The Team

Mary McKenzie - Chairperson

MaryI work for Nedbank designing and developing training material and am based in Durban three days a week. Nedbank tends to keep me extremely busy, but I love it and wouldn't change it for the world. My other love is our wildlife and although I have no training or education in the environment, have always had a desire to be involved. When living in Johannesburg, I joined a small dedicated group of people intent on helping bush-babies survive in an urban area and to a large extent we were successful. During 2007, Andrew and I moved to Pennington and I joined the Conservancy committee early in 2008. Since then, I have been involved in some very interesting environmental projects and have met some fascinating people. Whilst I am concerned about our indigenous flora, my real passion lies in our indigenous fauna and my intention is to focus on that over the next few years in an attempt to create a safer environment for them ALL…….



Billy Pritchard - Treasurer

BillyBilly Pritchard is the treasurer for Pennington Conservancy






Vic Schwikkard - Secretary


Kathy and I have been holiday residents in Pennington since 1998 coming down from Johannesburg as often as we could. In this period Pennington has been transformed with many new developments, some to the detriment of the fauna and flora for which I have always had a passion. A few years ago I relocated permanently to Pennington to enjoy what it offers and our retirement. Coming from the corporate world there is no way that I could sit still and not get involved in and add value to the local community.

Although I have no formal environmental training in matters of fauna and flora I believe I can contribute towards the Mission and Objectives of the Pennington Conservancy. In Gauteng I was part of FOP’s (Friends of Pilansberg) and together with our two sons, who were members of Boy Scouts, assisted with alien plant removal in the game reserve.



Carolyn Schwegman

CarolineI have lived in Pennington since 1994 and have, from the outset, been actively engaged with the municipality and government departments in environmental and conservation issues locally and further afield.

I formalised my work in the environmental field by taking a position with WESSA KZN Region (Wildlife & Environment Society of SA, a national NGO) in 2006 and am also a member of Coastwatch, a project of WESSA.

I have always actively participated in co-operative governance forums in Umdoni Municipality and the Ugu District with issues linked to resource management, waste management and biodiversity.
However, my greatest passion is for our indigenous flora and I believe there is great value to the society in urban conservation and the enhancement of our few remaining natural areas. 



Renee Oelschig


I moved to Pennington from Pietermaritzburg in 1992 and had a 5 year break in the Cape between 2008 and 2013. I was a para-legal in Conveyancing commuting to Durban and Amanzimtoti between 1993 and 2007.

I have always been passionate about the environment and especially the eradication of alien invasive vegetation. I have no formal qualifications but have read extensively and always put my money where my mouth is!

Conservation, recycling of all waste and the worry of people dumping have always occupied my thoughts and my efforts.

I joined the Conservancy to finally involve myself with a group and look forward to helping to preserve something of the natural world in which we live.  


Colette Carty


We moved to Pennington in 1997 as we wanted to raise our two children away from the city.

Although I still run my Architectural practice, now that both our children are away studying at University, this leaves me more time to give back, as our family have received,
from this wonderful, generous community.

I have always admired the passion of the people of the conservancy and wish to learn and grow from being in their presence.

Hopefully I can also assist with what I know best, planning and developing.