Ndoni Mcunu, the Black Women in Science founder and climate scientist died from a suspected gas leak at the Cradle of Human Kind in Krugersdorp.

She was on the West Rand for a holiday when the incident happened on Saturday.

The family spokesperson, Nobuntu Hlazo-Webster said the family is still waiting for postmortem results and for the police to conclude investigations.

In the meantime, the police who notified her family about the death cited a gas leak at the place she stayed.


In 2021, Mcunu was featured in Sowetan for International Day for Women and Girls in Science. She was an advocate for climate change in Africa and the founder of Black Women in Science.

Mcunu was on her way to completing her PhD at Wits University which was being funded by the National Research Foundation.

In 2017 she was listed as one of the Top 50 Most Inspiring Women in Tech in South Africa by Netherlands and South Africa.

In 2016, she was selected as one of the Top 200 Mail and Guardian Young South Africans in the Education sector. In addition, Mcunu was selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow.

Mcunu was recently recognised by the Ghana based Humanitarian Awards Global, as one of the most Distinguished Change Makers: Women in Africa.

A memorial service will be held on Friday and she will be buried on the 30th of April in KwaZuluNatal. May her soul rest in eternal peace.