Three pupils of Kiriyatswane Secondary School in Embalenhle, Secunda, this week took part in a presentation on biodiversity and environmental governance, bringing issues to the symposium that were foreign to pupils from Gaunteng.
Lwandile Nkosi, Mbalenhle Ntshangase and Mbali Mhlongo made their presentation at the Young Researchers Symposium, hosted by SA Institute of Institutional Affairs, at Wits University on Wednesday.
Poor service delivery levels in their local municipality, Govan Mbeki, was a key highlight in their presentation.
“Sewage leaks are a daily occurrence in our area. Our local mall and post office have been burned and we have a very small library. Our school doesn’t have a library,” Mhlongo said.
According to the pupils, the waste management in their municipality was dysfunctional and maintenance on municipal infrastructure was also a problem, resulting in sewage running into the local river.
Lack of knowledge on environmental issues was one of the key elements they identified as problems.