Environment

2020 category sponsors

Preshanthie Naicker-Manick, 34

Preshanthie Naicker-Manick, 34

Deputy director
South Africa’s department of environment, forestry and fisheries

“Striking a balance and integration of my intelligence, spiritual and emotional quotient has been very important to me,” says Preshanthie Naicker-Manick, speaking of her position as deputy director at South Africa’s department of environment, forestry and fisheries —...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Refiloe Mathibe, 29

Refiloe Mathibe, 29

Civil engineering technologist
CLYF

“I waited in the shadows for someone to notice me: ‘Hey, please give me a chance, I am creative and a hard worker.’ I had no idea that I could make mistakes, but then I actually concluded that if I wasn't making mistakes, I was still waiting for a rescue team and no...

Rosie Goddard | mg.co.za
Athenkosi Baba, 27

Athenkosi Baba, 27

YouLead co-ordinator

Athenkosi Baba has been working in the youth leadership development sector for the past 10 years. He first joined Project 90 by 2030 back in 2015, and quickly excelled at using his own life experiences to develop climate-conscious youth leaders. At Project 90 he...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Ramulifho Pfananani, 30

Ramulifho Pfananani, 30

Postdoctoral research fellow
University of Venda

Ramulifho Pfananani says being the first from his family and village to complete a doctorate degree was a moment of immense pride for him. His PhD is in river management, he is the national vice-chairperson of the Young Water Professionals and he is a postdoctoral...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Kekeletso Pulane, 27

Kekeletso Pulane, 27

Cofounder and director
Ramtsilo

Kekeletso Pulane is an extraordinary young woman, and disruptor of note. Dedicated to changing the status quo, she invented a strong, durable and fire resistant building material made from recycled plastic. Construction has long been a male-dominated industry and...

James Nash | mg.co.za
Akhona Lerato Xotyeni, 23

Akhona Lerato Xotyeni, 23

Master’s Candidate; Researcher; Youth Advisor and Activist on policies involving Human Rights and Climate Action
Stellenbosch University and South African Institute for International Affairs

They say knowledge is the tool of activism and, with the world in desperate need of both, Akhona Lerato Xotyeni is making sure she’s well equipped. The 23-year-old master’s student wears many hats: she contributes as a researcher, never shies away from public...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Dr Simone Dahms-Verster, 28

Dr Simone Dahms-Verster, 28

Assistant lecturer
University of Johannesburg

Dr Simone Dahms-Verster holds a PhD in zoology, and plans to use her expertise to perform work that will improve the natural environment, so that her child and younger generations will live in a world with clean rivers and rich biodiversity. Her research focuses on...

Tshegofatso Mathe | mg.co.za
Esethu Cenga, 26

Esethu Cenga, 26

Co-founder
Rewoven

Esethu Cenga, 26, co-founded Rewoven, a textile recycling company that is about creating a circular economy in the clothing and textiles sector to build a more sustainable future for the industry. She turned down a great job offer to give her attention to establishing...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Shaakira Chohan, 35

Shaakira Chohan, 35

Architect and urbanist

Architect and urbanist Shaakira Chohan says one of the proudest moments in her career so far was being part of the team that erected the statue of Nelson Mandela in Palestine. She led the team that designed, erected and unveiled the statue, which is now in the...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Mokgadi Moloko Mabela, 33

Mokgadi Moloko Mabela, 33

Director and founder
Native Nosi

“I want the youth to smash stereotypes and tread in spaces our parents would have never dreamt of treading,” says Mokgadi Mabela. The 33-year-old is the director and founder of Native Nosi. Native Nosi is a company that produces and sells honey, wax and organic and...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za