Johan graduated from the Cape Technikon in 1992 with a National Diploma in Nature Conservation and in 1996 studied further to obtain a B-Tech degree in Nature Conservation.
Between 1994 and 2002 Johan worked as a Nature Reserve Manager at Karoo Nature Reserve, Groendal Wilderness and Matjiesrivier.
He was offered a position as Conservation Services Manager working with farmers in 2003 and was responsible for CapeNature’s legal and statutory mandates doing site inspections on farms. During this period he also got involved with the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor with agricultural area wide planning of the Sandveld region in the Western Cape, and here he met with rooibos and potato producers. Expansion of the potato and rooibos production footprint threatened biodiversity in the Sandveld and this led to the piloting of the ‘biodiversity best practice’ initiative for both the Rooibos Tea and Potato industries in the area.
During 2008 Johan was offered a position as Senior Project Manager with the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor project to oversee the expansion of protected areas through the Stewardship programme. In 2009 he was asked to act as coordinator of the GCBC project.