Ms Mmaphefo Thwala is a Water Project Manager at the National Business Initiative. Her role is to ensure water projects development & implementation; stakeholder management; and providing strategic input & alignment for the water programme. Previously, she was a Water Sector Specialist at the Energy & Water SETA providing specialist support to ensure the smooth running of the water sector cluster. Ms Thwala started her journey in the Water Sector at the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) where she worked for a period of 10 years. In her final Scientist role in DWS, she was the Project Manager responsible for classifying significant water resources in the Mvoti-Umzimkulu Water Management Area, where she successfully published (2017) the outcomes of the project in the Government Gazette. Academically, she holds an MBA from TUT (2018); an MSc. in Water Resource Management (2010) and BSc (Hons) in Microbiology from the University of Pretoria.