JOHNSON FAMILY OWNERS
Our story is one of passion for an extraordinary country and its people; a place of exquisite beauty that enters into one’s soul. South Africa captivated Breese during his first visit in 1985. Restoring this property has been realizing a dream and is part of our lives’ work. Our mission on Mosaic is one of renewal and restoration. Renewal for those who stay here… Restoration of hope and livelihoods in the local community through job creation and education… Restoration of the eco-system in our little corner of the Cape Floral Kingdom.
Breese is a radiologist in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Kathryn is a commercial interior designer and has worked with Cape architect, Gregg Goddard, designing the new and renovated buildings on Mosaic. Our sons, Will and Matt, devote time for outreach work in the disadvantaged community in Stanford and other African countries. As a Global Studies university graduate, Will spent a year in Stellenbosch working on a sustainable development project for the Ivory Coast and is now working back in his hometown of Knoxville. Matt is at the University of Tennessee where he is studying Agricultural Economics and plays rugby. He also played for the USA Under 20 Men’s Teams. They both have a special place in their hearts for South African rugby!
Like many places in South Africa, the needs of disadvantaged people in Stanford are as urgent as food, water and shelter, to education, employment, health care, mentorship and healthy familial relationships. Community transformation can happen when everyone gives what they can: time, talents, or finances. Positive change and healing begins with investing ourselves in people.
We give thanks for the many friends and family who have traveled from the USA to put on the Youth Leadership Camps, Stanford Day Camps, taught art lessons and done labor work. We also thank our guests for supporting ecotourism, which provides jobs and education and helps restore hope and livelihoods in the local communities.
The Cape Floral Kingdom has the greatest diversity of plant life per geographic area on earth (almost 9,000 species), but 17% are critically rare or endangered. One-third of the fynbos that once existed has already been lost to agriculture, development, and the invasion of several alien plant species. These plants were imported in the mid 1800’s, without knowledge of longterm consequences. Without local biological controls, they have choked out massive areas of indigenous plants, dried up water catchments and streams, and contributed to erosion.
This destruction of natural habitat has also greatly diminished the numbers of mammals, insects and birds in the Cape region. As many as 29% of the mammal species are also endangered. The survival of these animals along with the insects and birds is critical for pollination and ultimately the future of the vast variety of fynbos plants.
Part of our mission at Mosaic is to eliminate these invasive plants, restoring habitat for our indigenous plants, animals and birds, and to promote the conservation of this land’s extraordinary natural resources. In doing so, opportunities for employment and education for the local people are created through alien vegetation clearance and eco-tourism. Partner with us in conserving creation and supporting sustainable development for empowering the local community. We are active members in the non-profit conservancy in the Western Cape, the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy.
Our mission on Mosaic is one of renewal and restoration. Renewal for those who stay here… Restoration of hope and livelihoods in the local community through job creation and education… Restoration of the eco-system in our little corner of the Cape Floral Kingdom.