The Green Movement
Tribute is a Postgraduate student at the Tshwane University of Technology, currently in her last year of her Master’s Degree in Ecotourism Management; doing an anthropological study that looks at the cultural connection between rural communities and their aquatic environment.
She has worked as a Field Ranger on Dassen Island on the West Coast, under CapeNature, where she was exposed to a wide variety of experiences ranging from ecological aspects of biodiversity monitoring, extensive collection and capturing of field data, amongst other things.; this after doing her internship at De Hoop Nature Reserve, also under CapeNature.
She is the Co-Founder of Projekt 23 – The Green Movement, a community and schools-based environmental education, tree-planting and social upliftment project initiated in March 2009 as a way to celebrate her graduation.
Tribute represented South Africa at the 2009 Bayer Young Environmental Envoys field trip in Germany.
She represented South Africa as the Minister of Environment at the G8 & G20 Youth Summits (now the Y8 and Y20) in Vancouver, Canada. It was at these Summits that South Africa was represented for the first time. After participating at the Summits, She co-founded South African Youth for International Diplomacy, South Africa’s Local Organising Committee of the now Y20 Summits. Supported by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, SAYID recruits and trains South African youth to participated in the Model Y20 as well as to represent the country at the annual Y20 Summits, which are held where the G20 Summit is held. So far, over 35 South African youth have participated in these international Summits.
Tribute Mboweni is part of SANBI’s Caretakers project, an 8-film documentary about South Africa’s biodiversity and the people who care for it. The Guardian, a short film I shot on Dassen Island, went on to win an award as the Best Short Film at the ROSCAR Wild Talk awards in March 2011. The Guardian was also selected and shown at the 2010 Encounters Festival. The success of this short film led her to being featured in a BBC documentary titled Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve, which started airing in Europe in April 2012 and has been played again this year.
In 2010,Tribute made the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South African leaders list, under the Environmental Sector
In June 2010, she was selected to form part of the 100 youth selected from around the world to attend the CBD COP10/International Youth Conference on Biodiversity in August 2010 in Aichi, Japan.
She was selected and sponsored to represent South Africa for a week at the 2012 One Young World Summit in Pittsburrg, USA, in October, and sponsored again to attend the 2013 One Young World Summit as a Returning Ambassador at the Summit in Johannesburg.
In 2013, Tribute was selected to be a Boundless Southern Africa Ambassador, which also involved her taking part in the 2013 Boundless Southern Africa expedition, a brand anchored by the Department of Environment, made up of 7 groups of young people selected to represent each Transfrontier Conservation Area at an event that was held alongside the UNWTO General Assembly at the Victoria Falls and Livingstone in August 2013. The expedition saw them travel from Johannesburg to Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, then back through Botswana on their way back to South Africa, experiencing the nature, culture and community activities in these areas, which are in the process of being documented in the form of an educational manual intended for use at schools and community projects.