CANDIDATE PROFILE

SUSAN CAMPBELL

Date of birth: 23 May 1957
Place of birth: Pretoria
Children: Two sons, James and Stephen

1983-2003: Resided in Johannesburg.
2003: Relocated to Knysna focusing on environmental, social and clean governance issues.

EDUCATION

Institution: University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg)
Qualification: Baccalaureus Legum (LLB)
Year: 1981
Institution: University of Pretoria
Qualification: Baccalaureus Arts in Law
Year: 1979
Courses completed at Masters level:
General Principles of Environmental Law, Land Use Planning Law, Pollution Law and Natural Resources Law.
Institution & Year: University of Cape Town, 2012/2013.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

1980 – 1986: State Prosecutor Pietermaritzburg and Randburg.
1988: Admitted as Attorney of the North Gauteng High Court (Previously known as the Transvaal Provincial Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa).
1988 – 2003: Practiced as an Attorney in Randburg.


CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS

2005: Founding member and executive committee member of Western Heads-Goukamma Conservancy.
2005: Founding member of Western Heads Protection Group.
2008- 2017: Chairperson of Uitzicht Landowners Association.
2007 to date: Member of the Knysna Environmental Forum.
2013 to date: Legal Advisor to and Committee member of the Knysna Ratepayers Association.
2016 to date: Founding member and Executive Committee member of the Western Cape Forestry Sector Forum.
2016 to date: Member of the Knysna Municipal Planning Tribunal


ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN KNYSNA
2004-2019: Uitzicht development above Belvidere: Opposed the proposed 600 house Barlows Uitzicht development together with the Western Heads Protection Group. In 2007 Barlows withdrew application and are seriously considering making this land a nature reserve.
2013: Reported illegal removal of Fynbos on Uitzicht property to Green Scorpions.
2006-2007: Brenton Hotel Knysna. Prepared and delivered an appeal to the planning approval and eventually the plans were amended to address the concerns of the appellants (Brenton residents).
2016: ESCOM Phantom Substation: Objection to ESCOM Phantom substation on Rheenendal road. Rezoning application was refused.
2015: Pierpoint Development: Review application on behalf of the KRA. Development was approved without water. Matter settled and municipality made contribution towards costs.
2017-19: Eden District Municipality: Objected to the proposal to sell 200 hectares of conservation land next to Buffels Bay as well as Swartvlei camping site to developers. This is an ongoing battle.
2004 to date: Working to ensure all undeveloped land in the Western Heads (including her personal family’s property) is incorporated into the Garden Route National Park or Goukamma Nature Reserve.


SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES
2013: Unlawful demolitions Rheenendal: Reported and stopped the unlawful demolition of various homes in forestry settlements and in Rheenendal and Knysna area.
2013-2016: Brackenhill: Helped residents fight constructive eviction. Working with community and new management to ensure property ownership to residents.
2013- 2015 Tender Irregularities: Identified illegal expenditure totalling at least R15 Million by Knysna Municipality.
2016: Complaint against Knysna Municipal Manager who resigned after evidence had been led in disciplinary hearing.
2016 Bo-Kaap: Assisted the Bo-Kaap Action Group to appeal the approval of a high rise building.
2019: Investigated the management of Garden Route SPCA.


SKILLS

Bilingual: Fluent in Afrikaans and English
Perseverance: cannot be kept quiet or intimidated.
Hard working.
Always seeks to uncover the truth.
Innovative – able to think beyond the obvious solutions.
Good at grasping and dealing with complex issues and finding the best and fairest solution.
Integrity – has high ethical standards.
Human relations – establishes good alliances and partnerships.