Meet Lavinia Engelbrecht

by Lala

I’m Lavinia Engelbrecht, a former editor, journalist and Government communicator. I have a life-long passion for the Environment, which has found expression throughout my career and in my personal interests. I am currently based in Shanghai, China, for my Communications role at a multilateral bank, which funds sustainable infrastructure projects in Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa.

I created TheRainQueen.com to promote sustainable living in an attainable way. I post about living a green lifestyle, gardening, self-sufficiency, travel, food and photography.

  • For professional communication find me: Lavinia Engelbrecht on LinkedIn
  • For casual chats about green lifestyle, travel, gardening & more, follow @LaviniaEngel

Television appearance

I was interviewed on television about my garden & green lifestyle, by the environmental programme PhakisaTV, which aired Sundays at 5.30pm on SABC 1. Phakisa TV interview with Lavinia Engelbrecht:

This is a space to share my ever increasing home and garden projects; chat about products that I use to make life easier and greener; and post pictures and videos of interesting sights and sounds from home and our travels.

So why the name “Rain Queen” ?

The Rain Queens in South Africa are a female only dynasty led by the successive Modjadji (Rain Queens) of the Balobedu people of Limpopo province. I share that heritage, as they are part of the wider Sotho-Tswana group.

Sadly this dynasty ended in 2005 when the last Modjadji of that era passed on. However a decade later in 2015 it was announced that Queen Modjadji VII, the 10 year old Masalanabo Modjadji would be inaugurated. She was inaugurated in 2016 and I hope it will signal a new era of prosperity and peace for the Balobedu. The Rain Queens are believed to have mystical power over the clouds and rainfall. As an avid gardener in water scarce South Africa, I have a deep appreciation for rain and it’s importance to sourcing bounty from our land. So the name Rain Queen seemed quite fitting.

I’m in senior management at a large, public organisation. When I started the blog I was working on my Masters degree in Public Administration & graduated in 2016! As of 2017, I am doing my PhD in Public Management focused on the governance and administration of environmental programmes(of course). If I could go back and study anything else, it would be horticulture or agriculture.

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