Shalene Manzi is the co-founder of the Dr Musa Manzi Foundation, and founder of Fountain for the Thirsty – an NGO that feeds and house the homeless in Johannesburg. She is passionate about improving the quality of education in Africa. She is also a PhD candidate in Structural Geology at the School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She has a BSc degree in Geology (2015) and an Honours degree in Geology (2016). She also lectures geology part-time to Wits mining and civil engineering students.
She has collected a host of academic awards during her undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and has presented her research work at local and international conferences. Shalene Manzi has appeared on media platforms for her amazing work through the Fountain for the Thirsty, providing food and shelters to the homeless across Johannesburg especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.