Cape Town based climate change activist, Ayakha Melithafa is set to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland from 19 – 24 January 2020.
The 17-year-old is expected to join global climate change activist Greta Thunberg on various panels at the World Economic Forum.
Ayakha became interested in climate change two years ago after experiencing Day Zero drought in Cape Town.
She began to investigate reasons behind the severity of the drought and learned about climate change in the process.
Ayakha is studying at the Centre of Science and Technology in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, but originally hails from a small farming town in the Eastern Cape which is also crippled by drought.
She is part of “Project 90 by 2030”, a social and environmental justice organisation based in Cape Town and also works as a recruitment official and spokesperson for the African Climate Alliance.
The alliance is youth-led and works in conjunction with more than a million youths around the world.