I am a registered PhD student of Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape. My PhD project is in the field of applied nuclear physics. The aim of the project is to infer air pollution levels in the Western Cape, South Africa by analysing the mosses and lichens for chemical content. The elemental analysis involves neutron activation of the biomonitors using a research reactor (IBR‐2 at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Physics, Russia) and complementary analyses using inductively coupled mass spectrometry at Stellenbosch University. I am also an employees of iThemba LABS and based at the Environmental Radioactivity Laboratory (ERL). ERL is the Low Radiation Counting laboratory of iThemba LABS, Department of Nuclear Physics. It has been using radiation detectors for anthropogenic (‘man-made’) and natural radioactivity measurements. At the ERL, Monte Carlo (MC) methods are also used to benchmark the experimental data for the testing and calibrating of detectors, .