Stacy-Anne Michaels, a Nature Conservationist working for the City of Cape Town, in the Biodiversity Management branch of the Environmental Resource Management Department. She is based at Edith Stephens Nature Reserve, a seasonal wetland and a community nature reserve, in the South of Cape Town on the Cape Flats. They conserve Cape Flats Dune Strandveld and Sand Plain Fynbos vegetation types as well as the ecology within it.
Michaels core function is Environmental Education and Skills Development in the surrounding communities of Manenberg, Hanover Park, Gugulethu, Sweet Home and, the Philippi Horticultural Area. They work with existing community partners and strengthen their work in the environmental field.
Their site is unique as they also try to bridge the gap for the youth in these communities, by offering short skills development opportunities to ensure they have a good base level for job readiness. Some of these courses are, compiling your CV, basic computer skills, setting up an email, team building and dynamic sessions.
The aim at Edith Stephens is to skill and develop our communities to engage with the environment and learn the management thereof, by completing citizen science data recording on the environment surrounding them, and their local nature reserve.