Erika Foot  - Area Manager

At 25, Erika is Cape Town’s youngest Area Manager. Like many young people she loves reading, movies and clothes. Erika sees her career in nature conservation as a calling, not just a job. She enjoys working in a team, and the fact that every day is different: from one moment to the next you could be out in the veld observing animals, attending a meeting in the City, fixing the plumbing, preparing a presentation on the uses of indigenous plants, fighting a fire on the reserve, or arresting a poacher. Nature conservation is Erika’s passion and she knows that she is making a positive difference.

Sometimes conservation can be very challenging but Erika gets through those times by being positive and having a sense of humour. She jokes that she has a very responsible job: “Everything that goes wrong I’m responsible for.”

Loving every moment!













Conservation Careers in the City of Cape Town
  • The City of Cape Town employs a small but committed team of people to manage its network of nature reserves.
  • Find out what some of these people do and how they feel about their work:
  Clifford Dorse - Area Manager   Tshepo Mamabolo - Reserve Manager
  Dalton Gibbs -Area Manager   John Hartnick - Stores and Gate Manager
  Erika Foot - Area Manager   Mzwandile (Zwai) Peter - Communications Manager
  Adele Pretorius - Reserve Manager   Bronwen Foster - Environmental Education Officer
  Lewine Walters - Reserve Manager   Patricia Holmes - Biodiversity Specialist