable development and conservation. She worked as part of NBL Partners with Green Connection to propose alternative ways to develop the local community in the Tankwa Karoo, been involved in water verification processes, worked as an EIA specialist, worked with climate change adaptation interventions in the Succulent Karoo communities, worked with partners on policy review analyses, won several awards as a conservation Programme Manager and undertaken floral and fauna research in Bushmanland, the Succulent Karoo and Nama-Karoo. She has managed several landscape projects, led award-winning public-private partnership projects for on-the-ground interventions and is researching innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable, value-based landscape management practices.

Despite her environmental-heavy qualifications she believes it all starts with – and is sustained by -people and connections.

Her skills include:

  • Alternative livelihood options in disadvantaged communities;
  • Strong research background and a diverse array of skills in Conservation Biology;
  • Environmental education;
  • Climate Change Adaptation;
  • Ecological Research, Disturbance ecology;
  • Participatory monitoring and evaluation;
  • Water governance;
  • Environmental policy and law in South Africa;
  • Environmental management, including EIA;
  • Facilitation;
  • Environmental stewardship;
  • Ecosystem based adaptation;
  • Ecosystem restoration and sustainable land management;
  • Community involvement in conservation;
  • Extensive experience in GIS spatial analysis;
  • in-depth knowledge of various software packages, such as ArcView, Statistica, multivariate statistical ordination packages, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and several graphics packages.

Publications: (please send Christy a request:  christy.porcupine@gmail.com)



Who We Are

Glyn Wililiams B.A. LL.B (UCT)

Glyn is the senior partner at Chennells Albertyn Attorneys, Notaries and Conveyancers.  As a commercial and litigation attorney he specializes in inter alia environmental law. His clients have included the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and a number of environmental action groups. Glyn is based in Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

Who We Are

Yachika Reddy

Yachika has an MSc in Energy Studies from the University of Cape Town. She is currently employed at Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) as Project Manager of the SEED Programme and involved in a number of exciting projects.   During her 6 years of employment at SEA, Yachika has worked across a spectrum of projects focused on rooting sustainable energy approaches and practices in urban development planning and management processes across South Africa.

Whilst studying for her Masters degree at the Energy Research Centre (University of Cape Town), Yachika was employed as a research assistant participating in energy research as it relates to poverty reduction and climate change. One of the projects in which she was principally involved, entailed an in-depth analysis of energy transitions in fuel use that occur among low-income households in South Africa. This culminated in a research paper which she co-presented with her supervisor at the Energy Transitions Workshop held jointly by Stanford University (CA, USA) and the University of Cape Town in 2004. Prior to her Masters degree, she worked in the field of Information Systems in software development; creating, designing and developing information systems for corporates in South Africa. Soon after completing her Honours degree in Environmental and Geographical Science, she worked in the United Kingdom for 2 years as a research assistant at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WILDCRU), Oxford University as well as the Haematology Unit, and Guys Hospital in London primarily involved in analysing statistical data related to research in the respective fields.

Who We Are

Penny Hlakula

Penny joined the Green Connection on the 01 November 2007. She assumes responsibility for the overall management of the administrative functions of the Green Connection office and logistics management for our projects. and regularly updates the website. She is quite a  capable achiever when it comes to meeting the goals she sets for herself in doing her work.

Professional Experience
Penny has a strong background and years of experience working with NGOs. She has developed and advanced her skills in computer literacy, research, community leadership and organisational development, office administration, events organising and print-media. Another interesting part of her work history includes working with youth as a community organiser for environmental awareness, HIV/AIDS and  socio-economic issues, as well as hosting a youth radio show.
News & Events

Windaba 2011 Conference and Exhibition

Liz McDaid will be one of the speakers, invited by the South African Wind Energy Association, to participate at the Windaba 2011 Conference and Exhibition. This is the first inaugural event on wind energy in South Africa.

“The Role of the NGO sector in our Renewable Energy Future” is the topic of Liz McDaid’s presentation on 29 September 2011. Presentation times are from 11:00 to 13:30.

Venue: CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre)
Date: 27-29 September 2011

For more information on the Conference and Exhibition please visit, www.windaba.co.za

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Energy and Climate Change Programme

Liz McDaid, who coordinates the SAFCEI Energy and Climate Change Programme will be representing SAFCEI at the Western Cape Climate Change Summit on 20 September 2011.

The Provincial Government of the Western Cape in partnership with the National Department of Environmental Affairs will be hosting this Summit in preparation for the upcoming COP17. The outcome of this conference will be the “voice of the Western Cape”, which will feed into the Department of Environmental Affairs’ programme for the COP17.