Durbanites march for science

2017-04-25 07:18
Science enthusiasts in Durban joined worldwide marches to raise awareness around science on Saturday. (Nomfundo Xolo, GroundUp)

Science enthusiasts in Durban joined worldwide marches to raise awareness around science on Saturday. (Nomfundo Xolo, GroundUp)

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Thousands march for science around the world

2017-04-24 17:16

Thousands of people all around the world took to the streets on Saturday to march for Earth Day in protest for the growing disregard of science. WATCH

Durban - Nearly 200 scientists and science lovers took to the streets of Durban on Saturday, GroundUp reported. 

This was one of a series of marches across the globe aimed at raising awareness of the importance of science. The group are also calling for better support for science by government.

During the march, which started at the City Hall to the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) in Gugu Dlamini Park, participants highlighted some of the ways science can be used to change people’s lives.

Young people, especially women, were encouraged to pursue a careers in science.

Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, from the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research (CAPRISA), said the field of science needed more women because of their crucial knowledge of communities. “Although we are in the 21st Century and make up more than half of the world’s population, it’s still difficult for women to contribute to innovation and discoveries. When you have women being equal partners in science, there will be a synergy and the value of work done will be substantial,” she said.

Dr Hannah Motshedisi Sebitloane, Head of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, said that science has made a significant contribution in the morbidity and mortality rates of babies in South Africa. “We have come a long way with HIV prevention and treatment, and science has allowed today to have 1 out of 100 babies born with HIV as opposed to the days before advanced science and technology where it was 33 out of 100,” she said.

Professor Jerry Coovadia said: “We’re here to remind people how essential science is for disease and even social cohesion. It’s an exciting time to be alive in terms of science and technology. Young people need to use this opportunity for a greater change.”

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