Get to know the team: Zama Ndlovu
May 10, 2022
water sector desk
Get to know our new Water Sector Intern, Zama Ndlovu
What is your background expertise and how does it relate to your role here at GreenCape?
I am currently completing my MSc degree in Hydrology which is titled: Assessing and improving runoff and design flood estimation in urban areas using the ACRU and SCS-SA hydrological models.
My degree is an environmental science degree that encompasses some agricultural aspects as soil sciences and agro-meteorology were one of my electives during the course of my studies. However, my degree mainly focused on water sciences, integrated water resources management, environmental water quality, water resources policies, laws and institutions and water balance modelling which fits perfectly into the water sector at GreenCape.
What has been your favourite thing about GreenCape so far?
My impression of GreenCape is that it is filled with people who are producing a high calibre of work, which I am now glad to be a part of. The organisation has a wide range of expertise and the combination produces impeccable results in the form of engagements, projects and papers being published. The energy and atmosphere at GreenCape is ‘fresh and friendly’.
What project have you been working on as you start your role here at GreenCape?
I have been working on the UK PACT resilience analysis of the capital portfolio Project for the City of Cape Town. Working on this project has been an interesting introduction to GreenCape, and I am enjoying the interactions and engagements.
Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because I have a great passion for environmental studies, especially related to water. Without water there is no life, therefore I believe it is important to safeguard our water resources and find the best expertise to make well informed decisions on how to protect and manage water resources.
What impact do you hope to achieve?
I hope to have an impact at creating awareness and sharing knowledge about the topic of water, especially to the often neglected low income communities. I hope to get an opportunity to be involved in community engagement projects because the most significant movements and changes take place on the ground through in person interactions.
What do you get up to in your spare time?
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching informative documentaries, outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and canoeing as well as spending time with family and friends.