Trees4Travel is a ‘business for good’ that empowers planet and people positive travel and plants trees as you travel for the price of a coffee. They know there are many CO2 Offsetting programs out there, but they feel they’re a bit like throwing a coin into a wishing well, without really knowing what actually happens to that coin. Trees4Travel offers complete transparency and offers that connection between the traveller, their trees and their impact. Trees are tangible, understandable and affordable, something that we can all see, be proud of and watch grow. Their vision is for a travelling future where they continue to explore and experience our amazing world but with a slower, more thoughtful approach, whilst simultaneously planting trees, restoring ecosystems and maintaining those forests to remove CO2 from the air. This simple, yet powerful act, can and will help reverse climate change, creating a safe sustainable future planet. Trees4Travel works with future-minded travel companies calculating the impact of journeys by translating trips into trees, planting trees in developing countries to absorb CO2 emissions, helping to restore forests, biodiversity, and supporting local communities by enabling them to earn an income and lift themselves out of poverty. By planting trees in developing countries, we then also help to restore ecosystems, biodiversity and support local communities through the dignity of employment. Reforestation will help reverse climate change, but trees can sometimes be fragile and take time to grow, so to ensure they remove carbon emissions immediately, they always assign each tree with a share of a United Nations (CER) certified emissions' reduction where they simultaneously invest into renewable energy projects, essentially doubling their promise and backing up our CO2 removal claim. In addition, every tree comes with a share of an investment into United Nations certified renewable energy programs, further reducing emissions, creating climate positivity through sustainable, ethical, and regenerative action. Trees4Travel is part of the United Nations Environment Program; One Trillion Trees campaign and supports 13 of 17 UN global sustainability goals. Once the tree planting project is underway, they will update you on progress and to ensure that the forest continues to be well maintained, they will provide photography and video footage that they share with you, so you can see how the forest is growing.
Combating climate change and biodiversity loss by combining drone technology, artificial and data driven intelligence with our proprietary seed pod biotechnology. Reforestation and re-vegetation that is faster and cheaper than traditional manual planting practices. AirSeed Technologies is an innovative environmental restoration company created to increase carbon sequestration through global scale reforestation. Mapping plays an integral part in analyzing reforestation areas. It provides the necessary base map to analyze plant health, identify site specific plant species and create an optimum planting pattern. Ground Truthing allows image data to be related to real features and materials on the ground and aids the interpretation and analysis of the mapped data. Soil samples are analyzed for present nutrients, minerals and other such elements. Once identified, a soil specific carbon seed pod can then be manufactured. Our patented Seed pods are a low cost, low-impact solution to reforesting native species and provide several supplementary nutrients, minerals and other additions, all of which are necessary for developing seedlings but may not be available in abundance in the soil at a planting location. These unique advantages boost the growth rates of developing seedlings by delivering necessary elements directly to the root systems of the germinated seeds. The data collected is used to drive accurate flight plans that not only fly the drones, but also trigger the carbon seed pod and carbon pellet delivery systems at predefined GPS coordinates. The drone hoppers are loaded with the correct quantity of carbon seed pods for the respective planting area. Then, on command, the drones take off autonomously, flying the pre-programmed flight plan, executing the predefined planting pattern before landing. This automation results in a 25x faster process when compared with traditional manual planting methods. Post planting surveys play a very important part in their workflow. By re-mapping the planted areas after planting have taken place, and using powerful all-in-one-feature-extraction, classification, and change detection solutions that harness artificial intelligence and computer learning algorithms, they can detect change over time, count tree canopies and calculate biomass. This helps to accurately monitor and report growth rates and ultimately the success of the reforestation/re-vegetation project. AirSeed’s seed pod delivery systems are designed to be manufacturer agnostic, with heavy lift drone platforms offering stable GPS flight operations and a worldwide aftermarket network. AirSeed's specially designed drone Artemis can plant up to 40,000 Seed Pods a day and provides the ability to restore biodiversity at scale. They plant seed pods, not seedlings. AirSeed’s proprietary Seed Pod biotechnology is soil and species specific, nutrient and mineral rich and aids early-stage seedling growth. They help to rehabilitate the soil, increase soil carbon, there is no transplant shock. Nutrient rich pods boost early-stage growth.
