ERNST WOHLITZ completed his National Diploma in nature conservation in 1979, and his B.Agric. in 1982. He joined the Pretoria Municipality in 1983 as a nature conservationist in charge of the Rietvlei Nature Reserve. After twelve years in the reserve he was tasked to conduct recreation management. He completed middle and senior management courses, after which he was appointed as manager of nature conservation and resorts. Currently he holds the position of Director: Nature Conservation Operations in the Environmental and Agriculture Management Department of the City of Tshwane.He also wrote a book on urban nature conservation (Bring nature back to the city) that was published in 2016 by BRIZA publishers.

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