CAREERS IN CONSERVATION – Sibongakonke Ngogodo

Sibongakonke is the Wildlife and Law Project Officer with the EWT’s Wildlife in Trade Programme. Here is a little bit about Sibongakonke’s journey to a career in conservation.

Job title:  Wildlife and Law Project Officer

What do you do in your day-day work?  I am primarily responsible for maintaining the EWT LAWS website, enhancing environmental governance within South Africa, and raising awareness on regulatory frameworks. I also engage in research, analyse, and provide recommendations on legal frameworks, and draft legislation and policies. Furthermore, I stay abreast of global developments impacting wildlife and environmental law collaborating closely with the Wildlife and Law Senior Project Manager.

Location:  Johannesburg, Gauteng

Where did you grow up?   Cape Town, Western Cape

What are your hobbies/things you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends, participating in park runs, indulging in brunches, reading, and exploring different local markets.

Any pets?  None

Favourite animal and why:   I love Elephants! I love their gentleness, as well as their strong and valued sense of family unity, their compassionate nature resonates with me.

Favourite food?  Paella

Pet peeve? People who chew loudly and people who eat with their mouths open.

Why did you want to work for the EWT? I was drawn to the EWT by the opportunity it presents to passionately apply my expertise in environmental law to the vital cause of wildlife conservation. Being a part of this organization allows me to actively shape policies that safeguard endangered species, contributing positively to our planet’s biodiversity and ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.

What excites you about this new position?  What excites me about this new position is the prospect of being directly involved in impactful conservation efforts where I can leverage my expertise in environmental law to make a tangible difference in protecting endangered wildlife.

What are you passionate about?  My passion lies in environmental conservation which is fuelled by a dedication to ensuring intergenerational equity and preserving the planet for the well-being of future generations.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received, and who did it come from?  “Every challenge, no matter its difficulty, Is always an opportunity for growth and learning” This encouraging advice from my Mum has always kept me motivated and inspired to flourish and thrive in any environment.

What is your go-to feel-good song?  The Soul Cafe – Kaylow