Early last year, a few enthusiastic young environmentalists from PHSG entered their research papers to the annual Environment Sustainability Project hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs.
One of our groups, consisting of Tameryn-Lee Bezuidenhout, Mia Janse van Rensburg and Bonolo Moikanyane, was selected to go through to the final round of the Young Researchers’ Symposium at Wits University.
In their research paper, they critically discussed the prevention of deforestation by means of seedbanking and used PHSG's own seedbanking initiative as their local case study. They argued that the youth can take matters into their own hands with the help of their schools, that a network needs to be created for all schools to have their own seedbanks and that we should rather bank the seeds of endangered tree species than those of edible herbs.
At the Symposium, where they competed against more than ten other schools from across the country, our girls had to present their findings and solutions in a fifteen minute presentation and were then subjected to some gruelling questions from the panel of esteemed adjudicators.
At the end of the day, our team walked away with a silver award for second best overall delegation. We are exceptionally proud of this phenomenal achievement and look forward to seeing where this project might go in the future.