Sinenhlanhla Mkhize was raised in Kwa-Zulu Natal by her loving grandparents in the deep rural area of Mandeni and now resides at Richards Bay. She believes that science is everything and it is important that it is communicated in a simple language so that people can understand it better.
She joined the SAASTA family as an intern in 2016 and is currently working as an intern in the Science and Technology Youth Journalism Programme. As part of the internship programme she was placed at 1KZN TV (DSTV Channel 261) which is situated at Richards Bay with the aim of spreading the word of science even to the less advantaged communitities. Sinenhlanhla works as both a science journalist and a producer for 1KZN news talk broadcasting every Tuesdays and Thursdays at 08:00pm.
Sinenhlanhla graduated from the University of Zululand with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Hydrology. She believes that the opportunity that was made available to her should also be made available to others.
She was assigned to cover Water safety planning and wastewater Risk Abatement Planning project (WSP and W2PAP) as part of her science related stories. By covering this project she aims to empower municipalities (esp. those in and around the UThungulu District) about effective risk management for both water and wastewater through the use of WSP and W2RAP tools developed by the Water Research Council. At the time she joined the SAASTA family her inspiration has always been to leave positive footprints in the community.
Her biggest fear is for people to visit her community and find less/no graduates at all which will therefore indicate that she hasn’t been successful in motivating the youth about the importance of studying science and education.