Nobusika Makeleni

Nobusika Makeleni

Reserve Manager, Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency


Nobusika was born in Qumbu in the Eastern Cape where she is currently the Reserve Manager of the ECPTA’s Ndluli-Luchaba Nature Reserve in Mthatha. She values her religious background and cherishes her children and she has pursued her education with motivated enthusiasm. After matriculating in 2000 from a rural school in her home village, Nobusika went on to attain her BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Transkei in 2004, and her honours degree from the Walter Sisulu University in 2005. She specialised in socio-economic development studies in relation to sustainable marine life resources. 

In 2006, Nobusika joined the Marine and Coastal Management (Department of Environmental Affairs, Cape Town) as a Senior Environmental Officer advocating for proper management of Marine Protected Areas in South Africa. She has enjoyed the opportunity to work with coastal communities and help educate on the sustainable use of marine resources. 

Driven by her passion, Nobusika transferred to the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation, based in Pretoria. As an Assistant Director, she specialised in drafting environmental legislation specifically for the proper administration of South African Protected Areas. Alongside her work, she has attended a number of short courses aimed at enhancing her knowledge in the environmental management field.

After eight years of working for the Department of Environmental Affairs, Nobusika had to move back to the Eastern Cape to join her family. Consequently, she was employed by the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency as a Reserve Manager at East London Coast Nature Reserve and Amathole Marine Protected Area and is currently managing Ndluli-Luchaba Nature Reserves. After seven years in a management role, it is clear that Nobusika is passionate about the environment and enjoys working with people.