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Dr. Andries Gouws


 

  • Firm: INDEX (Pty) LTD
  • Position: Managing director

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Registered with the Counsel of Natural Sciences. No:400036/93, Category: Agricultural sciences.

Member of the Soil Science Society of South Africa.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS

Andries is a qualified agriculture development expert, specialising in natural and human resource evaluation and management in urban and rural context to establish economically viable and integrated resource-sustainable community-based agricultural projects.

He has been involved in a number of multi-disciplinary research projects with the main aim of creating sustainable jobs for communities that live in areas with limited natural resources. His core responsibility is the sustainable use of natural resources in human settlement planning, focussing on farming enterprises and other enterprises that uses the natural resources sustainably; such as animal production, crops and using resources sustainably for products such as hand crafts, building material, fuel, etc.

Formal qualifications include soil science, water quality assessment as it relates to agriculture and human settlement, interpretation of remote sensing (satellite imagery), land use planning and CAD applications.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

2007 PhD (Interdisciplinary Studies - Integrated land use modelling). University of Trinity

1987 B.Sc. (Agric) Hon. Agronomy and soil chemistry. University of the Orange Free State.

1979 B.Sc. (Agric) Soil Science and plant nutrition. University of Pretoria.

1984 Diploma: Stereoscopic air photo interpretation of natural resources for farm planning. Dept. of Agriculture. Potchefstroom

1992 Diploma: Financial management, University of South Africa.

1993 Diploma: Advanced use of Autocad. Africad Training Centre, Midrand

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

2008 – present: CHIEF TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER OF BARARI FOREST MANAGEMENT

His responsibility is to develop process and products for the company, identify new commercially viable and sustainable new business ventures. His further manages a research laboratory, GIS Department and forestry research station. He provides technical and scientific analysis on resource status to managers and training to staff in irrigation with saline water and irrigation infrastructure management. Research includes identifying spatial relationships between management efficiency competenceand forest performance within a framework of water quality and availability.

1993 - present: DIRECTOR OF INDEX

Specialising in natural and human resource evaluation in urban and rural context with the aim to establish economically viable and integrated resource-sustainable community-based agricultural projects.

1984 - 1993: SENIOR AGRONOMIST OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT TRUST CORPORATION

Various natural resources surveys conducted and co-ordinated. Agronomic and land-use appraisals undertaken with emphasis on water quality, climate-plant-soil interactions, erosion control and ecological interactions with soil. Compiled numerous viability studies for subsistence and specialised farming enterprises, combining aquaculture, vegetable production and small-scale rabbit and poultry production.

1982 - 1984: CHIEF AGRICULTURAL ADVISOR FOR GROEIKRAG ORGANIC FERTILISER (PTY) LTD.

His tasks included product development from waste products, beneficiation of products to satisfy the nutritional needs of specific crops, (for example, maize, bananas and deciduous fruit), extension services to users of the product and technical training to sales personnel.

1979 - 1981: SOIL SCIENTIST OF THE EASTERN TRANSVAAL CO-OPERATIVE

His responsibilities include soil surveys and interpretation of the data to compile land use plans for large-scale commercial farmers, rendering a support service for fertiliser recommendations and soil amelioration, scouting and eradication for pest s and deceases on, among others, maize, wheat, sunflowers, grain sorghum and groundnuts.


EXAMPLES OF PROJECTS

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AFFAIRS:

Land Restitution Programme for Maleoskop. Land-use planning, including a village, agricultural opportunities, small business and tourism possibilities for the rightful beneficiaries of the farm Maleoskop in the Groblersdal region.

Doornkop Land Reform Programme. Land-use planning for the rightful beneficiaries of the farm Doornkop in the Middelburg region.

Compilation of business plan for Marobala Chicken Trust: From an assessment of the natural and human resources, a participative process was followed to compile a business plan for this community. The process followed was aimed at implementing the policy of the Department of Land Affairs.

DEPARTMENT OF WATER AFFAIRS AND FORESTRY

A natural resource survey for agricultural development of the Lower Letaba Farms. Resource evaluation, land-use planning for small farmer settlement and recommendations on support and management systems. Natural resources (soil, water and climate interactions), land use planning and management.

An integrated resource management plan for Bonn. Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, Northern Province.

LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT

An integrated development plan for the Bronberg area (Eastern Gauteng) : Resource evaluation, land-use planning for small farmer settlement and recommendations on support and management systems. Integration of potential conflicting land-uses; agriculture and housing.

Towards an urban and rural development strategy, with emphasis on agriculture and conservation: an inventory (Gauteng): Compilation of a regional development plan for agriculture in the south-western portion of Gauteng, taking cognisance of natural resources, urbanisation, industrial and eco-tourism potential.

Development of a Local Economic Development project for the Tswelopele Farmers Association. Municipality of Carletonville.

Development of business plans for integrated agriculture in the open spaces of Vosloorus. Boksburg Municipality

Development of an open space master plan and urban agricultural opportunities for Ivory Park, Ebony Park and Rabie Ridge. Midrand Transitional Local Council.

PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENT SPONSORED AGENCIES

Gauteng regional overview and district case studies for land reform (For LAPC): Generation of a data base to lead and guide the land-reform programme and determine key issues surrounding land-reform with particular reference to the nature and scope of land demand, people's views and solutions, acceptability of proposed land-reform options and determination of key areas of land policy which should be addressed.

Consultancy for the development of an integrated overview of water pollution and associated health risks and knowledge transfer requirements for the implementation of water treatment technology, ESCOM.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS (GDACEL)

Agricultural assessment of Irene Estates. An indication was provided to ECO Assessments on the agricultural potential and management structures to develop an integrated development at Irene Estates. The report also highlighted the economic and environmental impact should the development take place.

The report quantifies the agricultural potential of a portion of the farm Olifantsfontein for the development of an integrated agriculture - housing development. The property is approximately 1277 hectares in size and occurs on the farm Olifantsfontein, which is located north west of Clayville and to the east of Randjiesfontein.

Agricultural analysis Witfontein 151-Ir (Extension 18). The analysis provided the developer with an indication of the impact on agriculture if the land use is changed from agriculture to industry.