Born in Makhado (Limpopo), Thilivhali is the third of six children. At school, he gravitated towards the natural sciences, Biology and Geography. The natural world fascinated him and sparked his dream of travelling, exploring and discovering. After school, he pursued his interest in the world around him completing a B Tech Nature Conservation at the Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban.
As part of his course, Thili was offered an internship at the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy working under the highly respected fynbos botanist, Sean Privett. The Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy (WBFC) extends 15 000 km’s and includes 26 land owners and covers some of the most critically endangered fynbos. Thili has since worked his way up and is now proud of his position as Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy Conservation Manager, working to preserve and protect the precious diversity of fynbos.
Thili is involved in exciting key conservation activities in the Overberg area, such as: the establishment of The Green Corridor, an initiative to create a conservation area from the Walker Bay Conservancy through to the Agulhas National Park, soil management, camera traps and fire management. Thili’s key role is to ensure the continued protection of rare and endemic plants of the fynbos biome.
Speaking of conservation, Thili explains that forward thinking and preserving our resources is essential to conservation, that conservation will allow the eco-system to remain in balance and ensure that our beautiful fynbos biome is around for future to enjoy and appreciate in the years to come.