Ms Mapula Tshangela is currently the Senior Policy Advisor: National Sustainable Development with the South African National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). She was also seconded as the Acting Chief Director Environmental Management with the KZN Province Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs for the period October 2016 to March 2018. Ms Tshangela was part of the team that managed the first national green economy summit in 2010, and subsequent conceptualization of the national green fund till established in 2012. She developed and continue to promote the environment sector research, development and evidence (R,D&E) framework that was approved in 2012 by the Environment Minister and Members of Executive Committee. The progress on implementation of this R,D&E framework was diagnosed and improvement areas prioritised through the UK DFID funded VakaYiko consortium project led by UK ODI, that she managed in South Africa during 2014-2016. Ms Tshangela was previously Director: Cabinet & Cluster Policy Coordination and Deputy Director: Pollution and Waste Information.
Before joining DEA in 2007, Ms Tshangela was with Eskom electricity enterprise from 1997, working in power generation, distribution and corporate head office positions including as Senior Environmental Advisor, Environmental Practitioner and Chemical Laboratory Technician covering areas related to waste, air quality, sustainability performance, impact assessment, environmental management systems, water cycle chemistry, chemicals analysis and quality management.
Among other professional roles, Ms Tshangela is also the Chairperson of the SEED South Africa Steering Committee and a Board member of SEED global. She is also a Board member of the Council for Build Environment for the period 2014-2018.
Twitter account: @MapulaTshangelM