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Eskom Expo Rewards Young Scientists With Bursaries and Prizes



Eskom Expo Rewards Young Scientists With Bursaries and Prizes

Young scientists participating in the Eskom Expo International Science Fair were rewarded for their hard work and innovative projects. The fair took place from October 3 to 6, 2023, at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg.

Eskom Expo Rewards Young Scientists With Bursaries and Prizes

Eskom, the title sponsor, provided 23 full bursaries valued at up to R450,000 each. They also presented special awards in various categories, including Best Female, Best Development, Best Energy, and Best Innovation projects. Here are the winners of the Eskom Special Awards:

  • Best Female: Likitha Chundru, a Grade 11 learner from Bryanston High School in Johannesburg, received the Eskom Best Female award. She also won the Meiring Naudé Award for the most inspiring project. Her project focused on using a novel method to increase the germination and growth of non-legume plants using Rhizobium spp. Bacteria.
  • Best Development Project: The Eskom Award for the Best Development Project was won by Amogelang Mampane from Soshanguve Automotive School of Specialisation, a Grade 12 learner from the Northern Gauteng Region. Mampane impressed the judges with his technical knowledge of electric cars.
  • Best Innovation Project: The Eskom Award for the Best Innovation Project was won by Keerthana Nair from Bryanston High School in Johannesburg. Nair developed a quick and easy way to detect tuberculosis in sputum, which has significant implications for early tuberculosis detection in areas with limited medical resources.
  • Best Energy Project: This Eskom award was won by Sithembile Hlehliso and Kabelo Sekoere from Senakangwedi High School in Bloemfontein, Free State. The Grade 12 team investigated ways to improve the efficiency of solar panels.

Eskom Development Foundation Acting CEO, Mologadi Motshele, congratulated the young scientists for their exceptional talent and dedication to scientific inquiry and innovation.

The awards ceremony celebrated the achievements of these young scientists and emphasized the importance of promoting science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and innovation (STEMI) among youth.

The Eskom Expo Executive Director, Parthy Chetty, expressed gratitude to the partners and sponsors who support STEMI education by recognizing and rewarding deserving young scientists.

While all finalists are considered winners for making it to the International Science Fair, they also gain valuable experiences, make new friends from around the world, and become ambassadors for the Expo.

In addition to Eskom’s contributions, other sponsors such as Siemens Pty Ltd, Innomotics, Siemens Energy, FFS, Babcock International, Ekurhuleni Drums, Trisim Logistics, Berea Plumbers, and the National Institute for.

Theoretical and Computational Sciences (NIThECS) supported the fair with various prizes and sponsorships, including laptops for learners. Universities such as the University of Witwatersrand, the University of Pretoria, and the Durban University of Technology provided academic support in the form of bursaries and mentorships.

Engineering giant Siemens Energy awarded two full bursaries worth nearly R1 million each, covering tuition fees, textbooks, accommodation, meal allowances, and a laptop. These bursaries will enable the winners, Kabelo Sekoere and Simthembile Hlehliso from Senakangwedi Secondary School in Bloemfontein, to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Engineering at a South African university of their choice.

Lastly, Lethabo Molobi from Zinniaville Secondary School, representing the Bojanala region, received the prestigious University of Pretoria/Dr. Derek Gray Memorial Award.

This award includes the Derek Gray Gold Medal, attendance at the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar during Nobel Week, and a three-year study bursary in the sciences or engineering at the University of Pretoria, contingent upon meeting specific criteria.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced



Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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