The Team

The Team

Naome Rabothata ~ Environmental Education Facilitator and Centre Administrator


I started working at JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre in 2005. I like working with kids and to see their faces light up when they have made a discovery.  Environmental education is learning whilst having fun, which we love to call ‘edutainment ‘. This is what I like about my work, having fun while working. If I could I would recommend this as a career to everyone. What the future holds for the centre and me is unknown,  but I am looking forward to unfolding the unknown.


Solomon Kutamela ~ Environmental Education Facilitator


I work as an Environmental education facilitator. I love my work because I get to inform learners and the community, and teach them about the environment and even the community. I would like to see the centre growing and changing its status from being NPF to being a fully fledge organisation which can have more permanent staff and be able to take care of places near Pretoria and also enable people.  “Man has to eat you know.”


Jabu Madzela~ Environmental Education Facilitator & Community Liaison Officer


I’m very calm and I feel very fortunate to be working here. I have learned a great deal working as an environmental education facilitator and as a community liaison officer focused on community projects. People who speak their minds and stay true to themselves divinely move me, and I believe in doing good in someone’s life every day. My dream is to see our centre facilitating a number of project in the community that I could run and manage. Life its good we all have an obligation to make it better


Given Maluleke ~ Environmental Education Facilitator


I completed Bsc graduate in community water services and sanitation at the University of Limpopo and work as an Environmental Education Facilitator. I educate learners from Mamelodi schools on Biodiversity; Energy, Water and Waste programmes for grade R’s to grade12s. What I love about this project is that I am able to teach about the importance of the environment, as I believe that future generations need to respect and take care of Mother Earth. I have great passion for I do and I enjoy it tremendously.


Silence Chauke ~ Groundsman


I joined the JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre to assist in the maintenance and development of the Permaculture garden. I like working with my team and enjoy gaining new knowledge and skills to make the garden work better and be more beautiful.


Eugenie Novellie ~ Curriculum Support


My job is to develop school programmes. I think that high school learners are most interesting as they are on the doorstep of their future careers. Here at WSEC all our school programmes, club activities and fun outings have a strong focus on the environment and sustainable living. These are the tools needed for the future!


Christa van Schalkwyk ~ Centre Manager


I have a great appreciation of the Biodiversity of our country.  I love to work at the centre, because it is a little spot in this country where I can work from to make a difference. I am here to work towards positive changes for the community, where we can strike a balance between social development and conserving our natural heritage on which we all depend on for a living.  This can only be possible through education and by empowering people to be actively involved in building a better future.  The future for me is a place where all life on the earth can benefit.