“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I will not allow that which I cannot do affect that which I can do.”
Edward Everett Hale
This is my favorite quote and quite honestly, the best way for me to describe my motivation for entering Miss Earth South Africa. As a nanotechnologist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), I am fortunate enough to pursue chemistry, my passion, on a daily basis. Recently I was given a chance to host an exhibition stand at the Annual CSIR Career Day held on the 26th of May. Naturally, I grabbed this opportunity with both hands, as it allowed me to merge two major facets of my life; Miss Earth South Africa and of course, being a scientist.
The career day afforded me the platform to inform mathematics and science students in grades 11 to 12 on how they could make a difference within their communities. I explained how they could make great strides towards sustaining our country’s resources, as well as how they can invest in the conservation of our natural heritage. I shared with them why I believe science and technology should be used to further improve people’s lives.
The highlight of the day was meeting a distinct group of girls (picture below) from Soshanguve South Secondary School. They informed me of the lack of women’s leadership within their school. . Expressing the need for programs and initiatives similar to the ones hosted by Miss Earth South Africa, with the core focus being female empowerment and leadership. I will be visiting this school to follow up on these future leaders when I begin the Generation Earth Council.
The success of the career day is proof that the CSIR is the perfect strategic partner for my Miss Earth journey. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that the CSIR provided me with, as this has allowed me to use my skills and passion to generate “ideas that work.”™