WESSA YRE Participants

WESSA YRE is perfectly suited for high school learners and university students across South Africa who want to be part of the change they envision. Our current participants include:

WE ARE Jiyana Secondary School Young Reporters

Jiyana Secondary School is located in Entshonalanga Section in Tembisa, Gauteng. We believe that sustainability comes with action and passion. It makes it possible to teach other about symbiotically living in our social and natural environment to ensure that future generations also get to enjoy our national natural heritage. Some of the socio-ecological issues and injustices we face in our communities are illegal dumping, inadequate sanitation infrastructure and youth not having access to options to better their lives, thus leading to further social such as drug abuse and bullying. Through the WESSA YRE programme, our passion and dedication we believe that we can make a change in the environment we live in.


WE ARE Eden Ridge High School Young Reporters

Our school is located in Palmridge Ext 3 in the south of Joburg, Gauteng. We joined the WESSA YRE programme because we accept the responsibility to be the voice for the voiceless in our community. We like that WESSA YRE is not just about the natural environment, but about the environmental we find ourselves in – and that includes our social, economic and cultural environment. Through the programme, we are called to action to come up with solutions for our local issues. We have observed that various social problems which lead to environmental problems in our community. For example, a lack of respect for our elders and teachers lead to a lack of respect for our natural environment. We want to change our school and communities for the better.

WE ARE Monareng Secondary School Young Reporters

Erasmus Monareng is situated in Ekurhuleni, Vosloorus, ext. 14, Gauteng. Whilst we are surrounded by environmental issues such as pollution and not enough green spaces within the school, we believe that these issues stem from other social issues. Our school does not have enough dustbins for learners to dispose their waste in, and this gives them an excuse to litter. Similarly, we believe that not having enough green spaces lead to social issues such as bullying, drug and substance abuse and learners’ behaviour in our school. We joined the WESSA YRE programme largely because we want to make our school and community aware of these problems we’re facing and argue that neglecting these problems as a community we’ll be killing and destroying the future of this community at large.


WE ARE Nova Pioneer Ormonde Young Reporters

Nova Pioneer Ormonde is situated in the South of Johannesburg. We are driven and guided by our six culture principles, which are: Joy of Learning, High Expectations, Always Growing, Servant Leadership, Solutions First and Greater Together. As young reporters we realise the importance of focusing on academics and our schools creates an atmosphere to nurture leaders and innovators. Littering is one of the biggest socio-ecological problems we face at school and in our communities. At our school, we do not have a proper recycling system as there are no assigned bins for recycling. Other issues we would like to address at our school are learners verbally bullying each other and highlighting learners disrespecting adults. 

WE ARE Mpontsheng Secondary School Young Reporters

Mpontsheng Secondary School is situated in Ekurhuleni South District, Katlehong 1. It is very challenging attending a township school with so many disadvantages and issues, like a lack of textbooks and drug abuse respectively. These issues have a direct effect on the education system at our school as well as in our communities. Pressing issues, we face in our community are water crisis’, electricity problems and social problems like human trafficking and women and children abuse. As young reporters, we want to alert our community to these problems by visualizing them through our articles, photos and videos. It is important for us to explain how these issues not only effect our school but all schools in Katlehong. Being part of the YRE programme made us see things differently, it made us think for the future in a way that brought together nature, global issues, social issues and economic problems. We are the eyes and ears of the environment we live in!


WE ARE TUT Young Reporters

We as the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), located in Pretoria West – Gauteng, joined WESSA YRE because we saw that our TUT community lacks environmental knowledge. As students doing a National Diploma in Nature Conservation we have taken the responsibility to educate and make our campus and surrounding communities aware of all the environmental issues. But also make the link that these environmental issues are brought about by the social issues that we have. For instance, we saw how the lack of basic human rights services in communities can lead to the pollution of rivers, air and the land. WESSA YRE is giving us the opportunity to help our communities find solutions to these cross sectorial social and environmental issues their facing.

WE ARE Nyanga High School Young Reporters

Nyanga Senior Secondary school is located in the deep rural part of the Eastern Cape just outside of the town of Engcobo in the former Transkei. The school was established in 1937 as a boarding facility to cater for the children from the deep rural areas where no schools existed. In terms of the government demarcation the school is part of the Chris Hani East District. Like any other rural school, we face a lot of challenges such as poverty, slow development and surrounded by communities with unemployment. We would take the opportunity of being a part of the YRE to expose the issues we have that have a negative impact in the lives of the learners.


WE ARE Mbewula Senior Primary School Young Reporters

We are a deep rural located school in Hota Mbewula under Cala within the Sakhisizwe Local Municipality. We are faced with multiple hardships such as poverty, lack of access to basic services but that has not limited our school in participating environmental programmes to enhance our knowledge and play an active role improving our environment.

We are privileged to be part of the Young Reporters for The Environment (YRE) programme as we would use this platform to communicate our issues to other parts of the country through the media that we will use.

We have a food garden in our school that we use to supplement our feeding scheme, we also have a campaign to save water through the replacement of leaking taps and locking some of the tanks to limit wastage.

WE ARE Mount Arthur Girls High School Young Reporters

Mount Arthur is a state (public) School situated in KuBangindlala village in the outskirts of Lady Frere. It is a girls-only school that caters for boarders and day scholars from Grade 8 to Grade 12. Learners are offered good instruction and the opportunity to participate in various curricula and extra- curricular activities offered at the school.  It is one of the oldest and well-known schools in the country. The vision is to bring joy, virtue and service through challenging work, a service driven by staff and other partners that is committed to values of accountability, transparency and democracy for all. WESSA is educating us as school  about environmental issues through fun and exciting manner. Now we believe that environment is our way of life through WESA. Members of YRE educate learners and the community about the importance of recycling and sustainable action thus appreciating the significance of the natural diversity in our daily lives and Eco-friendly life style.


WE ARE Arthur Mfebe Agricultural High School

We are situated just 3 kilometres away from the R61 road between Queenstown and Cofimvaba in the rural St Marks area under Intsika Yethu Local Municipality. You find us on the way to the home of the political icon Chris Thembisile Hani.

As an Agricultural high school , it is our responsibility to take care of the environment and restore ecosystem. We are passionate and dedicated to use to counter climate change challenges. Resilience is our eco-code

We will use the YRE programme to communicate and educate others about environmental issues that we come across in our daily lives.