Young South African Professionals Make an Impact in Water, Sanitation, and Beyond

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South Africa is known for its trailblazers in various fields, and two young professionals are no exception. Awodwa Magingi and Luvuyo Jalisa have made significant contributions to their respective areas of expertise, earning recognition in the 2023 Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans list.

Awodwa Magingi: Geohydrologist and Advocate for Equality

Awodwa Magingi has forged a path in geohydrology by developing policies, strategies, and guidelines for managing South Africa’s groundwater resources. While her field is known for being highly specialized, Magingi has found ways to make her work accessible and relevant to broader social issues. She has dedicated her career to creating a safer environment for women and children, advocating for employment opportunities to reduce crime, and promoting equality for all.

Luvuyo Jalisa: Policy Specialist and Advocate for Youth in Government

Luvuyo Jalisa is the youngest policy specialist in the Department of Water and Sanitation, and his accomplishments are a testament to the potential of young people in government. He believes that young professionals like himself are critical to steering the government towards a better future, and that they should be appointed in senior positions to contribute to the nation’s progress. Jalisa’s educational background is impressive, with a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Johannesburg. He contributes his expertise in water and sanitation by sitting on various reference groups and steering committees.

Working Towards a Brighter Future for South Africa

The Department of Water and Sanitation recognizes the importance of working with young professionals like Magingi and Jalisa to improve and enhance the delivery of water and sanitation services in South Africa. These two inspiring individuals serve as examples of the potential for change and progress that lies within the country’s youth. Their recognition in the 2023 Mail and Guardian’s list solidifies the fact that South Africa is brimming with potential, as long as it continues to nurture and support the dreams and aspirations of its young professionals.

The Power of Dedication and Hard Work

Magingi and Jalisa’s achievements are not only a testament to their individual capabilities, but also to the power of dedication and hard work. As South Africa continues to face challenges in the realms of water, sanitation, and socio-economic development, the nation can take solace in knowing that there are passionate and driven young professionals like Magingi and Jalisa working tirelessly to bring about positive change.

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