Makhosazana “Khosi” Mavimbela
Executive Director at the Forest Sector Charter Council
Black empowerment, equality, and community development are the reasons Makhosazana “Khosi” Mavimbela always reports for duty at the Forest Sector Charter Council (FSCC) offices, where she works as executive director. Mavimbela joined the FSCC as a researcher in 2008 and, being in the coalface of information, allowed her to understand policy development, outreach, and stakeholder management, all of which are key activities at the FSCC. “Working in forestry has made me understand how natural resources can play an important role in rural and community development,” says Mavimbela. “In the end, humans are responsible for sustainable or unsustainable use of our natural resources.” The FSCC, explains Mavimbela, is mandated with facilitating, monitoring, and reporting on transformation in the forestry sector. She says her deep understanding of the role of the council always feeds her passion for transformation and empowerment. Apart from holding a Master’s degree in Science in Environmental Resource Management from the University of Swaziland, Mavimbela says one also requires soft skills to manage relationships between stakeholders in the sector.