Chris is a Cape Town local and project manager for a construction company. Though he has always been very connected to nature, joining the world of free-diving at the beginning of 2018 reignited his passion for the ocean in particular. Being surrounded by passionate environmentalists has driven Chris to take on the global plastic pollution crisis that threatens our ocean. He heads the organisation with Shamiers help; leading the beach clean events, collaborative initiatives and public talks.
Shamier has been been serving his community long before the free-diving bug bit more than three years ago. A true environmentalist, he assisted many ocean conservation initiatives involved in introducing children to the ocean. His passion and drive to help the local youth, led to the formation of #STBP’s “Defenders of the Blue” programme, which he heads. His hope remains that sharing his love for the ocean with youth will inspire them to care for the environment they live in.
Natasha is a property broker and photographer. She started scuba diving when she was a teenager which is where her passion for the ocean originated. This drove her original move from Johannesburg to Cape Town, wanting to be nearer to the ocean and pursue her photographic interests. She now protects the ocean she loves by encouraging development and change through positive communication and support, both community based and corporate. Heading our corporate waste initiative, she assists companies in finding alternatives to plastic in an economically sustainable way.
Social Media Manager
Juneid was the kid who chose National Geographic over cartoons, the beach over the pool. An avid soccer player and all-round nature lover, he found himself especially in awe of the world of underwater photography. His camera became his best friend and his most loyal dive companion. Through the beauty of his photography both on land and sea, he creates awareness and educates others. JP is our official photographer and contributes to our social media platforms as well as mentoring on our Defenders of the Blue program.
Copywriting & Co-Ordination Assistant
A born and bred Capetonian creative, writer and free-diver, Stefanie’s heart lies with the ocean, environmental conservation and sharing that love with others. Her passion for human stories, mindful living and sustainable design found a home with #STBP quite spontaneously after a sunset beach clean up event. Her gift for communication led to her involvement in assisting with brand partnerships, the co-ordination of clean-ups as well as copywriting and collaborative communication. She also mentors on our Defenders of the Blue program.
Funding and Strategy Consultant
Gunnar is originally from Germany. His journey with #STBP started with photographing our beach clean up events. Through his travels and fascination with nature, he immediately fell in love with the ocean when Shamier and JP took him free-diving. Since then he has been spending as much time as possible above and under water trying to find solutions for plastic pollution. Inspired by his passion, we invited him to assist with organisational challenges and strategy. Gunnar is now responsible for funding activities, creating new partnerships and assisting with organisational development.
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