Five interns have joined the SANBI’s Biodiversity and Mainstreaming Division at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The interns form part of the National Research Foundation’s Internship Programme and will be based with their respective programmes for one year. Tendamudzimu Munyai, Boitshekwane Kgantsi and Michelle Baatjies are based within SANBI’s Bioregional Programmes, Vuyiseka Majali within the Municipal Programme and Kagiso Mangwale in the Landuse & Environmental Management Programme.
mainstreaming division gets NRF interns
mainstreaming division interns
Michelle Baatjies holds a Bachelors Degree in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, which she obtained at the University of the Western Cape. She is currently housed with the CAPE Coordination Unit where she will be focusing on communications activities, stakeholder and partner engagement as well as the monitoring and evaluation of the CAPE Programme.
Tenda Munyai is from Thohoyandou in Limpopo and holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from University of Venda (UNIVEN) as well as training certificate for public administrators from Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy (PALAMA). While being placed at the SKEP coordination unit he will assist with programme development, building research capacity in the succulent Karoo, and Monitoring and Evaluation.
Boitshekwane Kgantsi is currently based in Springbok, Northern Cape with the Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Programme (SKEP). She is from Lichtenburg in the North West Province, and completed a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Management at UNIVEN. Through this internship, she hopes to learn and be innovative where applicable. Kgantsi says: “my dream is to see most people contributing to the natural environment and taking part in the environmental programmes as this will help not to jeopardize the natural environment as a whole”.
Vuyiseka Majali reins from Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape. Her undergraduate training includes: Industrial Psychology, Sociology, Statistics and labour law. She currently holds a Master of Social Science degree in Social Anthropology obtained at the University of Fort Hare. Currently an intern within the Municipal Programme, her focus involves supporting urban nature conservators to build relationships with communities surrounding their reserves, through youth development and community based greening projects. She hopes to empower and grow the love of nature amongst the communities, at the same time as building her action research skills.
Kagiso Mangwale, from Hwelereng in Limpopo; first joined SANBI as a CATHSSETA intern through the National Vegetation Database programme and is now placed within the Environmental Assessment and Land Use Planning programme. He completed a Bachelors Degree and Honours in Botany from the University of Limpopo (Turfloop Campus) and went on to complete a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science at Rhodes University (Grahamstown). Through this internship placement, Kagiso will make use of GIS platforms in spatial analysis and map production in an effort to provide technical assistance to the broader Scientific and Biodiversity planning community at SANBI.
Mandy Barnett, Director: Southern Bioregional Programmes says: “I am delighted to welcome the new interns into SANBI and into our teams. The biodiversity and green economy are hungry for new skills and we are pleased to be part of the process of supporting this development.”
Date posted: 15 May 2012