Zikhona holds a certificate in Environmental Education through Rhodes University which she completed in 2006. She worked in Kirstenbosch gardens as an Environmental Education Officer for 5 years. She says, “My work there involved planning and implementing Environmental Education programs for learners from all walks of life, from grade R to 12 and in all topics around environment and sustainability. I went on to study further through distance learning and am currently doing a National Diploma in Nature Conservation through UNISA.”
Zikhona joined Thrive in Jan 2016 and currently holds the position of Local Food and Biodiversity Supervisor.
As Local Food supervisor, Zikhona works with schools and communities to establish environmentally sustainable gardens, using permaculture methods such as composting, worm farming, seed harvesting and sowing, mulching and drip irrigation.
As Biodiversity supervisor, Zikhona supervisors a team of clearers who work in the Baviaanskloof, clearing invasive vegetation in order to rehabilitate the natural fauna and flora of Hout Bay, in particular the fynbos.
“My passion is working in communities on education around issues that affect our livelihood and my wish is that one day there will be awakening within our society to realise that we need to stand together to fight inequalities, bring back inherent values and practices, and preserve our natural heritage,” says Zi.