Noxolo Sidzumo holds a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Nature Conservation obtained from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). She has more than nine years of experience in Coastal Nature Reserve Management and thirteen years in the field of Urban Biodiversity Conservation.
She currently works as a Reserve Supervisor at Macassar Dunes Conservation Area, which is an extension of Wolfgat Nature Reserve under the Biodiversity Management Branch of the City of Cape Town. The Macassar Dunes Conservation Area is situated on the False Bay coastline, adjacent to Khayelitsha and Macassar communities. Her duties include ensuring that the biodiversity of MDCA is conserved and liaising with different stakeholders from the surrounding communities. Her focus is to create and promote awareness on the importance of conserving this section of the coast.
She would like to see the MDCA safer and the surrounding communities taking ownership of it. She believes the future of conservation in areas like MDCA is through extensive community collaborations and allowing people to access it for their spiritual and cultural beliefs. Going forward I would like to increase my engagement with Sangoma’s, Rastafarians and church groups utilising the area so that we can work together in dealing with the challenges that MDCA faces.