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity. The UN Decade runs from 2021 through 2030, which is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timeline scientists have identified as the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change. The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed the UN Decade following a proposal for action by over 70 countries from all latitudes. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, The UN Decade is building a strong, broad-based global movement to ramp up restoration and put the world on track for a sustainable future. That will include building political momentum for restoration, as well as thousands of initiatives on the ground. Through communications, events and a dedicated web platform, the UN Decade will provide a hub for everyone interested in restoration to find projects, partners, funding and the knowledge they need to make their restoration efforts a success.
Anthology Woods quest is to be the easiest reclaimed wood company to work with both in design and construction phases. They offer the finest quality reclaimed and salvaged woods available. Anthology Woods keeps their commitments to your look, budget, and schedule, they'll provide the tools you need to be successful installing, finishing, and maintaining the look you want. With their sourcing network and products designed around their look, and projected availability of 3 years or longer for their standard products, the product you love today will be available tomorrow. Anthology Woods has designers on staff to help you select and tailor the right look for your project, and they help you write the specification. They sustainably source reclaimed and salvaged woods, avoiding harm to our planet and our fellow man. Anthology Woods, also offers information and guidance on their website to help you make informed decisions. They can supply and support your large projects - all they need is a little time to gather and mill just the right woods for you. Their team is composed of former contractors, designers, builders, creatives and entrepreneurs with more than three decades of industry experience working directly with architects, designers and contractors. They understand the challenges architects and designers have specifying products due to changing inventory, inadequate information and fluctuating prices and quality. Their team offers sophisticated customer service throughout the project, focused on your success. They’re here to deliver a quality-controlled product, unparalleled service and expert advice. To them, it's about the planet, the families and the future. And of course, their love of reclaimed wood.
We are a Washington DC-based nonprofit, established in 2001, committed to restoring, enhancing, and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital. To fulfill this mission, we plant trees, engage thousands of volunteers of all ages in tree planting and care, provide year-round continuing education courses, monitor the city’s tree canopy, develop interactive online tree tools and work with elected officials, developers, and community groups to protect and care for existing trees and to encourage the addition of new ones. The story of Washington DC’s trees extends back to our first President, George Washington, a tree-lover and accomplished horticulturalist who chose the city’s location and the man who originally designed it — Pierre L’Enfant. Planned to support a lush tree canopy with ample green spaces and tree-lined boulevards, DC still boasts more green space per capita than most major cities in the United States. Some consider DC the birthplace of arboriculture due to the tens of thousands of trees planted here in the 1800s, which earned DC its nickname, the “City of Trees.” Estimated to support approximately 50 percent tree canopy in 1950, DC’s canopy in 2001 declined to just over 35 percent. A Washington Post article chronicling this decline encouraged Betty Brown Casey, a longtime area resident, to establish Casey Trees in 2002 with its mission: “To restore, enhance, and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital.” Since then, Casey Trees has set a goal of attaining 40 percent canopy by 2032; planted over 30,000 trees; educated thousands of residents about the importance of urban tree canopy; supported the tree planting efforts of the DC Government, the National Parks Service, community groups and residents alike; inventoried and tracked the District’s tree resources to promote continued public funding for DC’s trees; advocated for green, tree-friendly development and similar pursuits. If you’re passionate about trees, sign up for a class, help us plant some trees in your neighborhood, or take advantage of the many volunteer opportunities we have available — it’s a lot of fun and a great way to meet people in the City of Trees.
At the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc., we believe that sustainable forests are critical to our collective future. SFI® is a sustainability leader through our work in standards, conservation, community, and education. As an independent, non-profit organization, we collaborate with our diverse network to provide solutions to local and global sustainability challenges. SFI works with the forest sector, brand owners, conservation groups, resource professionals, landowners, educators, local communities, Indigenous Peoples, governments, and universities. Sustainable Forestry Initiative mission is to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaboration. Our vision is a world that values and benefits from sustainably managed forests. The SFI staff is dedicated to creative and visionary approaches to addressing sustainability challenges in collaboration with partners and stakeholders. We believe that our organization is strengthened by our employees, who represent diverse cultures, disciplines, educational backgrounds, and work and life experiences. Sustainable Forestry Initiative is committed to a program of tangible actions and continuous improvement that embeds diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within our organization, across our standards, conservation, community and education pillars, and throughout our network. Sustainable Forestry Initiative is committed to building and promoting forest-focused collaborations rooted in recognition and respect for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge. We firmly believe that inclusive, collaborative approaches to policy, program and relationship development lead to real progress on the ground and a positive difference in people’s lives.
Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We are part of an international community dedicated to protecting the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We lead campaigns, provide resources and information, and drive real solutions to the environmental problems facing us all. We are committed to a peaceful and sustainable world based on societies living in harmony with nature. Each generation enjoying an environment that’s getting better; a safer climate, abundant nature, healthy air, water and food. A growing and diverse network of people coming together to transform our environment into one which is flourishing, sustainable, and socially just. Why choose good wood? We need wood for lots of stuff, from furniture to floorboards. It's natural and renewable, so it's often a better choice than alternatives like steel or plastics. But our demand for wood is having a devastating impact on the world's forests. Forests that give us everything from oxygen to medicines – and help combat climate change. Our good wood guide helps you choose wood from healthy sources, and avoid species at risk from extinction. And find alternatives to using new timber. Forests and woodlands aren't just magnificent to look at and walk around in. Trees are crucial for life on Earth – for food, water, air, medicine... as well as reducing climate change. Trees are our biggest natural allies against climate chaos. They remove pollutants from the atmosphere, and help clean the air we breathe. That's why we're petitioning the UK government to double tree cover in every region of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We want to encourage tree planting (right trees, right place), but also rewilding and lots of natural regeneration of our native trees.
I am a Zambian born, comes from a family of 8 and the youngest of the Mwila’s. My siblings always thought I was spoilt because I was the youngest, but I don’t think so! I was born in a town called Mufulira on the Copper belt side of Zambia in 1981,the Copper belt province is rich with mineral finds and Mines, hence the name. I am Married to Eric and we have a beautiful daughter called Chanda, she is 15 years. I completed my matric in 1999 and my mother advised me to study food production since I loved cooking, I did it for her though it was a course that I never dreamt of studying. I graduated successfully and worked for 2 years as a chef, got tired of cooking, I dodged that career and went into studying computers, worked as a receptionist and studied Human resources at the same time and obtained a diploma. I worked for a courier company as a Human Resources assistant. In 2012, I moved to South Africa, Cape Town when I got married, joined a Mobile Money company called Zoona with operations in Zambia, and I worked there for 5 years as a support agent. Zoona is an African Fintech company founded in 2009 with the vision of helping communities thrive. Since launching, it created over 2,500 jobs in Zambia and Malawi, empowered over 1,000 entrepreneurs to start their own business and allowed them to reach earnings of over $10 million. I enjoyed working for this company because we really helped girl child prevail. Apart from the above, I am a lover of interior designing, and my wish is to have one of the most successful Interior business one day, through my passion for interior, I designed my sister’s Kitchen area, how amazing!!! I love cooking and baking (especially Cake pops), they are my favorites!!! I love adventure, gardening and working out too, I am a gym freak. Most importantly, I love spending time with my loved ones. I reflect a varied personality, including ambition, and the qualities of generosity and thoughtfulness. I am also a well determined and vigorous individual, and yet calm. I encourage fighting for what you desire and believe in and doing it through God because nothing great comes easy. I believe mindfulness in the workplace is key to success. Having worked in Customer care I have gained extensive experience in; Empathy, Adaptability, Ability to Use Positive Language, Clear Communication Skills, Self-Control, Taking Responsibility and Patience.
I have four passions in life. My sport, family, work and God. Each I pursue with dogged determination to be better and to excel. The greatest blessing and experience in life is the privilege of life is having a loving and supporting wife and incredible children. My relationship with each of them is treasured above all. I am blessed in that I am healthy, enjoy the blessing of life and am extremely active. I am thrilled to be able to compete on the international stage for home and country. Success therein is just a cherry on top. Career and work has been an incredible experience. Knowing what I wanted to be early in high school and achieving such has brought about economic emancipation and a lifestyle I could only dream about as a little boy. I bask in the success and abilities given to me and the blessing poured out in great abundance.
