Tracy Tiyiselani Novela is a 26-year-old Tsonga woman from Mbatlo Village in Giyani Limpopo Province. She went to Mafanele Primary School and matriculated from Dumazi High School.

She enrolled with Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer studies in Pretoria, where she completed her National Certificate in Journalism and National Diploma in Media Studies.

She started training at Nthavela Newspaper in 2012. In 2013 she started training as a Xitsonga News reader at Malamulele Community Radio Station.

She joined SAASTA’s Science and Technology Youth Journalism programme as an intern in August 2016 and is hosted at Nthavela Newspaper.

“I have fallen in love with science and technology. It helps us to adapt to the environment. Science is needed in our everyday lives.  Most rural areas need to be informed and educated about science and technology.

I think writing about science will motivate learners. They will be able to access the information through local community media. I would like to help grow an interest in science especially learners at school to help our country to have more scientists in the future.”