Protection of oceans

Faye Brownell, 43 and Sanele Vilikazi, 31

Faye Brownell, 43 and Sanele Vilikazi, 31

Leader and people mobiliser
Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust

When a group of local canoers noticed the deteriorating quality of the uMngeni and uMsunduzi rivers, they decided to do something. The Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust (Duct) was born in 2005. Since inception, Duct leader Faye Brownell and Duct public mobiliser Sanele...

Shaazia Ebrahim | mg.co.za
Jean Harris, 58

Jean Harris, 58

Executive director
WildOceans

“We want people to understand the connection between people and nature,” says Jean Harris, the executive director of WildOceans — a platform for a coastal community-based “citizen science” movement that aims to benefit the coastline and its inhabitants, both animal...

Shaazia Ebrahim | mg.co.za
Masifundise Development Trust

Masifundise Development Trust

Masifundise Development Trust

The Masifundise Development Trust advocates for small-scale fishers. Masifundise’s vision has evolved over more than four decades. Originally established in 1980 as an adult literacy outreach trust, Masifundise supported people of colour in the Western Cape during the...

Carol Chamberlain | mg.co.za
Neville van Rooy, 42

Neville van Rooy, 42

Community outreach coordinator
The Green Connection

Neville van Rooy travels the country, driving from coastal community to coastal community and educating residents about the dangers the oceans face. These communities are often reliant on the ocean for their livelihoods and face ever-present risks that come in a...

James Nash | mg.co.za
Cameron Service, 34

Cameron Service, 34

Chief executive
The Litterboom Project

The ocean has always been an important place for Cameron Service, who grew up near the beaches of Durban. While working as a trail builder, he found himself confronted with the ugly reality of plastic pollution, which inspired him to start The Litterboom Project, a...

Andie Reeves | mg.co.za