Zakhe Dlamini

Zakhe Dlamini

GIS Coordinator, Eswatini National Trust Commission, Eswatini


I lived my childhood in a rural setup of Ntchisi, Central Malawi and grew with the ambition to get a better education that would see me living a better life than ordinary villager. My passion for nature prompted me to study Biology when I went to Chancellor College, University of Malawi and thereafter I joined Department of National Parks and Wildlife in 2005. I gained a lot experience community extension at my first work place, Liwonde National Park.

My first managerial position was the Park Manager at Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in 2013 where I was responsible for coordinating park activities mostly on law enforcement, communities and research while dealing with a range of challenges. In 2015, I received the government scholarship to study Master of Science in Natural Resourced and Environmental Management at Mae Fah Luang Univeristy in Thailand where I focused on Ecosystem Services and Remote Sensing.

Heading one of the four Wildlife Divisions, Lowershire Division based at Lengwe National Park has increased my responsibilities. I have the overall responsibility for 2 protected areas, a nature sanctuary, a problem animal control office as well as 2 border offices that deals with wildlife crime and illegal trade with over 100 officers. This is associated with crucial tasks while collaborating with various institutions. My tasks become easier while working with committed officers and supportive superiors that includes the Director.