Justin “Jud” Bend is Siyazisiza Trust’s newly appointed Provincial Manager for Kwazulu-Natal. Born in England, Justin came to South Africa as a wee lad aged 4 and grew up in Durban. He is passionate about initiatives that provide the space and opportunity for marginalised rural poor communities to identify and mobilise around those challenges that they face on a daily basis and to develop practical, workable solutions to mitigate these. He first become interested in this type of work whilst studying at the University of KZN and, through his research, become increasingly involved in an EU-funded community-based eco-tourism programme on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast. Since then he has gone on to lead a number of innovative and progressive rural-development programmes. He has recently returned from 5-years in the UK where he worked at a senior-level for one of the country’s leading sustainable transport charities. He is extremely pleased to be back in South Africa and excited at opportunity to work for an organisation that is having such a positive impact on the lives of so many marginalised communities in Zululand.
When not working Justin loves to spend time with his wife and 3 kids seeking out and exploring the many natural and cultural treasures of our beautiful country.
Please feel free to link up with him at https://za.linkedin.com/in/judbend