The Sanctuary is not just a special place. It is home to special people too. Since inception, a sound relationship has been built and nurtured between The Sanctuary’s management, the homeowners and commercial lodges, and our local community.
The Sanctuary’s operations have recently received noteworthy praise from BIOFUND who have used The Sanctuary as an example of how a conservation/ecotourism model should ideally be administrated. Members of the Sanctuary’s team are regularly consulted for their administrative and managerial expertise in this field.
Through co-management and ongoing interaction, community programs, support and job creation, the livelihood of the local community improves year on year and we continue to strengthen our relationship which is uniquely symbiotic.
The Sanctuary’s operations are managed by a professional team of permanent employees based on site and in nearby Vilanculos. The majority of The Sanctuary’s employees are drawn from the indigenous community resident on The Sanctuary. The team comprises specialists in various fields including human resources, community liaison and game and marine conservancy, among others of both broad and specific applications.
The Sanctuary is managed by Guillaume and Helga van Wyk, who have been in charge of The Sanctuary for 12 years. The extensive experience of the management team endows The Sanctuary with on-the ground knowledge and vital background expertise in the intricate terrain of managing a highly complex project such as this in the Mozambican environment.
A Board of Directors, appointed by the homeowners from their ranks at the annual AGM, oversees The Sanctuary’s operations and guides the management team in strict accordance with law and the objectives and philosophy of the project. The Board is populated with various experts in their field including founding members of project who hold invaluable background knowledge vital to understanding The Sanctuary.
The work of the Sanctuary’s Board, specialist sub-committees and Management Team would not be possible without the expertise of several key facilitators who provide in-depth assistance to The Sanctuary in their particular areas of expertise, vital to the sustained viability of the project.