SAIIA Young Researchers Symposium Report 2016

As part of the South African Institute of International Affairs Environmental Sustainability Project, Danville Park Girls’ High School submitted a ten page essay, which was entitled: Climate change and disasters, concentrating on droughts as a disaster. Our team was one of three KZN teams that were selected for the National finals to give a 20 minute presentation on their essay. The Danville team (as seen here from the left to right are Tasmika, Karina and Ashraiya) who gave an amazing presentation on their research into climate change and droughts at the 2016 SAIIA Young Researchers Symposium at Cradle of Humankind on Thursday 1 December. Ten schools from around South Africa participated. The Danville team concentrated on desalination and recycling waste water as solutions to water shortages in South Africa. Congratulations to Kerina who was awarded a trophy as one of four best speakers at the symposium. Congratulations to the winning team overall, Sobantu Secondary School, also from KZN. The experience was exhilarating and the Danville team was able to interact with like-minded students from around the country. They also had the opportunity of presenting in front of distinguished environmentalists such as representatives from the Australian High Commission, S.A. Department of Water and Sanitation and the United nations Development Programme.

The team were also treated to a journey back in time from the start of our universe to the present at Maropeng (Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site).