Is a stewardship coordinator at Environmental and Rural Solutions (ERS). Yonela has a higher certificate in Life and Environmental Science (NQF4) and is currently enrolled for a National Diploma in Nature Conservation (UNISA), doing his final year. Yonela has worked for several years with the Endangered Wildlife Trust as a stewardship facilitator. He also completed a 4- month USA- based environmental education internship with the International Crane Foundation in 2018.
Yonela provides support for rangeland management and landscape stewardship activities, through facilitation and community engagement to establish the proposed Maloti Thaba Tsa Metsi Protected Environment to secure the Eastern Cape Drakensberg Water Source Area.
Yonela monitors and provides supervision for WWF-ERS invasive alien plant clearing projects being implemented throughout the Umzimvubu catchment, to ensure clearing targets are met as per project targets and milestones.
He has basic GIS and citizen science skills which underpin much of the M&E work aimed at catchment restoration. He joined ERS full- time in early 2018 and is vital part of the field and office team link.