Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I have been fundraising for the Bearded Vulture Project since I was 12. During this time with the project I have initiated the installation of cameras into the birds' nests and created an online portal so that sponsors can see 'their' bird live time in both video and stills. See video footage here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-qr7-d8cqw. I also built and designed their website (www.beardedvulture.co.za). For my work on the bearded vulture project I have won both international and national awards: the Eco-Hero Award from Action for Nature and the External Award of Excellency from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.
In an attempt to create a sustainable source of income for Four Elements I designed a sterling silver pendant of the Four Elements logo to sell. Together with Barrows we have designed an eco-friendly point of sale for the pendants which are currently being stocked in local game reserves.
In 2014 I wanted to create a transparent surfboard to allow surfers to see into the water, eliminating the fear of the unknown and creating a stronger bond between surfer and ocean. Instead of a completely transparent board myself and a surfboard shaper decided to simply create a window or viewing hole. I repurposed an old surfboard for the experiment and we created the Ocean Eye. See attached photos.
The Four Elements Ocean Challenge's aim is to raise funding for the Environmental Camp but also to raise awareness about ocean degradation. This was done by producing a feature film from both the 2014 and 2015 swims. I produced both of these films and together with the ocean challenges they have got created a media storm. See more of that here - http://www.fourelementsconservation.org/media.php. In addition to developing the Bearded Vulture Project's website, I built one for Four Elements (www.fourelementsconservation.org).
On a different note, when I served as a councillor on the Durban Youth Council in 2014 I organised a project called, Kindness is the Language. This project involved me getting the public involved with recording audio books for blind children in three different languages.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
I have worked closely with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife for the Bearded Vulture Project. My school has allowed me to present my ideas in a public forum and supported my environmental ventures. I was on the board of Synchronicity Earth as a youth advisor and they also encouraged my environmental initiatives. Philippa Hankinson has been an incredible mentor in supporting my ideas and giving invaluable insight. I Am Water Foundation have been instrumental in the development of my confidence. Durban Surf Life Saving Club have enthusiastically got on board with my Ocean Challenge projects and Lee van Niekerk from LIV Village has given me an opportunity to reach a previously disadvantaged group of youths who are keen to make change.