Aviwe Homani | WWF South Africa

Aviwe Homani



Posted on 28 August 2017
WWF intern Aviwe Homani is building her career as an Ecologist.
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WWF intern Aviwe Homani is building her career as an Ecologist.

Her qualification in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology has culminated in an internship with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

The 24-year-old applies her knowledge in the pollination of crops and wild flowers, evolutionary mechanisms associated with pollination that drive diversity, ecosystems services delivered by termites and dung beetles and functional diversity.

We caught up with Aviwe to find out what drives her ambitions.

What led you to this career?
I’ve always loved domestic animals, and that love grew to plants, microbes, insects, interactions, evolution.

What are your personal goals for this internship?
To narrow down my interests to what I really enjoy and wouldn‘t mind specialising in. To obtain valuable, inter-disciplinary experience in a position that will benefit from my academic background as well as offer new insights into my ultimate goal of being an Environmental Assessment Practitioner or a Researcher.

What issue would you like to be a part of addressing?
Food security and fighting the mistreatment, exploitation and abuse of women and children.

Who do you most admire and why?
Because the people I admire change with how relevant they are in my life, currently I’d say my mentor at SANBI because of her outweighed dedication and hard work to the science.

What role does your generation play in creating a better world?
I believe our role is to either defy or alter normal processes that lead you to being a modern slave to the current system i.e. years of studying only to get a comfortable job to serve while with the exact same knowledge you can find within your own community opportunities to use your capacity to make things better and right rather than legal.

What makes our future so bright?
The hope that, though few, there are genuine people out there willing to do good and make a difference at whatever scale they can tomorrow and the next day.
WWF intern Aviwe Homani is building her career as an Ecologist.
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