Ms Morakane Madiba
Regional Coordinator – Southern Africa
I recently completed my Master (MEd) research in Environmental Education, from Rhodes University. The research I conducted was about ‘how training in the Groen Sebenza project enable or not the GIS incumbents to become full participants in the occupations they occupy in GIS communities of practice in their organizations’ in a context of Green Economy.
The aim was so see how internship training is conducted in different organizations including government, private and parastatal organizations. Also to see if the internship training could live up to its promise of being a powerful form of learning in the workplace especially that they are regarded as one of the means of increasing access to “real” jobs in the environmental sector at an entry level. Before the MEd research, I studied BSc Honours with the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. My research was about water conservation and management. To be more specific, I was working with the INKOMATI catchment management agency, investigating equity in access to water (National Water Act 1998) by the black emerging farmers of different age groups at Hazyview-Bushbuckridge.
Prior to studying Honours degree, I worked with SANParks (internship) where I filled a position of a nature conservationist and a project manager. The project I was managing was about the control of the invasive alien plants, prosopis glandulasa, along Orange River within the Park’s premises. Other responsibilities includes: law enforcement including anti-poaching, security, game monitoring, natural resource management, technical assistant such as road, fence and weir maintenance, assist in management of the park including tourism, Manage the Clearing of Alien Invasive Plant project, Coordinate the contractors daily activities, Alien Invasive plants survey using ARC-view, GPS and physical patrolling, Administration work for the project and progress report writing.
I also worked at SANBI (internship) as the Alien Invasive plants researcher under the Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) unit at Pretoria Botanical gardens.