Malukhanye Steven Mbopha
“I have a strong passion for supporting transparent decision-making processes. The marginalisation of local people in environment-related decision making often results in environmental degradation.”
Malukhanye was born in Mount Ayliff, Eastern Cape, the third child in a large, friendly family of ten. At school he excelled in geography and environmental management sciences, which he enjoyed because of their practical application to the world around him. When he isn’t working Malukhanye enjoys lifting weights and spending time with his family and friends.
Malukhanye attained undergraduate and Honours degrees in Geography and Environmental Sciences from the Walter Sisulu University. In his Honours degree he focused on environmental impact assessment (EIA) processes and climate change.
Malukhanye’s role at WESSA involves supporting the facilitation of environmental education programmes and courses. At the end of his first month he was given the opportunity to present WESSA comments on “The Efficacy of South Africa’s EIA Regime” in the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs in Parliament. He has also participated in radio interviews about projects that he is involved with.
Malukhanye believes that the conservation sector needs people who are passionate about and dedicated to their work. Through his school and university studies Malukhanye became particularly concerned about the marginalisation of local people in environmental decision-making processes, and he has decided to focus his career on bridging the gaps between decision-makers and non-literate individuals affected by environmental decision making. He looks forward to developing a career around public participation processes and environmental impact assessments.