“Through this internship I am gaining valuable work experience in my field of my study. I think the experience that I am getting will prepare me to get a better job in my career field and to be successful in my career.”
Fhatuwani was born in the rural village of Tshikombani in the Limpopo Province into a family of six. Observing how people polluted the land and water around his village, Fhatuwani became determined to be involved in environmental protection. He grew up admiring his uncle, who is in a senior position in Water Affairs in Limpopo. His uncle demonstrated to him the possibility of building a career around water management and conservation. In his leisure time Fhatuwani enjoys watching his national sports teams compete. He jogs and enjoys listening to gospel music.
Fhatuwani attained his undergraduate degree and Honours in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Venda. In 2010 he had the opportunity to visit Russia on a research trip, which gave him a valuable perspective on environmental issues beyond a South African context. In 2014 he would like to enrol in a part-time Masters degree in Environmental Studies.
Fhatuwani was initially placed at Emanti Management for the duration of his Groen Sebenza internship. While at Emanti he assisted with the development of a water safety plan for various municipalities in the Western Cape. He also attended community meetings, wrote reports and assisted the organisation with targeted desktop research.
Fhatuwani looks forward to a career in water resource management. His career goal has always been to work for the South African government, developing and managing water-related research projects. After spending three months at Emanti Aron was offered and accepted a permanent position within the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. He is glad to have been given the opportunity to apply the knowledge he gained from academic studies in a practical, workplace setting and also to learn new things related to his field of study through the Groen Sebenza Programme.