Wanda Mkutshulwa

Head of communications at South African National Parks

Wanda, the head of communications at South African National Parks (SANParks), has the responsibility of communicating the vision and mission of the country’s premier conservation organisation and its 22 national parks, as well as building a solid reputation for SANParks.

Before she joined SANParks at the beginning of 2003, Wanda was involved in issues around land claims and so has an insight into some of the challenges facing the organisation. She was appointed head of communications for the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights in the Eastern Cape in 1999, and from there moved on to become national communications coordinator in the office of the chief land claims commissioner.

Wanda studied journalism and media studies and international relations at Rhodes University and worked briefly for the media, both in the print and broadcast fields, before moving into the communications field. Her favourite restaurant at the moment is Co.fi in Brooklyn, Pretoria, because it has a lovely vibe that she enjoys. “To tell you the truth, I think the management is ready to either give me shares, change the name of the restaurant to Wanda’s, or kick me out for hanging out there so much.”

Lunch Spot: Co.Fi, Pretoria