I'm the family person, hard-working woman, a mom of a handsome boy, adventures and a God fearing woman. I worked at the Department of Health as an Administration Clerk for 5 years. We've opened an N.P.O Youth Initiative. We are developing youth in programs such as soccer, reading and our culture. We conduct awareness campaigns about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. We facilitate the formation of support groups. And I have passion in farming. We started poultry farming and rabbits and we are selling the eggs in our community. I've done short course in Financial Management at University of Forte at PFMA.
La Fundación Red de Árboles nace en Colombia en el año 2015 con el deseo de contribuir con la conservación de los distintos ecosistemas de la zona y ayudar a disminuir el impacto ambiental que se genera cada día. El principal objetivo de la fundación es plantar árboles en las zonas que se han visto más afectadas por la actividad humana y/o por desastres naturales. Hasta ahora, ya han plantado más de 70.000 árboles nativos en diferentes lugares de Colombia, tales como Medellín, Cali, Mosquera, Cota y Bogotá. La Fundación puede realizar estas actividades de reforestación gracias al apoyo de empresas y personas naturales que desean contribuir de alguna manera con el ecosistema. Entre los principales colaboradores de la Fundación destaca la empresa Grupo NW S.A.S., quienes donan un porcentaje de las ventas de sus productos a la siembra de árboles. La visión que motiva a la Fundación Red de Árboles es poder convertirse en una organización sin ánimo de lucro mundialmente reconocida por el fomento al respeto, cuidado y restauración de la naturaleza. Actualmente, la Fundación Red de Árboles está desarrollando proyectos en diferentes lugares aptos para la restauración y conservación de los ecosistemas. Estos puntos se caracterizan por ser de alta importancia ecológica y, a su vez, por su gran valor para la sociedad. Para la ejecución de estos trabajos, cuentan con diferentes modalidades de participación que ofrecen una oportunidad a quien quiera contribuir con esta noble causa, ya sea a nivel empresarial, como voluntario, siendo embajador o trabajando con el equipo. Entre los servicios que la Fundación pone a disposición se encuentra la siembra de árboles, la modalidad de adoptar un árbol, la realización de seguimientos a las siembras, mantenimiento, e incluso ofrecen convenios empresariales a empresas que estén interesadas en donar de forma recurrente un porcentaje de sus ingresos, con el fin de apoyar la reforestación de los ecosistemas. La metodología que utilizan para desarrollar nuevos proyectos de reforestación consiste en realizar una visita técnica para conocer las condiciones topográficas y climáticas del lugar, con el fin de escoger el diseño de siembra y las especies forestales más adecuadas. Luego de la jornada de plantación, se toman los datos correspondientes a las características de las especies plantadas, es decir, coordenadas, altura, diámetro DAP y estado fitosanitario que permite hacer un correcto seguimiento de las plántulas. Para poder llevar a cabo este seguimiento, la Fundación Red de Árboles cuenta con un software que se encarga de llevar el control y la logística de las compensaciones forestales, en el que se incluye la topografía, la temperatura, el diseño de siembra, el número de árboles plantados, monitoreo, georeferenciación y foto de cada plántula. "Plantar un árbol es crear vida, hacer historia, formar ilusiones… Es la búsqueda de una sociedad más consciente y un planeta para todos." Fundación Red de Árboles
One Tree Planted is an environmentally conscious non-profit that provides individuals, businesses and organizations the ability to easily support tree planting initiatives worldwide.We want to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Together we can restore forests, create habitat for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact around the world. We plant one tree with every dollar donated. Since 2014, we have more than doubled the number of trees planted each year, and are working with partners across 43+ countries in North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. Since our establishment, we have been dedicated to making it easier for both individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity, and help reforestation efforts. With your support, we aid in environmental conservation and restoration across the globe!
At Trees That Count we love trees. But not just any old trees, Aotearoa’s special native trees. We’re a conservation charity bringing together business, community and everyday Kiwis, with the vision of helping plant millions of native trees across the country. Every single tree counts, so whether you’re planting one native tree in your backyard, hundreds in your community or thousands on a farm we want to know! By counting the native trees which are planted each year we can monitor and measure the positive impact of the work we are all doing to improve the environment. There's so much more to do though. We're making it easy for New Zealanders to collectively help plant millions more native trees through our marketplace, which matches funded and gifted trees to incredible planting groups around the country looking for support. The Trees That Count marketplace provides a place for all New Zealanders to fund or gift native trees. This support is matched with planters throughout the country who are restoring, and growing, precious wildlife corridors or pockets of native forest, turning small projects into mighty ones.
