Bessie & Max Simon

Farm & Maintenance Supervisors

(2003 – present) Bessie is responsible for daily operations at Jan Help Man Cattle Farm. She supervises animal husbandry, assigns farm staff, and assists scientific staff in the collection of data regarding cheetah biology and ecology. Bessie has worked as a farm manager since the early 1990s, including conservancy farms, and is an experienced data analyst and cattle and small stock farmer. She also ran a very successful coal-burning operation for her previous employer.

Max is responsible for the maintenance and improvement of CCF facilities and equipment such as vehicles, engines, water and electric systems and fences. He assists the Farm Manager and Farm Manager Assistant in the supervision and scheduling of farm staff and assists others with animal husbandry and research tasks as required.

Max started his career as a mechanical engineer and worked for the transitional government in Namibia for five years as an inspector of works. Max has assisted Bessie as a farm manager, including conservancy farms.