In July 2015 David was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Population and Sustainability Network (PSN) and the Margaret Pyke Trust (MPT). He moved to London to take up these posts. These appointments marked the culmination of three years’ work highlighting the impacts of mankind’s growing population, as well as our increasing and often unequal levels of consumption.
Initially the focus of this website was David’s series of articles written from sites across South Africa demonstrating why the population topic matters in the real world, not just on graphs of bland statistics.
Subsequently David began to design programmes integrating actions focussed on improvements in sexual and reproductive health and rights, conservation and women’s rights. The focus of this site then evolved, to cover David’s work with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme (TVEP) and his other South African partner NGOs. During this period the project David designed for the EWT and TVEP known as “Hayi Laa!” was implemented and numerous articles on this unique project featured. In July 2015 David’s role for project Hayi Laa! followed him to PSN, but he’ll not have the time to write as many articles as before. Nevertheless, this website will feature updates on the work of PSN and MPT.
During the most active period of this website, when David was writing the series of articles on various population and consumption issues, newspapers including the Star, the Cape Times, the Pretoria News, the Citizen, Beeld, Die Burger and Volksblad, print magazines Sawubona and Africa Geographic and Marie Claire Online and Health24.com all published David’s articles. He also spoke about population issues on TV (SABC and ANN7) and radio (Cape Talk, Talk Radio 702, SAfm and UJFM). David has given keynote speeches on population and consumption issues at events in South Africa, Namibia and the UK.