Concern for the African ecosystem is back on the front burner as two ecologists feature on the Changemakers series of African Voices, a magazine programme of the Cable News Network (CNN) sponsored by digital transformation leader, Globacom.
While Albert Ndereki who is from Botswana deals with ecotourism under the aegis of Chobe Game Lodge, to which he has dedicated more than 40 years of his life, Frances Taylor is a South African ecologist at the Communitree.
Ndereki is respected as one of the longest-serving members of the Botswana tourism industry from where he was one of the builders of the Game Lodge in 1971. Reputed as the encyclopaedia of tourism in his country, he manages the lodge’s iconic ecotourism facilities which include a bio-gas plant, massive water-treatment plants, solar-powered safari boats and a recycling plant where cans and glass bottles are crushed to make building bricks.
He has successfully mentored young Botswanas from the country’s local communities to be responsible and diligent while nurturing the environment with the instrument of ecotourism.
Taylor is a co-founder of Communitree, a non-profit urban greening organisation domiciled in Cape Town, South Africa which has the mandate to re-green the city with gardens and trees. The organisation engages in the conversion of overgrown or abandoned public spaces including parks, sidewalks and traffic junctions into indigenous and colourful fynbos gardens.