Bernadine’s expertise includes strategic planning; feasibility studies; business plans; economic impact assessments; and market research. She is currently based in our Durban office.
Bernadine completed her Bachelor of Science Honours (cum laude), followed by an MScAgric (Agribusiness) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Bernadine has been involved with:
Professional qualifications and memberships
- Feasibility (including Market and Financial Projections)
Studies for proposed community, public and private sector developments, e.g. Mixed use development in eThekwini, Mooi River Industrial Park for Mpofana Municipality, IDC Nonoti Mega Beach Resort project in KwaZulu-Natal; hospitality development in Accra, Ghana, Conference Centres in Pietermaritzburg, Umhlanga and Ballito, hotel feasibilities in various locations, higher education and training institutions, and integrated housing.
- Strategy development and analysis
Bernadine has been involved with the preparation and overseeing of the development of destination strategies in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and Free State. Her work in Swaziland included conservation management planning as part of a turnaround strategy for the three national reserves of Swaziland. She has also worked on the development of LED strategies in KZN and the aviation sector in the Eastern Cape.
- Sports Impact Studies
She was part of the team that worked on a regional football impact study for the successful Qatar 2022 Soccer World Cup bid.
- Economic Impact
Preparing economic impact studies for proposed and existing economic development projects and conducting large-scale economic impact research on the Durban and KZN north coast tourism industries and South African timeshare industry. She has conducted economic impact assessments for the Durban ICC over four financial years.
- Industry Reporting
Preparing industry status reports such as the state of the South African vacation ownership industry and travel market index for ASATA.
Undertaking and coordinating research for various clients such as the eThekwini Municipality, IDC, KZN Growth Fund, Dube TradePort, DUT and the World Bank.
- Golden Key International Honours Society
- Women’s Property Network (KZN)
- BSc Honours (Wildlife Science) cum laude
- MScAgric (Agribusiness)
- Certificate in Environmental Law
- Guest speaker at various government and industry-related events on topics such as economic impacts of tourism, community beneficiation from tourism and land reform.
- Peer-reviewed journal article published in Agrekon (December 2005) “Poverty, empowerment and institutional criteria to measure the performance of equity-share schemes in South African agriculture”
- Peer-reviewed journal article published in Agrekon (December 2004) and reprinted (March 2005) in the international Indian journal Icfaian Journal of Management Research titled “Measuring the performance of equity-share schemes in South African agriculture: A focus on financial criteria”
Bernadine has worked with local crafters in the Umzinyathi District Municipality on development of an arts and crafts project, as well as training SMMEs on business planning through the Tourism Enterprise Programme. She was formerly an honourary officer for Ezemvelo-KZNWidlife in KwaZulu-Natal and a volunteer for the SPCA.
She was also part of the official 2010, 2011 and 2012 adjudication team for the annual industry awards of the Vacation Ownership Association of Southern Africa. Bernadine currently serves on the committee of the KZN Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (“SATSA”). She has attended a training course run by the International Project Finance Association (“IPFA”) on understanding international project finance.