Tumi Ndaba

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Higher Certificate in Nature Conservation Student from Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserve

Fire Fighter turned Field Ranger, creating awareness in her community.

“When I go back to my community, I want to be able to spread awareness about nature conservation and tell people why it is important to protect our natural assets. I hope to grow my understanding of conservation and biodiversity management through my enrolment at the Southern African Wildlife College and become Reserve Manager one day.” 

Tumi grew up and attended school in Cwebe on South Africa’s Wild Coast, and today she is employed in the Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserve as a Field Ranger, where she works to conserve the natural environment that has always been on her doorstep. It was shortly after finishing high school that Tumi began working to conserve nature. Her introduction to the field was through Working on Fire where she became a veld and forest fire fighter, trained in fire management planning, fire detection, prevention, suppression, and creating community fire awareness. It wasn’t long before Tumi moved up the ranks and became a crew leader in her second year at Working on Fire, proving her dedication and commitment to her training and her role. In 2014, she joined the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency where she is now employed as a Field Ranger responsible for ensuring that all areas of the Dwesa Nature Reserve are secure.

As a life-long member of her local community, Tumi has the ability to lead by example through her career in conservation, passing on the knowledge she has gained thus far in her career and creating environmental awareness.

Tumi requires support towards the R75 000 needed for her bursary. This is an amount that she does not have access to personally, which is why the SAWC as a non-profit organisation is calling upon a network of donors and supporters to help raise these funds. By donating any amount, large or small, you are playing a crucial role in helping Tumi receive the best possible training for her career in conservation.

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