Yoliswa MolefeYoliswa Molefe

Graduated Honours Student


The role of traditional grain crops in the livelihood strategies of peri-urban communities: A study of Umgababa in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Supervisors: Jaci van Niekerk and Assoc Prof Rachel Wynberg

I completed my Honours in the Environmental and Geographic Science Department at UCT in 2015; after undertaking undergraduate studies in Sociology and Environmental Science at the same institution. I am from the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, but have been living in Cape Town for the past six years.  My thesis looked at the role and demand for traditional produce in a peri-urban South African context.

I am fascinated by human interaction with the Earth. I am particularly interested in looking at the ways in which socially conscious environmental decisions can be made and how affected communities can be incorporated into the decision making process. Furthermore, I am interested in looking at how cooperation and effective negotiation can take place between different groups who often have different and conflicting interests. I assent to the idea that society should be at the centre of all environmental decisions and at the centre of all attempts to tackle environmental challenges. In a few years, I see myself working on innovative and practical solutions to environmental justice issues and working to prevent environmental hazards due to human activity. In my free time I enjoy reading, watching cricket and sightseeing.