3. Dr Nosiphiwe Ngqwala and The Children of the Soil

Nosiphiwe “Nosi” Ngqwala arrived at Rhodes to do a masters in biochemistry. She became a student volunteer but realised there was no organisation focusing on what she felt was the most important job of all - teaching the next generation of South Africans how to look after their environment. So she founded Children of the Soil to do just that. She now has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and is a senior lecturer in the Pharmacy Department, but her passion for community building, for youth upliftment and for environmental education is as strong as ever.