Ron Sabelo Luvo Memani is not only an expert on environmental conservation with extensive knowledge on botany and biodiversity, he’s also making an impression by expanding the green economy.
The conservation area manager for Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area, Memani has worked to preserve plant and animal species for almost a decade. He has worked hard to establish and confirm a Cape platanna population, an endangered frog species endemic to South Africa, and has identified at least five new plant species in the Kenilworth Conservation Area.
Memani is committed to educating and employing the youth in the green economy in order to achieve an environmentally sustainable future for our planet. He has managed an eight-month-long National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level Two skills and development programme for the Friends of the Liesbeek volunteer organisation.
The programme trained six interns from low economic backgrounds in Environmental Management Practice. Three of the interns did a further year of training for the Liesbeek Maintenance Project. “It was a true success story,” says Memani, “I am proud to have been part of a team that helped create employment and workplace training opportunities for youths to pursue a career in the green economy.”
Memani acknowledges how community and local authorities play a major role in environmental conservation. “The public are our eyes on the ground. Non-profit organisations [also] play a key role in the green economy sector, because we always seek to evolve and to be adaptable to changing social climates, and not to be just environmental custodians, but stewards for youth’s socioeconomic benefit.”
He stresses: “We are all connected. Continued unsustainable living impacts us all: socially, environmentally and economically.”
Continued unsustainable living impacts us all: socially, environmentally and economically