“What sparked my interest in the environment is my father. He loved to go to the mountain with me and tell me stories about nature. He made me curious about the environment.”
Lumka is the third born of five siblings, and grew up in a small town called Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape. By seeing the environmental degradation taking place around her home town, Lumka became passionate about supporting people to meet their own needs while ensuring the sustainability of natural systems and the environment. In her spare time Lumka enjoys listening to gospel and house music and reading books about environmental issues.
Lumka attained a National Diploma in Environmental Management and is currently completing a B.Tech in Environmental Management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Her B.Tech research project focused on the human and environmental health impacts of illegal waste dumping in a nature reserve.
Lumka was initially based at Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area, focused on the Working for Water Programme. Here she gained experience in field verification and site inspection and also had the opportunity to work with contractors. Lumka then moved to the WWF-SA Watar Balance Programme, where she is exposed to varied work in vegetation and wetland management, as well as further developing her professional skills.
Lumka believes that the best path to success is to be passionate about and committed to environmental protection. She uses positive energy to gain as much experience and knowledge as possible in order to further her career in wetlands research and management.