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Pinky Mokwena

South Africa & Tshwane University of Technology, 2019

Pinky is driven by her commitment to championing and empowering communities towards authentic and healthy engagements with their natural environment and how it affects their health and wellness. She believes that every human being has a right to access to their basic human needs, particularly in light of quality drinking water and sustainable waste management. As a former Miss Earth South Africa ambassador (Water Element, 2018/19), she was exposed to the multifaceted ways in which natural resources could be easily turned into an avenue of disenfranchisement, which she experienced firsthand as she traveled across the country during her term in office.

She has since dedicated her entire profession to decentralizing the exclusivity of access to quality drinking water and organic waste management. She has recently completed her Master of Applied Sciences research studies in Environmental Management (majoring in Water Chemistry), and it was through this endeavor that her company, Metsi a Teng (Pty) Ltd was born. It is a scientifically accredited entity that was based on her research in testing the efficiency of maize tassels (a natural material that is considered an organic waste product) to remove certain tenacious pollutants in water, rendering it safe for drinking.

Pinky has had the privilege of being endorsed and even supported by multiple organizations as she established and spread the word about her company, such as the Innovation Hub (her incubation hosts), The City of Tshwane (contributors to the seed funding acquired to establish Metsi a Teng), the Blue Ocean Awards in collaboration with the French embassy (who have awarded Pinky the first Blue Ocean Award in South Africa, in recognition of the unique and innovative solution Metsi a Teng presents to a sensitive challenge across the globe), The Mandela Rhodes Foundation (her MSc studies funders), among many other stakeholders. Pinky is also a passionate Science Communicator and Mentor who serves on a voluntary basis at the FameLab Academy and The Peculiar Nest as an executive committee member. She is one of the international advisory board members for The Network of Pro-Bono lawyers (Nigeria) and a radio broadcaster for a Tshwane-based local radio station, Impact Radio (103 Fm).

As a Shaun Johnson Memorial Scholar, Pinky will be pursuing a PhD at the University of Kent with a focus on Supramolecular-Self-Associating-Amphiphiles and their water solubility in ionophores.

Pinky Mokwena is a 2023 Shaun Johnson Memorial Scholar. Read more about the scholarship .

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