Sthembile Ndwandwe

Phd Student

Supervisor: A/Prof Rachel Wynberg

I am happy hustler from KwaXimba – a rural town in KwaZulu-Natal. I completed my Masters Degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. My research focused on the contribution of indigenous knowledge practices to food security in five villages in KwaZulu-Natal. I then joined the Environmental Leaders Programme at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), South Africa. At WWF I worked with the Labour Unions, and for the large part of the programme I was involved in the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (Sustainable Agriculture). For the past three and half years I was coordinating the implementation of the National Recordal System in the Western Cape. This project is essentially a Department of Science and Technology initiative which documents indigenous knowledge held by communities for its protection, utilisation, preservation and promotion.

I am very passionate about peoples’ interaction with the environment, especially within the contexts of economic production and rural development. My PhD focuses on the mass cultivation of indigenous biological resources for commercialisation.

Outside all this, you will find me hosting a gathering of some sort with my housemates, or in dialogues about social justice; otherwise I’ll be boxing or netflixing.