I come from the best city in South Africa, the BLUE BULL city of Pretoria. I stayed on a game ranch 60km outside Pretoria, where I was working as a nature conservationist. I am a qualified nurse with 25
years of experience working in intensive care units, but always loved nature. Weekends I had to do some work and then leave the veld to go back to the city. I’ve done my diploma in nature conservation and at present I am busy with my BTech.
When the chance came to be part of the Gough 55 overwintering team, I didn’t hesitate. I love to be
on the go and experience something different. I spent 2 years in Botswana during the winter seasons to pitch tents and cook for clients while touring through Botswana, and I also spent a year in Saudi Arabia.
This is a chance of a lifetime to be one of just 8 people to spend a year on Gough Island and I am so grateful to Him for guiding me on my way. Here, on this remote island I know I will have lots of time and opportunities to experience the wonders God gave us to enjoy.
Llewellyn Kriedemann - Comms engineer and deputy team leader
I was born and raised in Vredenburg on the West coast. I studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch. Soon after University I found and seized the opportunity to spend an incredible year in Antarctica as part of the SANAP program. When the opportunity came along to experience the majestic beauty of Gough island, I didn't hesitate for a second.
Daphne Hollenbach—senior meteorologist
I’m a divorced mother of two! Born and bred in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape Region. Joined the South African Weather Service in 2005 after which they sent me for a year’s training in Pretoria. Ever since then I’ve been part of the excellent team at the Weather Office in Springbok.
I would describe myself as a dreamer, a loner most of the time. A person misunderstood by society. This island experience is a journey I’m embarking on paving the way to be part of a Spiritual realm that would take me to exhilarating heights, Lord willing.
Leon Keyser - Diesel Mechanic
I’m from Riversdale in the Western Cape. I am a qualified diesel mechanic. I’m married with three children. I enjoy challenges and adventures and that has brought me to Gough Island.
Tshepo Tawane aka TauTona - Junior meteorologist
Who would have ever known that a Transvaalian guy could catch fish in the deep waters of Gough Island….Oh! Let me rephrase that in the Atlantic Ocean!, If you are wondering what I mean by a “Transvaalian guy” I’m from Rustenburg by the way; The Platinum City, from one of the Royal Bafokeng villages called ROBEGA. I am a born again child of God, who loves the Lord with all of his heart, I’m nothing without him.
I am a quiet, inquisitive guy.….on second thoughts make that “loud inquisitive”. That’s how I got to know about the Island expedition, which to me came as a grand opportunity, for the first time in my life to get out of the country, travel by Ship “for seven days nogal” and by the way we did First aid, Fire fighting and cooking lessons which came in as a bonus…..how do you like that….!!J
I believe this experience will help me get in touch with my inner self, learn to live with different kinds of people with different kinds of characters and lifestyle, to learn from them and accept them the way they are. I believe again that being away from home will make me appreciate the people I love “friends and family” more than ever before. Most of all I will get enough time to spend with and seek the Lord while he may be found ....Isaiah 55:6.
Martin Nysschens - Junior meteorologist
I am from Bellville. I spent 5 years working in various countries in Europe. My love for travel and strong sense of adventure brought me to Gough island. I grabbed the opportunity that presented itself to be the junior meteorologist on Gough.
Kalinka Rexer-Huber - Field Assistant
I come from the cool mountainous end of New Zealand, the land of the kea and the kiwi. After a brief sojourn in tropical mountainous Venezuela, I went back to New Zealand to study neuroscience and zoology in Dunedin. Gough’s mountains called, so I came running.. and found them swarming with stunning birdlife. Here’s to the Gough Year!
Graham Parker - Field Assistant
I'm from New Zealand, my home is in the Southern end of the country. I studied Ecology at Otago University, and then proceeded on to a Post-Graduate Diploma in Wildlife Management and a Masters in Zoology.
I have worked on many conservation projects, mostly involving bird species facing threats from exotic mammals. The Sub-Antarctic regions of our planet have always greatly intrigued me. The opportunity to work on an island as bountiful in biota as Gough is a real priviledge.
I am on Gough with my partner Kalinka, and we hope to be able to contribute as much as possible to the current knowledge of Gough's biodiversity, and to help develop ways it can be preserved for perpetuity.
Back: Kgaugelo Rampedi - met, Belinda Enslin - radio tech
Middle: David Sepheka - met, Didi Enslin - senior met, dep leader
Front: Anke Kotze - medic, leader, Johan Greyling - diesel mech
43rd Gough Overwintering Team 1998
Back: Andre Combrinck - medic, Glen Roberts - sen met, leader
Front: James Kwalepe - diesel mech, Theuns van Wyk - radio tech, Peter Mailula - met, Sarien Lategan - met
42nd Gough Overwintering Team 1997
Braam Kriel - sen met, leader, Mark Godbolt - diesel mech, Jaco Wium - met, dep leader, Piet van der Wal - medic, Peter Lekalakala - met, Rico Swanepoel - radio tech
41st Gough Overwintering Team 1996
Back: Jason Whiting - met, Anton Noffke - radio tech, Jan Joubert - diesel mech, Stephan Laubscher - met
Jacques Links - sen met, Hans Möller - medic/leader, David Ball - comms
40th Gough Overwintering Team 1995
Gideon du Preez "Missfire" - diesel mech, Allan du Toit "The Doc" - medic, Shane Rainbird "Varktjop" - communicator, Lynton Twyman "Houdini" - met, dep leader, Gert van Eeden "Hennie Hollywood" - radiotech, leader, Julian Brimelow "Mouse Trap" - sen met, Mike Johannes "Gariepie" - met
39th Gough Overwintering Team 1994
Pieter Greyling - radio opp, Colin Spencer - medic, dep leader, Morny Nortman - diesel mech, Werner Crous - met asst, John McLinden - radio tech, leader, Vic Chapman - sen met, Ferdinand Swanepoel - met asst
Insert: Jacques Links - sen met
38th Gough Overwintering Team 1993
Back: Michael van Dyk - met, Alan Ossher - radio tech, dep leader, Clinton Smorenburg - radio opp, William Stranix - medic, leader
Front: Hendrik Swart - met, Francois du Toit - diesel mech, Jacques Links - sen met
Inset: Gideon Kritzinger - met
37th Gough Overwintering Team 1992
Back: Justin Cook - met, leader, Peter Holloway - radio tech, Bruce Lawson - medic, Phil Fouche - diesel mech, Rean Steenkamp - comms, Jaco Wium - met
Sitting: Jacques Fitchat - sen met
36th Gough Overwintering Team 1991
Back: R. Wilson - met, A. Moolman - radio tech, P. Reichert - diesel mech
Front: K. Levey - sen met, W. Stockton - radio opp, H. Moller - medic, S. Worth - met
35th Gough Overwintering Team 1990
Fanz Hoffmann - radio tech, opp, Andries Smit - met, leader, Andrew Ainslie - met