Landing an internship at the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, Cikizwa will be combining her academic knowledge with responsibilities that include supporting stakeholder engagements, conservation planning, (use of GIS and remote sensing for conservation planning) and administrative functions, among others.
We caught up with her to find out more about her ambitions:
What inspired you to follow this career?
Apart from the passion and the love for the environment, it is how well my grade 12 Geography teacher sold the idea of Geography-related careers to me, which triggered a spark and led me to study Environmental Science.
What will you take from your experience as a WWF intern?
To have learned the trades of my career path in a working environment, and sharpen all the skills I have acquired from my undergraduate to postgraduate. Thus gaining the experience needed to venture into the professional working environment.
What is the most important issue that you would like to be a part of solving?
Water scarcity which is a basic human need that needs to conserved for future generations.
If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?
People’s perspective on empowering themselves.
Who do you most admire and why?
My parents are the two people who have taught me a lot about being a strong independent woman and staying true to one’s self. I am who and where I am today because of their upbringing.
What role does your generation play in creating a better world?
Having courage to work hard, not wait for hand-outs, working for what they desire. Not forgetting to be rooted, staying and having positive thinking.
What makes our future so bright?
Being positive and believing in one’s self that nothing is impossible.