Bukelwa holds an MSc degree in Environmental Microbiology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, during which she took part in accredited Masters courses in Environmental and Resource Management at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Bukelwa has professional and research experience working on projects and teams focused on natural resources management; best management practices in agriculture, air and water quality management; sustainability and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Key Projects that Bukelwa has worked on include: The Durban Adaptation Charter where she served as part of the Secretariat; the Durban’s 100 Resilient Cities Programme during which she provided support in documenting stakeholder engagement workshop and the Durban Green Corridor project aimed at facilitating a multi-stakeholder participatory process for the development of a land-use management plan. Bukelwa is interested in multidisciplinary projects with environmental, economic and tangible social impacts and benefits. She is particularly interested in being involved in bringing about a progressive and relevant perspective on sustainability and climate change within rural communities.
Outside of work, Bukelwa pursues her music and photography interests, amongst other creative interests. She also enjoys “city and rural-land wandering”.