The Urban Tree Foundation provides services and programs to benefit the urban forest throughout California. Our focus is planting and maintaining street trees in Visalia, California. With roots reaching back to 1999 The Urban Tree Foundation was established with the intent of promoting and preserving our collective urban forestry heritage. From its inception the Urban Tree Foundation has been dedicated to providing assistance to communities in becoming active partners in the planting and maintenance of their urban forests. In addition to working with State and Federal agencies to acquire funding for local projects the Urban Tree Foundation works with local communities and municipalities in designing projects to benefit all.
Born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and I am currently living in South Africa at Cape Town for seven years. I am single from now and busy shaping my programming skills and IT knowledge at Cape Peninsula university of technology (CPUT). I am a software developer, I am always keen to discover and learn about new technology and invention in IT world, I have a good understanding of programming languages, internet cloud services and Desktop support CompTIA A+. I am a self-motivated person, reliable, determined, very skilful in communication, fast learner with an open mind to expose myself into new world and concept. Live is a journey about challenges and discovering that’s why I am always ready to face new challenge in technology and software world. I really like to play guitar and read books about science and others because knowledge for me is one of the keys to open doors, make a difference and discovering new area in live.
My name is Noxolo Femele and I'm 42 years old and I have 2 kids both are girls age 17 and 13. I worked for 43 Air School as a Receptionist for the past 5 year and while I was there I used to help out at the Admin area and at Marketing department. And that's where I got the interested on becoming 1 of the Managers. But unfortunately we got retrenched. Then I went and work at Lendcor group for 1 year 6 months same we got retrenched. That's where I decided to start my small business just to put food on the table until now but things are not doing well due to covid19.
I am a God fearing individual, and I’m also a father to two beautiful kids, a boy and a girl. I worked for Tekkie Town as a Sales Assistant, and I was chosen as the best Sales person for the entire Mpumalanga province. I also worked for the Department of agriculture as a Data capture. I have a passion for sports, football is one of my favourites and one day I wish I can own a soccer team. While I was in high school, I always wanted to be a lawyer, but due to financial constraints, I could not become one. My interest in the justice system came when I realised that the late former president Mr Nelson Mandela was also a lawyer representing his people. I wish one day I could give back to my community and its people because my community gave us the likes of the late Steve Bantu Biko, one of the BCM Members who fought for the people of South Africa. My community is one of the underdeveloped communities of this country, but I know that one day all of this will change because I know that with education anything is possible. When a child is educated, communities will change for the better and if one community changes, then our country will change for the better as well and poverty will be no more. Education topped with one’s perseverance is the key to a bright future for all. With this pandemic people have lost their jobs and in some households you find that no one is working and people resort to drugs and alcohol, some get depressed to a point of taking their own lives. If we can start developing jobs for people, our continent would become a better place for us all. Being part of an initiative that supports the empowerment of those less privileged is one of my greatest wishes. I will be glad if all my wishes do come through because nothing is as important as education and hard work, and an educated country means a better world for us all.
I am Elnet Girly Ndlovu. I am 29 years old. I was born and raised in Mpumalanga, South Africa. I graduated from high school in the year 2012 and am currently studying for a higher certificate in economics and management sciences through the university of South Africa. I have also obtained a certificate in business administration and Computer literacy, of which I seek to study further to do entrepreneurship. I began my career as a customer service representative in 2014. Naturally, I have a growth mindset that enables me to grow and to help me by learning from mistakes to improve myself continually. I am kind, loving, caring and a person who is full of empathy often. I am a go-getter, positive, bubbly person who loves a positive fun filled environment. I am self-motivated and also enjoy motivating my team members. I work well in a team or individually. I am passionate about education, uplifting others, entrepreneurship and making a better society for the future generation to come while walking the journey of self-discovery I have more than four years experience in customer service and administration combined with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Administrative Assistance, Meeting Scheduling, Executive Support. I have excellent interpersonal skills, I am also a fast learner and adapt quickly to a new environment My hobbies are reading books, listening to music, walking and learning new things.
