The Annual Biodiversity Career Day organised by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) took place at the Kirstenbosch Research Centre and Centre for Biodiversity Conservation in Cape Town in March this year. SAEON’s Fynbos and Egagasini nodes were among the organisations that engaged with 214 senior high school learners, who made their way through 18 career stations spread across the buildings.

As South Africa’s Mother City was slowly recovering from recent fires across the Cape Peninsula and with helicopters still flying overhead, the Fynbos Node focused their presentation on post-recovery, highlighting why fire is important for fynbos. Learners were interested in finding out how weather stations were used in research and data collection.

Dr Nicola Stevens explains why fire is important for fynbos in her presentation on post-fire recovery.