Sentinel Ocean Alliance creates ocean-based opportunities and provides environmental education for the youth of South Africa’s coastal communities.
Sentinel Ocean Alliance provides a safe space to create and implement multi-faceted youth development programmes and initiatives, that address real challenges facing the youth of previously disadvantaged coastal communities, by supporting and enabling future responsible leaders who will make meaningful contributions to South African society.
We aim to do this through:
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Frank has a deep love for our oceans. Being a professional big wave surfer and travelling the world one wave at a time, he has found his second passion here at SOA - conserving the ocean by passing on his love and knowledge to the youth of our coastal communities. He aims to empower a new generation of Ocean Guardians through the programmes at SOA and by collaborating with other conservation efforts around the world such as Parley.tv.
Marguerite is a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor and Master Scuba Diver Trainer, freediver, surfer and lawyer. She studied Law at the University of Stellenbosch and after completing
her articles at the Legal Aid Board, she worked for a specialist environmental law firm, Smith, Ndlovu & Summers as an Environmental Lawyer. While studying towards a master’s
degree in Environmental Law she completed a semester as an exchange student at Melbourne University and ended up spending another 6 years living in Melbourne. During this time, she worked at an NGO, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre as a Human Rights Lawyer in their Refugee Law Programme. Marguerite is passionate about social and environmental justice and believes the two concepts are interdependent. She has joined SOA as Operations Director.
Calah from an early age has always found the ocean to be her home and safe place. As she watches plastic pollution increase her sadness and anger intensifies. Everyday is World Ocean's Day in her eyes. She is either in, on or around the ocean or is thinking about how to drive change. She feel's deeply responsible about leaving our ocean's a better place than we find it. Living in South Africa has allowed her to identify the lack of ocean education in all spheres of our society. Working with SOA has opened her eyes and given her an opportunity to use her passion and voice to contribute to positive change. She is currently completing her diving instructors and conservation work with Project Aware which has ignited a new tide inside of her. She is optimistic for SOA's efforts and truly believes postive action will only increase with the constant growth of ocean warriors.
PARLEY OCEAN SCHOOL EDUCATOR
Kholofelo Sethebe is originally from the landlocked province of Limpopo and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology majoring in Marine biology from University of the Western Cape.
Following graduation, she worked as an outreach officer at Sea Search Research and Conservation as part of the DST-NRF Internship Programme, where she not only fell in love with the ocean but educating the youth about the ocean too. Kholofelo then worked as a marine biology intern at the Two Oceans Aquarium as part of the WWF Internship Programme. In between the internship programmes, she worked as an online teacher at Pangea Services and as a research assistant at SANBI.
She has a passion for being out on the ocean, and dreams of becoming proficient in sailing and diving, and to become one of the first well-known Marine Biologists from Limpopo focusing both on studying our oceans and educating the youth. “My main goal in life is to Aspire to Inspire before I Expire, because as time goes on, I will Retire.”
TURNING THE TIDES PROJECT MANAGER
Juliette Ball is a life enthusiast who lives and breathes everything “ocean”!
She has followed her passion and adventurous side by participating in global sports events including paddling through the Fjords of Greenland, swimming around Cape Point in a team of 7 taking 36 hours and paddling at night all for charity. Juliette channelled her energy into founding and managing an NGO - Development Through Sport, which taught necessary swimming and life skills to those that are previously disadvantaged, which she ran for 8 years before moving overseas.
She is a qualified and experienced Learn to Swim teacher and coached for many schools in the Western Cape as well as private swim coaching. She is a qualified lifeguard and Lifesaving Course Instructor.
Juliette lives life to the fullest and is passionate about development, helping others, travel and embracing other cultures.
Juliette has done many extreme sporting events during and after completing her studies in events management, from running, to open water swimming, SUP, surfing, skydiving, bungee jumping, paragliding and more.
Micah is an impact investor and social entrepreneur. He has over 15 years of experience throughout Africa in venture capital, impact investing, investment banking and was CEO for one of the world's first private sector companies focused on Land Rights in Africa.
He has recently relocated back to Cape Town after living and working throughout East and Southern Africa. He holds an MBA and is a CFA Charterholder.
Edward is the Director and Manager of a Fish and Seafood processing plant. Growing up along our country's coastline he developed a strong passion for ocean based activities including surfing and fishing. He joined SOA as a director in an advisory capacity to assist with set-up and administrative requirements. He hopes through his involvement to inspire the under privileged to participate in sustainable ocean based activities.
Shaun qualified as an accountant in the UK and moved back to South Africa in early 2011. He brings with him a keen focus on the numbers along with his passion of being in the water when he is not working. Shaun shares SOA's vision of inspiring young people to build their communities through the interaction between the ocean and land.
Julien has a degree in economics (UCT) and an MBA (UCT) with an economics research thesis on the apple industry export value chain/ecology. He has 20 years experience in Research management, financial services and risk management where he has focused on innovation and business strategy. His work has combined data collection and data quality assurance in the innovation research arena and has led to incisive Analysis, original research & inspired publication/presentation. These provide valuable strategic and tactical inputs for evidence-based decision making by business, government, civil society organisations, investors, and other socio-economic stakeholders. Julien has a passion for service excellence, research excellence, sustainable development and innovation.
Nathan is SOA's in-house legal advisor. He is an admitted attorney and specialised in Maritime Law. He has been a part of SOA from the beginning.
He has a BA & LLB from the University of Cape Town, and a Master’s degree in Maritime Law from Tulane University in New Orleans, USA. He is also part of a busy commercial law practice in the City.
He is excited to be a part of this team that is already doing and will continue to do great things in Hout Bay and eventually the country as a whole.
Bruce is a lifelong surfer, sailor and ocean adventurer living in Hout Bay.
For the past 30 years he has been very involved in the yacht broking and boating
business in Cape Town and was privileged to be one of the founders of the original Robben Island Ferry Company in 1997. He is the current Chairman of SABBEX (South African Boatbuilders Export Council)
as well as a Trustee of SAORT (South African Ocean Racing Trust) and a founder of BlueCape, a new non-profit company, established to facilitate training, grow employment and value in the Cape’s exciting ocean economy.
His passion however lies with empowering the youth, especially in his beloved Hout Bay and as President of the Hout Bay Surf Lifesaving Club we are forging ahead with our new club, with the goal to compete at the Lifesaving South Africa National Championships in 2021.