Tembisa Jordaan (she/her) is a South African marine scientist and filmmaker, living in in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Tembisa is the Biodiversity Stewardship & Biodiversity Economy senior manager at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. She is also the coordinator for the Biodiversity Economy Initiative (BEI) in the province. She is passionate about sectoral transformation in the biodiversity space, and the improvement of conservation models to be people oriented. She starred in a 3-part marine conservation documentary commissioned by Off the Fence, called “Our Oceans” and won the N.E.W Film pitch competition at the Nature, Environment and Wildlife Film congress. Her short film "Ulwandle Lushile" is a result of her years of work in marine resource management with KZN coastal communities.

In this episode, Tembisa guides you through her journey becoming a marine scientist. Host Nadine and Tembisa discuss the disenfranchisement and continued effects of South Africa’s apartheid regime. Tembisa tells us how this system and history impacts the local communities living by marine habitats. They talk about Indigenous knowledge systems in marine resource management. In connection to this- Tembisa opens up about her film "Ulwandle Lushile"and the process of how it was created to center the Sokhulu women. Host Nadine asks Tembisa about what she is missing today in the world of climate activism and storytelling. 

This episode refers to the following works and histories: South African Apartheid, "Ulwandle Lushile" - On South African Shores, Women Carry On a Harvest Once Denied, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

Tembisa Jordaan (she/her) is a marine scientist, filmmaker, and cook based in Durban, SA.

Nadine Reumer (she/her) is an actress and producer based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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