Since 1980, IAMOE has led research programs, educational expeditions, and experiential workshops in a tireless effort to protect the rainforest and preserve the interaction between indigenous people and plants for the benefit of humanity and all living creatures on earth. We aim to protect and preserve the ancient knowledge, traditions, and natural habitat of the Amazon by creating experiential learning opportunities for people to connect with themselves, humanity, nature, and spirit through talks, workshops, and projects in collaboration with local indigenous people. Forty years ago, Dr Rocio Alarcon was a dedicated field researcher who studied biodiversity in the rainforest. She (and her colleagues) slept in tents in the middle of the jungle. Despite their enthusiasm for the work they loved so much, they eventually grew tired of the harsh living conditions. They dreamed of buying land where they could establish a functional center from which to live and work. Rocio found a very special piece of land in the forest and negotiated its purchase from the local owner. Together with a group of friends, they purchased the property and transformed the infrastructure into the IAMOE Centre. It has always been Rocio’s dream to interact with different indigenous tribes and produce data for science. She is fascinated by how tribes survive in the jungle and interact with plants, and recognizes the anthropological value of this information. From the IAMOE Centre, she has initiated and supported many conservation projects and initiatives. To this day, she continues to study the uses of plants in a variety of ways that benefits mankind, and regularly hosts workshops at the Centre to share her knowledge and wisdom with the world.
My name is Glorymar Hernandez, but I prefer to be called “Glory”. I was born in the capital of Venezuela, Caracas, and grew up amid the crowds of the city, the tranquility of the Andean mountains and the joy of the Caribbean coast. A mixture that has taught me to enjoy wherever I am, that aroused my curiosity to know the world, and that has helped me to adapt, with relative ease, to changes. I have a degree in Philosophy, my research works are in Philosophy of Language. Since 2019 I have been working as a Spanish teacher. I decided to start teaching my mother tongue thanks to my experience learning other languages. I had the opportunity to live for a year in Ireland, where I went to learn English and, currently, I am in Italy, where I have had the opportunity to learn Italian. These experiences allowed me to realize that, although seeking perfection when trying to “speak like a native” is the ideal, what really matters is being able to communicate, make ourselves understood and be open to the experience of knowing other cultures and understand that there are many different points of view. Professionally, I have had the opportunity to work in different contexts such as banking, outsourcing consular procedures, and teaching at university level. The biggest lesson I learned from these experiences is that I am not an office person. I prefer to own my time and have the freedom to work wherever I am. For this reason, I have decided to dedicate myself to teaching Spanish online and to enter the digital world. I consider myself a very curious and versatile person, that is why in my free time I enjoy handcrafting (such as sewing or knitting), volunteering, being in contact with nature, and trying to learn new things, like playing the guitar. Regarding my geographical preferences, the beach and the mountains are my main refuges, because I can escape from the noise of the city and connect with myself. That is why I would like to be able to live with my husband on a mountain, not far from the sea.
I’m Toni-Leigh, born and bred in the Mother City of Cape Town. My fiancé and I, are parents to a lively 2-year old girl who arrived 5 years after losing our 3-year old son to a rare genetic disease. I love learning new things. Growing up, I was a voracious reader, reading anything and everything (even the classifieds and property ads) and with the advancement of technology over the years, I can have information at the tip of my fingers, so I’m always eager to learn new things and I’m a fast learner. I’ve always had an interest in Information Technology and was the go-to person in my office before my colleagues would go to the IT office, and now I’m looking into further studies so that I can develop my knowledge and skills. In 2005 I graduated from Varsity College with a Diploma in Travel and Tourism with aspirations of travelling worldwide in my profession. Things didn’t quite work out that way, having worked in retail and a company assisting young people to live and work in the UK. In the last decade or so, I’ve been in the tourism industry behind the scenes, working for an online holiday accommodation booking agency and more recently a company that does tours and safaris in Southern Africa. I also do freelance work remotely, such as, captioning for a speech-to-text service and social media evaluation. I am an introvert but enjoy working with and being in the company of others, while also enjoying being on my own. In the past I used to view being an introvert as a weakness because those higher up in the ranks of the companies I worked for were extroverted but in recent times I realised how much of a strength it is being an introvert as I also have a strong sense of empathy, which I believe is key in Customer Service and building interpersonal relationships with colleagues and clients. I’m passionate about customer service and going the extra mile and l love that feeling of knowing that I’ve made a difference in someone’s day whether big or small. People tend to describe me as hardworking, punctual, efficient, dependable and trustworthy. Covid-19 affected the tourism industry drastically, however, I still want to travel anywhere I can, just soaking up the different cultures and experiences. The last year has been both challenging and rewarding and it has made me see things in a different light and so it has been somewhat of a new beginning for me. I am motivated now more than ever to seek out new passions and adventures and to get out of my comfort zone.
