AGM 2024

Important Documents


24 April
– Official notice of AGM sent to members with link to nomination form

10 May
– Nominations close

24 May
– Submissions of Resolutions & Questions for the Committee close

17 May
– Official notice of nominees sent to members with agenda
– AGM Postal & Proxy votes open
– AGM documents available for download:
— bios of Nominees
— 2024 Annual Financial Statements
— Minutes of the 2023 AGM
— Voting forms (also available in the Branch Office and Bookshops)

6 June
– AGM Postal and Proxy votes close

8 June
– AGM at 10am in the Old Mutual Hall at Kirstenbosch

Annual General Meeting of the
Kirstenbosch Branch of the Botanical Society of SA


Saturday 8 June 2024
from 10h00 to 12h30


Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Kirstenbosch Branch of the Botanical Society of South Africa to be held on Saturday 8 June 2024 at 10am in the Old Mutual Conference Centre at Kirstenbosch.

Call for Nominations

We invite you to nominate members in good standing to serve on the Kirstenbosch Branch BotSoc Committee from 8 June 2024 until the Branch’s next AGM in June 2025. Nominations must be submitted via email to or delivered in a sealed envelope to the BotSoc Bookshop at Kirstenbosch by close of business on 10 May 2024. Nomination forms are to be submitted together with a short CV of the nominee.

Resolutions and Questions

Submission of any proposed Resolutions for the AGM will be accepted until close of business on 24 May 2024.

Any questions for the Committee for discussion at the AGM should be submitted by close of business on 24 May 2024 to enable sufficient preparation for response at the AGM. Resolutions and questions must be submitted to


  1. Opening of Meeting
  2. Apologies
  3. Confirmation of Quorum
  4. Confirmation of the Minutes of the AGM of 10 June 2023
  5. Chairman’s Report – Jeremy Wiley
  6. Treasurer’s Report and presentation of 2024 Annual Financial Statements – Louis van As
  7. Approval of the 2024 Annual Financial Statements
  8. Appointment of the Auditor for 2024/2025
  9. Election of Committee Members
  10. Resolutions proposed in terms of Paragraph of the Constitution.
  11. Guest speaker: Dr Jasper Slingsby / University of Cape Town – Faculty of Science
    Topic:  ‘BioSCape: Combining cutting edge airborne remote sensing and field data to understand biodiversity’
  12. Questions and Answers
  13. Closure

Light refreshments will be served in the hall after the meeting.


Shaun Schneier

Shaun has a MSc from the State University of New York and has done many courses in environmental law and policy. Shaun was employed in the coastal office of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism as a Coastal Management Specialist and has collaborated with Birdlife SA and SANCCOB. His career spans many years in environmental and coastal management field, and he brings to the committee a wealth of knowledge in protocol, process, and legislation. 

Shaun has considerable experience in managing projects, serving as a board member on the Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals as well as numerous advisory roles to government and private entities.

Julia Watson

Julia Watson holds an MSc in Systematics and Biodiversity Science from the University of Cape Town and over a decade of experience within the environmental sector.

In her career, Julia has held key positions at Auckland Council and the Auckland Botanic Gardens in New Zealand. As the Volunteering and Programmes Team Manager at Auckland Council, she managed a team of community-based ecological restoration specialists (park rangers) across a significant urban parks network.

During her tenure at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, Julia served as the Partnerships and Education Coordinator, where she developed and executed strategic engagement plans to enhance biodiversity education and outreach.

Julia served as the Australasian Convenor of the Botanic Gardens Engagement Network and as a Council Member of Botanic Gardens Australia New Zealand (BGANZ) organisation, contributing to strategic planning and membership engagement.

Currently the Head of Special Projects at CentreBlue in South Africa, Julia manages digital marketing and technical web projects for clients and is investigating the application of tech and AI tools to environmental initiatives. Julia also volunteers as a SANParks Honorary Ranger with the Table Mountain Region