Esther Netshivhongwen

Esther Netshivhongwen

Esther is the only black woman actively involved in the hunting industry spearheading successful community hunting concession in South Africa. She is the Chairperson African Community Conservationists (ACC) – wildlife community NPO, Chairperson of South African Heraldry Council and Council member of National Heritage Council. She holds many other executive positions in the private sector and community-based organisations such as Chairperson of Limpopo People and Parks, Executive Director of Professional Hunters Association of South Africa. 

She has 10 years guiding and capacitating communities around Kruger National Park on the wildlife economic benefits. These communities include Makuya, Mutele, Gijana and Mtiti Traditional Councils. In KZN she advises Tembe Traditional Council on wildlife economy projects; including communities referred to by the Kruger National Park and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to be capacitated on wildlife economy projects were from Ntshangase, Msibi, Buthelezi, Mavuso, Sibiya and Khambi Traditional Councils; together with leadership from Ithala Game Reserve. She is a post-graduate with Bachelor of Commerce, Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Master’s degree in Commerce and Post-graduate Professional Management and Advance Professional Management Diplomas.

Esther studied International finance in Singapore with Singapore Institute of Banking and Finance She holds many university awards and initiated an NPO which today represents communities in the wildlife sector in South Africa. Under the leadership of Esther, ACC signed partnership agreements with ACCD’OM which is an Association des communes et collectivities de outre – m e r of France in Paris which represent communities in the French Islands. ACC under her leadership signed cooperation agreements with the University of Venda, Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, Conservationists Raising Awareness in Species and Habitats – CRASH; an American NGO and Waterberg Development Initiative. Under her leadership; ACC today has written business support from In Transformation Initiative – the initiative commenced and spearheaded by Roelf Meyer. Under her leadership ACC secured conservation funding from United Nations.Her passion is spending time in the bush understanding African Wildlife Heritage

  • South Africa