Prince Manqoba Dlamini: “My 2016 favourite quote is by William Arthur Ward – Blessed is a person who sees the need, recognizes the responsibility and actively becomes the answer.”
“It is God’s given purpose over my life to serve people in ministry- as a born again believer of Jesus Christ, I serve the environment and empower the youth in green projects. I am passionate and excited to be Ecolink’s Project Manager and ensuring the legacy of Dr. Sue Hart (an exceptional Environmental Ambassador) continues to live forever. I am inspired by her as my HERO!” Prince Manqoba exclaims.
He’s a positive, vibrant man never seen without his trademark – a broad, warm smile that spreads across his face and lights up the air around him. And he is, indeed, a Royal Prince. His late father was a nephew and advisor to King Sobhuza II of Swaziland, and taught his son that duty to the community and to broader issues is paramount.
This gentle Royal chose White River as his home because, in his words, “White River is full of green ambassadors, the air is less polluted and the community is welcoming, there is strong social cohesion here.”
Ecolink, he explains, is a non-profit organisation (based near White River) that was established in 1985 by the late Dr. Sue Hart in response to a variety of needs within the former Ka Ngwane homeland. For over two decades, these rural communities have been receiving training from Ecolink staff in subsistence gardening, nutrition, and water management.
Prince Manqoba quotes one of the Ecolink students “Green, non-profit organisations such as Ecolink are an asset to our planet. Their humanitarian and environmental work sadly often goes unnoticed. Individuals such as the late Dr. Sue Hart are an inspiration to young learners. I was one of those young learners that visited Ecolink on school field trips from 1985 to 1989 and can proudly say that the holistic environmental principles that Dr. Hart taught had a lasting impression on me”.
Ecolink is but one of his many activities, though. He was invited to be the guest speaker at the I TOO CAN BE Seminar at the newly opened Mpumalanga University on the 6th May, speaking to over 250 students about how to manifest the seeds of greatness in each and every one of them and shared with them 3 principles of success – namely to cultivate their vision, refusing to fail and speaking life into things, using the power of words.
On the 14th May he hosted the first Climate Change Awareness Talk at the Ecolink premises, underneath Dr Sue Hart’s favourite tree. Prince Manqoba has recently been chosen the Green Champion as part of the Young African Leadership Initiative under the Obama administration.
“I am honored by this badge to pioneer green projects in my area with the aim of reducing the effects of climate change in White River and neighbouring communities. I carry this honor with great satisfaction and pride, to be a child of the African Soil who rises against all odds to fulfill purpose.”
What does the future hold for White River’s Prince? Upcoming green projects (household recycling, community climate change awareness and air quality management) around White River will be hosted by Mrs Greenbody (Mrs. Renata Stewart) a well-known Green Ambassador in White River and the Green Prince (Manqoba Dlamini) and they continue to plan great projects for the future.
There is no doubting Prince Manqoba’s worthiness of a White River Star.