Mike Kendrick -
WSO Founder & Director
Mike is an experienced senior leader in education, a Life Sciences and Photography teacher, and for over 25 years has specialised in teaching students from disadvantaged communities. In the UK Mike was Deputy Principal of an inner-city government school. On relocating to South Africa, he was Principal of a Second Chance Matric Centre, on the Cape Flats and Education Director with Taurus School Solutions, an NGO empowering government schools in the Cape Flats. He is a published photographer at international and national level, taking images for NGO’s including Elephants Alive, Conservation Action Trust and Birdlife International SA and is a photographic tutor for guide training agencies.
Rifumo Mathebula -
WSO Programme Leader
Rifumo took the WSO course while a member of the Madiba Youth Organisation in Ludlow Village in 2016. He persuaded WSO to run a course at his school, Frank Maghinyana High and organised the group and the venue. Shortly after this, Rifumo began joining Mike Kendrick for photo assignments. Rifumo completed an internship at Waterside Lodge thanks to Thornybush Game Reserve and then joined Conservation South Africa’s Media Team. In 2021 Rifumo became their Media Team Leader with the added responsibility of leading the delivery of Wild Shots Outreach programmes. Rifumo is a born teacher with a passion and an enthusiasm for passing on his knowledge of wildlife and conservation and his photography skills.
Warren Ngobeni -
WSO Assistant Programme Leader
Warren Ngobeni was recruited to WSO by Neville Ngomane and attended a WSO course in January 2020 in his home town of Acornhoek. He began developing a very creative style which made his images stand out. WSO took Warren on assignment to cover a rhino dehorning later that year and one of Warren’s image was published on the front page of Beeld, a national newspaper. Warren was so moved by the rhino operation that he wrote about his experience and this was picked up by the New Big 5 project. Warren is passionate about conservation and about using his images to motivate, educate and uplift his community.