Innocentia Nontokozo Magubane
Youth Environmental Coordinator at the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (éDumbe Municipality)
After working for years as a security guard at éDumbe magistrate’s court in Paulpietersburg, KwaZulu-Natal, Innocentia Nontokozo Magubane took a gamble and enrolled in a distance learning program with Unisa. In 2017, Magubane graduated with a National Diploma in Nature Conservation. Today, she is working for the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment as a youth environmental coordinator in the municipality, a position she has held since 2019. Her job involves conducting environmental awareness training at schools and around communities, where she encourages the youth to build a green, clean and healthy nation. She also works on waste management clearing after identifying illegal dumping hotspots in éDumbe. Believing that the future is in the hands of the youth, Magubane says: “I encourage learners and the youth to take up environmental studies in order to build a sustainable green, clean and healthy South Africa.” Her love for nature conservation, environmental and sustainability issues took shape from an early age, she says, adding that watching the Wildlife channel also played a huge role in her career choice.