Phindile Mangwana

It was through mountain biking in the great outdoors that Phindile Mangwana developed his childlike wonder and appreciation for nature. It kick-started a desire to protect it by acquiring a BSc in conservation biology, getting involved in environmental non- governmental organisations and entering competitions such as the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy Award, which he won in 2010. His passion also earned him a place in the Table Mountain Fund Young Professionals Programme, which aims to develop young professionals in biodiversity management. Focusing on environmental education, 23-year-old Mangwana spends his days supporting school- and community-based programmes. From reconnecting township youth to nature to making programmes relevant to people whose main concern is making a living, Mangwana works hard to foster environmental consciousness and involve people in what is essentially a losing battle without their support. By sharing his passion, Mangwana hopes to motivate people to do exactly what he does: bring about positive change in South Africa and on Earth.

Lu Larche