Wamkelekile (‘Welcome’ in isiXhosa) to one and all! My name is Iman Martin – ‘Iman’ having both Arabic and African meanings for ‘faith’. Just like my name, I come from a multicultural background: my mom has Indian and Malaysian origins, while my dad is from the Griqua people/clan in South Africa. In the same vein, I am a Muslim and have Christian relatives with who I am very close. It is because of my diverse background that I feel I was raised to be both tolerant and respectful towards those that are of a different culture, religion, or ethnicity. Cape Town has been the only home I know, and I’ve never ventured far out of it. I do however envision myself travelling to different parts of the world a few years from now. I am passionate about women’s empowerment and women having the choice to choose for themselves! I have recently graduated from the University of Cape Town, with a Bachelor of Social Work (Psychology Major) and placed on the Dean’s Merit List, awarded for consistent academic achievement. Through hard work and perseverance, I was fortunate to have received a scholarship from the Department of Social Development for three of my four years of study. My mini-thesis explored the experiences and challenges of 1st-year students at UCT adjusting to university. Studying social work has not only allowed me to better understand those around me and their thought processes but also, to better understand myself and the possible reasons why I am the way I am. As part of my course requirements, I had to complete field practicals – by putting the theory that I was learning in class to practice in a real-world environment. My field practice experience ranged along a spectrum: from providing social work services to underprivileged youth in a primary school in Bonteheuwel, to interning in the more affluent area of Upper Wynberg, at an international school. This experience further fostered my innate empathy and non-judgemental outlook for those around me. I am someone who is not afraid to get my hands dirty, work hard and help out where I can: currently job hunting, I have occasionally been helping my father with renovations to his property that include painting, plastering, applying putty, etc. This has taught me many practical things that I hope to apply when I own my own house one day. A few months before now, I worked as a Personal Assistant to a therapist and social worker. This was a remote job that taught me valuable organisation and time-management skills. In my early years of study, I found myself working a sales assistant job at the Robben Island Museum Gateway store, and found that my favourite part of the job was interacting with the different tourists that happened upon our humble store and hearing their stories – where they were from and why they decided to visit SA, etc. I love reading, and since a young age, I’ve been considered a bookworm. I mainly enjoy supernatural and sci-fi novels and webcomics, as well as other forms of content such as newspaper and magazine articles (need to know what’s happening in the world around me). English was also my favourite subject at school, and I think this was also encouraged by my English-teacher mother who was quick to correct any incorrect grammar and pronunciation when my siblings and I spoke incorrectly. I often assisted her in marking her learners’ English examination scripts and as a result, am quick to pick up on spelling or grammatical errors. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, long walks with my dog Ninja, and photography. This has led me to submit a piece that is currently being exhibited at the Zeits Mocca Art Museum, in their long-running ‘Home is Where The Art Is’ exhibition. Furthermore, my faith has given me strength through the darkest times and taught me to be tolerant and understanding of those around me. I am still very much figuring life and myself out as I go along and am always open to learning from those around me.
