Palesa was born and raised in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa. Some of the highlights in Palesa’s research career include obtaining her Masters degree with a distinction and being hosted to give a seminar talk on her PhD work at the University of California San Diego, at the Scripp Institute of Oceonography. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town. Palesa’s greatest challenge is finding the most effective role for herself as a young black female scientist committed to effectively contributing to resolving current problems borne out of historical and political legacies.
Palesa writes a blog which features photography, science and random observations about life.
Being able to pursue a career, and obtain a PhD in a field that has resonated with her since childhood: environmental preservation and rehabilitation.
Being part of a high-impact technical team that will provide and apply innovative solutions using biological processes to the problem of acid mine drainage.