Our Team

Meet Our Team

Meet the 2018 Board Members of The Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa.  All board members serve the Hiking fraternity in a voluntary capacity and draw no remuneration.


Roshael Hoosen, President President@hosavosa.co.za

Roshael has hiked 1000’s of km’s in and around South Africa for more than a decade.  She has successfully summited Kilimanjaro in 2015.  Roshael is also the Chairlady of her local hiking club, The Bokmakierie Hiking Club.  She has completed a BCom Honors Degree in Psychology and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.  Roshael was the Director of her own Consulting firm for 14 years.

She brings a well-rounded business perspective to the Non Profit environment of the Hiking Organisation of South Africa.

Victor Cunningham, Vice-President Vicepresident@hosavosa.co.za

Victor has been the Senior Section Ranger for the Southern Cape since 2003, where he was accountable for the trail management of the Garden Route National Park, Tsitsikama Section. He is a qualified Environmental Assessment Practitioner and has had the responsibility of overseeing the end to end management of the day trails systems in the park.

Victor is a qualified Green Flag Trail Auditor as well as a Hike Leader. He brings a wealth of practical hands on environmental sustainability knowledge to the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa.

Dave Hale, Treasurer Finances@hosavosa.co.za


Dave is a qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. He is active member of the Parakletos and Nomades hiking clubs, he loves hiking and barely a weekend goes by that he is not on a trail somewhere. He has been the Treasurer of the Hiking Organisation on Southern Africa since 2016.

Dave is primarily responsible for ensuring that the NPO is compliant with the all the regulatory requirements from SARS, Department of Social Development and the CIPC.  The Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa welcomes Dave back on the Board.

Wilna Loxley-Ford, Secretary Web@hosavosa.co.za OR Secretary@hosavosa.co.za

Wilna has a BComm degree in Information Systems and a National Diploma in Electronic Data Processing.  She has worked in Systems Development and managed several IT projects from initiation to completion.  Africa. She worked as a Consultant for Coopers and Lybrand in London, managing and advising on IT projects. She has worked as volunteer on several fund raising events.

Wilna enjoys hiking, she is part of the Parakletos Hiking club, of which she has been the secretary for 5 years and she is part of the Magalies Hiking management team. She has served on the the Hiking Southern Africa board the last 4 years as the Secretary and Social media coordinator.

Jaco van Heerden, Schools and Youth Membership Lead jaco.vanheerden@carab.co.za  Youth@hosavosa.co.za

Jaco is an outdoorsman and adventurer at heart and if he could, he would spend every week end camping, cycling or Hiking.  He has completed a Mechanical Engineering Degree, Project Management Certificate and compliments this with a Walking Leaders Award from the South African Mountaineering Development and Training Trust (MDT).

He is actively part of the Voortrekker organisation and has been the course leader for the last 4 years at Thaba Fieldwork camp, where he presents courses on hiking and nature conservation. He has been instrumental in building hiking relationships with schools and the youth in various provinces.  The Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa welcomes his passion for the young generation of hikers.  Jaco is fully supported to empower and encourage the development of hiking clubs at schools and youth gatherings.

Gerhardt van Greunen, Corporate Membership Lead gerhardt.ecotrail@gmail.com  Corporate@hosavosa.co.za

Gerhardt completed a Trails Planning course at the Tukkies University and is a qualified Senior Green Flag Trail Auditor.  He has successfully built mountain biking trails on St Helena Island and is responsible for the Green Flag Audit of the Peak Hiking Trail in St Helena.

Gerhardt has established educational walking trails for school learners.  He is regularly relied on for the provision of training courses on the subjects of ecology and eco-tourism. The Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa is grateful to have Gerhardt’s years of hiking and eco-tourism experience to rely on.

Albert Bossert, Special Projects Lead Boskamproetes1@gmail.com SpecialProjects@hosavosa.co.za

Albert has been planning, developing and building Hiking Trails in Southern Africa for more than 3 decades.  He is a qualified with a Technical Diploma in Civil Engineering and is a qualified Trail Builder and Green Flag Auditor.  As a founding member of the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa, Albert has been the President for 8 years.

He now, successfully runs his own trail building and maintenance business, Boskamproetes, and has led the team on various trail building and rehabilitation projects, in Southern Africa.

His more recent hiking trail development projects include the building of the Khomas Hochland Hiking Trail that covers 91kms over 6 days in Namibia, as well as the Rhebok Trail, a 2 day 32 km trail in the Golden Gate National Park, in the Free State South Africa.  He has also successfully led various Clean Up Projects in the Fish River Canyon.  He is well known for his creative ideas and supports the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa with his entrepreneurial creativity.  Albert is an Honorary member of the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa.

Leon Hugo, Quality Audit Lead Leon.Hugo@vodamail.com GreenFlag@hosavosa.co.za

Prof Leon Hugo is a qualified with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Eco Tourism.  He has lectured at the University of Stellenbosch and at the University of Pretoria.  Prof Hugo has planned in excess of 150 hiking trails in SA and abroad.
He has developed and managed the Green Flag Accreditation system for hiking trails. He has been commissioned by the government of Nepal to Green Flag audit trails in the Himalayas, as well as the Australian and Peruvian on various trail Projects.He is the author and distributor of the book: Environmental Management: An Ecological guide to sustainable living in SA, as well as 2 additional books on Hiking Trails in SA.   In his active spare time, he co-manages www.econatics.co.za – the weekly updated website for environmental issues as a supplement to the textbook: Environmental management.  He is a founding father of the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa,  remains committed to the organisation and adds tremendous value to our team. Leon is an Honorary member of the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa.