Jo Douwes was born in Durban and attended Durban Girls’ College before leaving the east coast to study at the UCT. Here, she completed a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and Zoology as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Since then, she has worked in a number of different fields including the Freshwater Research Unit at UCT, Seaforth College in Ballito and Umuzi Wethemba KwaJesu HIV/AIDS Centre in Umhlali.
Jo (pictured here on the left) is currently employed in the Environmental Management Department at eThekwini Municipality. Jo is passionate about people and the environment and believes that caring for both is an essential part of our God-given responsibility here on earth. She is married to Errol, and the live in Durban.