Experience: Mpho Nenweli is an experienced Geographer and Environmentalist with extensive experience on EIAs for Eskom Transmission Powerlines (maximum line done is 800 kilometers for the Northern Alignment). He began his career as a Supplemental Instructor at Vista University in 1998. In 2001 he joined KNA Consulting Engineers as an Environmentalist responsible for compiling EIA applications. In 2003 he was employed by the Western Cape Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning as an Environmental Officer, handling EIA reviews for, inter alia, dams, roads, petrol stations, cellular masts, wine cellars, shopping centers, residential areas, etc., and was promoted to the position of Senior Environmental Officer in 2003. He became Assistant Director in the National Department of Social Development in 2004.
In 2005, he became Deputy Director: Local Integrated Development Planning in the National Department of Social Development. He later became Deputy Director: International Population Affairs, where he was involved in, inter alia, facilitating and managing the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of South African international strategy on population development. He also worked for two-and-a-half years as the Programme Manager for Environment and Energy for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa. He has managed programmes on biodiversity conservation, alien vegetation clearing, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, international waters, capacity building gender and climate change and wind energy. The projects were worth hundreds of millions of rands and involved reporting to the South African government and the United Nations Development Programme headquarters in New York. He worked with several government departments and entities, including National Department of Environmental Affairs, National Department of Transport, South African National Parks Board and the South Africa National Biodiversity Institute. He has been a member of the UNDP Small Grants Programme Steering Committee since 2009, disbursing hundreds of millions of rands to community projects nationally for biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and clearing of persistentorganic pollutants and alien vegetation. These projects are driven by non- profit organizations, non-governmental organizations and cooperatives. Mpho has also managed vegetation management projects worth millions of rands for the Eskom Limpopo Operating Unit (2013-2014) and PRASA (Metrorail Western Region).
Experience: Sekinah has extensive experience teaching in primary schools as well as in the field of research. She worked as a teacher at Futuready Primary School for 3 years and as a part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria for 5 years. She also worked as a research assistant on a number of projects at the University of Pretoria, such as:Joint Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology, South Africa Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD) Research Project: Immigrant Student Identity within South African Schools, Centre for Evaluation and Assessment, Research Project (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).She worked at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) from 2007 to 2009 as a research trainee. From 2009 to May 2010, she worked at Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS) as a communication researcher. From June 2010 to December 2012 she served the Gauteng Provincial Legislature as a Researcher for the Education Portfolio Committee. She has also presented a number research papers nationally and internationally.