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” A Japanese proverb close to my heart. It has helped me persevere in so many situations in life and those situations have molded me into the woman I am today. Here’s a brief introduction to who I am. I am a new mommy to an adorable baby boy. A jack of all trades. I’m an artist at heart, fitness enthusiast, avid reader, and quite academic. I was born on the 9th of August in the year 1996 in Elim, a small village in the Limpopo Province. I grew up in Johannesburg and later moved to Pretoria in 2006 when I was in Grade 4, where I completed the rest of my school career. I have always been one to participate in almost every extra-mural activity since my primary school years, I played softball, hockey, and cricket. I took part in cross-country and district athletics to name a few. My love for sports made me gravitate towards what I currently do part-time, I train on a regular basis, and I am a wellness coach and a distributor for a prominent nutrition brand. A large part of what I do involves helping people correct their nutrition and learn more about the benefits of healthy eating so that they can lead a healthier lifestyle and feel great while they are at it. I have been involved in various projects that involved giving back to those in need. I have been involved with an initiative called Feed a Homeless Homie, where we made food for the homeless and distributed it at least one weekend a month, I also helped a friend of mine with a pads drive for less fortunate girls, I also give clothes to homeless shelters for women and children whenever I can and I worked with an NGO known as Keep That Gold Shining (KTG) where we tutored young kids in high schools in the townships. I am a philanthropist at heart and believe that even the smallest contribution goes a long way. As mentioned I am also an artist, mostly self-taught. I do painting on commission as well as pencil sketching. I do not have a specific style as yet but most of my work features women from different walks of life. I would like to collaborate with more artists in the future and have exhibitions. I try to read at least one book a month. My favorite writers have always been James Patterson and Dan Brown however I recently branched out to other genres besides suspense and thrillers. Some of my latest reads are: • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki • Atomic Habits by James Clear • The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho • Half of a yellow sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie • No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe I can speak at least 6 of the 11 official languages, I am fairly tech-savvy. I am a quick learner, always willing to pick up a new skill. Life has thrown several curve balls at me and I never backed down. I strongly believe in working hard and not giving up on anything I do. My name means ‘Be Strong’, that is who I am!
Rome wasn't built in a day. I’m of a very friendly nature and love to be with people who aren’t selfish. I am ambitious and will do anything to achieve my aim - "The Universe applauds action not thought" I’m of a very adventurous nature and love to find good in everything I see. There are many things that make us depressed or upset, but that doesn’t mean that we stop living. You dust yourself off, honor the difficult times for the lesson it taught you, and walk away stronger and wiser. Independence and confidence were key in my life from a young age with venturing to the UK straight after school, and eventually ending up in Cape Town as my dream destination to live a happy balanced life where beautiful sunsets are part of your everyday life, and reminds you that dreams do come true. My professional life started as a labourer painting parks in the dire UK winter weather to Insurance consultant for a huge corporate company. Getting to know me over time it became clear that I adapt quickly and take pride in everything I do as I strive to leave everything and everyone better than you found them. Covid19 and the drastic changes that came with it has been the most challenging and rewarding time of my life. With a system that failed us all in so many ways, living a financially stable life is nearly impossible but forced me to get grounded with nature and realize that the best things in life are truly free. My senses for nature, animals, and my overall humility enhanced drastically. We are all just reminded once again that nothing ever goes as planned and that losing everything including your mind might be necessary to make you realize what a strong, resilient, and galactic species we truly are. Realizing this, I am now more than ever ready to spread love and kindness whilst challenging myself with new adventures that push me out of my comfort zone. There is no other time than the present that truly matters. And in this moment I am excited to change my reality and the lives of those around me.
Let's get to know Wandisile Mboxela was born in Cape Town, I’m the last born of four siblings parents background from the beautiful province of the Eastern Cape in Alice, My background was very poor parents had to move to Cape Town where all four siblings born. All my primary education, higher education done here in Cape Town, while was at school developed love for Sport, now I’m applying that love for sport to the young kids in my community keep them out of trouble, we grow up with a lot of trouble in my community now trying to chase that away, to build bright future to the young people by involving them in sport education activities, sport and education goes together if you want to build better future for others. Coming from where I came from hard work pays, I was offered a Learnership qualification which introduced me to corporate world quite extensively. Good written and verbal communication skills in at least two of three official languages of the Western Cape, problem solving and conflict management with good planning and organizational skills, ability to handle information as confidential and good interpersonal skills, to contribute and become part of a successful organization that motivate its employees to utilize their skill and talent effectively and efficiently, the knowledge and skills which I acquired over that period of time equipped me for future positions. I am a hard working individual, and eager to learn, I was recently employed due to covid19 company layoff some staff. I was employed as Accounts Controller at Tourvest Travel Service and this involves extensive client interaction. Deliver an effective admin support service to staff and clients, communicate with suppliers regarding outstandings, verbally, via mail and telephonically. I have highly knowledge of Tourism and Hospitality which I achieved through Theta, Tourism Hospitality and Sport Education Training Authority. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change, and I’m looking forward to be the part and the future of ZaGenie Thank you…