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Following the celebration of woman in science, we caught up with George Campus, PhD Forestry student, Noxolo Ndlovu, to hear from her what bearing this day has to her as a female in the industry. 

We asked Noxolo a few questions about what she is currently busy with and what advice she can give to young girls wanting to pursue careers in science.  

Question: Tell us a bit about yourself, background and current field of study.

I hold an MSc Degree in Forestry. I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies in forestry at the Nelson Mandela University (George Campus). 

Question: What are you currently involved in and what is taking up your time academically?

Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Forestry. My research seeks to determine the impact of South African (SA) forestry operational pesticide-use to the environmental values of soil and water. We as the SA forestry industry understand that the soil and water quality, terrestrial and aquatic organisms all play a key role in ecosystem functioning. The SA forestry industry is proactive and consistently seeks to fulfil its mandate of protecting environmental values and managing forest plantations in a manner that will ensure that current resources will continue to be available for the benefit of future generations.  

Question: How was your Science journey inspired? What sparked the love of STEM subjects? Have you always had a love for Science in primary school?

I would say my love for science started when I was in high school. Biological sciences and mathematics were my favourite subjects, they just made sense! Biological sciences of course were top of the list. Understanding the basic elements of how systems work, the complexity of life and interactions between life forms were so fascinating to me. I always had a hunger to find out more, to learn more. Also, I had the best biology teacher (Mrs Gevers). Her passion for the subject was undeniable and it is her passion that drew me even more. 

Question: International Day of Woman and Girls in Science… What does this mean to you?

It is very humbling and exciting. This day signifies transformation, a way forward to a present and future we all want to see where females are not suppressed, stereotyped and their capabilities capped simply because they are female. But instead, they are celebrated and encouraged to follow their dreams and passion. 

Question: What advice and guidance would you offer young learners who have a keen interest in STEM subjects?

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics have always been relevant, and they will continue to be especially during these uncertain times of global pandemics, climate change, and increases in world population. South Africa and the world at large is in need of innovators, agents of change, fearless go-getters who are not afraid to take the road less travelled. If you have a keen interest in STEM subjects, I encourage you to do your research in possible future careers that suit your passion. Whether male or female you can achieve great things with hard-work and dedication and a real passion for what you do. 

Question: Being part of Mandela Uni George Campus, what stands out for you about this beautiful campus?

I love the serenity and the intimacy between us people and the natural environment. The campus is situated at the heart of nature. We are surrounded by breath-taking views of mountains, natural and planted forests and the soothing sounds of the animal life that exists within our campus. I find the campus to be a peaceful environment where one can find themselves.

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated the 11th of February, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on 22 December 2015. The day recognises the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.

YouTube link to PAMSA's tribute to International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Noxolo Ndlovu (Pic sourced: Forestry SA Website)




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Ms Milisa Piko
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