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“In every single day, in every walk of life, Ordinary People accomplish Extraordinary things” – Jim Valvano


Dave Thorpe (Trustee) joined the Sandton SPCA in 1981 as a volunteer then co-managed Sandton SPCA in their new premises with his wife Jenny from 1983 to 1987. By this time the protection of animals had well and truly bitten and his experience encompassed Management, Cruelty Inspectorate, Pound Management and Investigations. During the unrest in the mid-eighties he also spent many days cleaning kennels when personnel could not get to work.

He was a Director on the NSPCA Board from 1989 to 1997 and an employee of the NSPCA from 2004 to 2015 at which time he retired. His portfolios during this last period included education, social media branding, website management and digital communications, trust funding applications.

He was also the original founder of Blaauwberg Animal Trust in 2002 and his current goal is to get fireworks banned from South Africa.

Dave’s love of animals was inherited from his parents. Dave only adopts rescues and his current companions are two beautiful Siamese cross cats, brother and sister, both very chatty and each with their own personalities, plus a super cute highly intelligent Yorkie who spent almost a year of his puppyhood in a breeder’s cage as he was not perfect.
And as all pet owners know, companionship is about bonding with an animal, not the looks.


Ronel De Villiers (Founder) has always been passionate about caring for animals and being an activist soon become a priority. She started a Cat Furniture Manufacturing company for pet accessories in 2004 and managed her Guest Lodge in the hospitality industry. Her background includes operations and sales for Health & Fitness Clubs and National Brand Manager in the FMCG industry.

Ronel is an active member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) and volunteer on campaigns like defending the pilot whales in Faroe Islands and Elephant Human Relation Aid (EHRA) in Namibia.  She volunteered with various local animal rescue organisations, assisting with Fund Raising, Volunteer Management, Brand Awareness, Adoptions, Outreach Programmes, attending to the community and their sick animals in rural areas as well as participating in mass sterilization projects.

Ronel believes that all life forms are of equal importance and that all sentient beings deserve to be treated with equal respect. It is a privilege to enjoy animal companionship and that humans are the custodians of those who can not speak up for or help themselves. She follows a vegan approach in that “Veganism is about nonviolence. It is a state of mind that is kind to you, animals & the planet.”  One of her heartfelt goals are to get the use of plastic banned in South Africa.


Leon Terblanche (Trustee/Legal) joined DRD Consulting in 2013 to establish a department dealing with Deceased Estates, Trusts, Company Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

His experience in and knowledge of International Law, Mediation, Arbitration as well as a deep-seated respect for Law and Regulation enables him to deal with most of what is thrown into the ring.

Office hours have never solved any problems and for that reason he works from his home-office and is, within reason, always available to assist.

Not being office-bound, allows Leon the freedom to explore and study leading trends in Company and Trust Law with the obvious benefit to his clients.


“At DRD Consulting we support technology and innovation but never forget where we came from” Dot Schafer (Auditor)

We have decided to feature the dynamo powering DRD Consulting for the month of August; Dorothy Rose Dixon graduated from the University of Cape Town and then went on to qualify as a chartered accountant accredited by the prestigious South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Dot soon became a tax force to be reckoned with and became a partner in the well-respected firm BDO.

She decided to take the leap into private practice and gathered a trusted team around her. Today Dot is the driving force behind DRD Consulting advising on a wide range of business and tax challenges.

Dot Schafer is involved in charity work including Rescue Rehab SA as well as local church charities in her beloved Velddrif, West Coast as well as being a talented artist (painting) and musician (violin).



Nédine Naidoo (Social Media/Fundraising) studied Political Sciences and Psychology at UCT. She then changed her field of interest and turned towards a subject that has always been of great importance in her life, helping animals.

She went on to becoming an AWA for the CoGH SPCA. One of the most respected animal welfare organisations in South Africa.

After recognizing that the animals needed her help on a bigger scale, she moved on to fundraising for those whom we need to be the voices of.  During her time in welfare, her family grew by three cats… and 5 dogs that is.  Nédine is currently employed at DARG.

When she is not with her furbabies she invests time into helping welfare animals with the hopes that one day, “just as Sweden ran out of litter, so too will South Africa run out of stray animals #pawever”



Kevin Kolesky (Information Technology)
(Bio being updated)

Bonny Ambler-Smith (Project Management)
(Bio being updated)

Bianca Lee-Ann Brenchley (Fundraising SA)
(Bio being updated)

Anne Van Eck (Fundraising Global)
(Bio being updated)