Amanda Botes

Senior Manager - Sustainability 

Amanda has a Masters Degree in Geography, and a Bachelor of Social Science Honours Degree in Geography and Environmental Management, both from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Amanda specialises in the areas of sustainability, climate change, waste management and non-motorised transport. Amanda has extensive experience in qualitative research, report writing and documentation, project management, strategy development, and stakeholder communication and liaison. Amanda is also passionate about education and provides a crucial mentoring role to younger colleagues at Urban Earth.

Amanda has worked on a number of strategic climate change and resilience participatory projects including the Durban Climate Change Strategy, the 100 Resilient Cities Programme in Durban, and the Durban Adaptation Charter where she has provided stakeholder engagement, research and documentation expertise. Amanda has also provided assistance on climate change training and capacity building projects, including the Department of Environmental Affairs' Local Government Climate Change Support Programme which assisted local government officials across six provinces in South Africa to conduct their own vulnerability assessments and develop climate change response plans.

Amanda has a special interest in public space and how spaces in a city can be developed to promote integration and improve safety. She is also interested in how cities can be planned to accommodate pedestrians and other non-motorised forms of transport.

Outside of work, Amanda enjoys endurance running and has completed the Comrades Marathon, an ultra-marathon of 87km. Amanda is a proud Durbanite and enjoys exploring the city and its open spaces with her husband.