Preservation of natural habitats

David Tshidzumba, 24

David Tshidzumba, 24

Youth brigade chairperson and co-ordinator
SOLVE — Save our Limpopo Valley Environment

Save Our Limpopo Valley Environment (SOLVE) is an organisation that advocates for the conservation and sustainable development in the Vhembe region. SOLVE is fighting the authorisation of the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone in the ecologically sensitive and...

Alexandra van Nieuwenhuizen | mg.co.za
Enock Pedze, 40

Enock Pedze, 40

Chairperson
South Africa Volunteer Work Camp Association

South Africa Volunteer Work Camp Association (SAVWA), is a youth-focused NPO working on projects addressing permaculture. SAVWA is a member of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service, which aims to address climate change and protect our...

Alexandra van Nieuwenhuizen | mg.co.za
Bishop Ngobeli, 47

Bishop Ngobeli, 47

Conservation manager
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

Bishop Ngobeli’s interest in conservation stems from his childhood. He grew up in rural Venda, where he says he was always exposed to the natural environment. He studied nature conservation at the University of Pretoria, then began his career as an intern at Mokala...

Sandiso Ngubane | mg.co.za
Deon Louw, 36

Deon Louw, 36

Urban greening project manager
The Greenpop Foundation

As an urban greening project manager, Louw's paired passions for education and ecology coincide. Central to his work is the Fynbos for Future initiative, which connects children living in underserved — and "under-greened" — communities with their natural heritage by...

Lucienne Bestall | mg.co.za
Zoë Gauld-Angelucci, 32

Zoë Gauld-Angelucci, 32

Head of programmes
The Greenpop Foundation

Zoë Gauld-Angelucci has always loved the natural world. She spent her childhood tending to tomato plants and enjoying taking long walks along the river near her home. Fast forward two decades and she attended the University of Cape Town, where she gained a broader...

Shai Rama | mg.co.za