The ‘traditional’ attitudes of underground miners and mine managers regarding safety in underground mining with a view to curbing mining fatalities and injuries
Tholakele has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Sociology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and a Certificate in Copy-Editing from the University of Cape Town. She is currently studying towards an Honours degree in Sociology at the University of South Africa.
Tholakele is a strategic, goal-oriented, hardworking creative with a media
and communications background spanning over five years in South Africa’s non-governmental organisation sector.
Tholakele is passionate about research, education, human rights and exploring creative means to empower people of colour. In 2013, she served as a communications officer for Urban Earth, where she managed and produced overall content for a bilingual climate change platform. The content she produced contributed to creating awareness of climate change impacts in Durban. In 2015, she joined the award-winning team at Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism as a Fellow and was later promoted to project manager of the #MineAlert digital tool.
As project manager she has created an online hub used by researchers, decision-makers, journalists, and mining-affected communities to access information, realise social and environmental justice, and to advocate for change where necessary to improve their lives. As a journalist, she has written for Oxpeckers, the Mail & Guardian and Huffington Post South Africa,
Host Organisation: Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism