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Teen Environmental Enthusiast Inspiring Marine Science Project at Eskom Expo



Teen Environmental Enthusiast Inspiring Marine Science Project at Eskom Expo

At just 17 years old, Alutha Botha, a promising young scientist from Makhanda in the Eastern Cape, has made a significant impression at the 43rd Eskom Expo International Science Fair. His project focuses on habitat use by juvenile fish, a topic of critical ecological and economic importance.

Teen Environmental Enthusiast Inspiring Marine Science Project at Eskom Expo

Protecting Fragile Habitats

Botha, a student at Nombulelo Senior Secondary School, recognized the ecological significance of shallow coastal areas and the essential role they play in marine life conservation. His research project aims to collect vital data on the habitat use by juvenile fish,

contributing to the conservation management of these fragile environments. By focusing on protecting local ecosystems and extending his research to South Africa’s coasts and potentially beyond,

Botha is on a mission to safeguard not only the local environment but also the broader marine ecosystem.

Non-Invasive Data Collection

Botha’s data collection approach is non-invasive, using non-baited remote underwater stereo videos (RUVs). This method ensures minimal disruption to the fish environment and their behavior, aligning with his commitment to environmentally-friendly research.

Passion for STEMI

Botha’s passion for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and innovation (STEMI) was ignited by his love for detail and marine life.

His involvement with The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) allowed him to delve deeper into the ocean and marine science, further nurturing his passion.

Recognitions and Rewards

At the Eskom Expo International Science Fair, Botha’s dedication and ingenuity were acknowledged. The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) awarded him the Best Project for Environmental Monitoring in the Grade 11 and Grade 12 category, along with a tablet computer.

Additionally, he was among the 10 learners selected to participate in a coveted 12-month mentorship and incubation program sponsored by the Durban University of Technology, valued at an impressive R20,000 per learner.

Aspiring for Continued Success

Although he received a Bronze medal for his research, Botha is eager to refine and enhance his project further based on valuable feedback from judges and mentors.

He expressed his enthusiasm for studying Environmental Sciences and Marine Sciences to make a positive impact on science and encourage youth participation in the field.

Eskom’s Commitment to Young Scientists

Eskom Acting Group Executive for Government and Regulatory Affairs, Natasha Sithole, commended the enthusiastic participation of young scientists, emphasizing the importance of diversity in the field of science.

Eskom remains committed to nurturing future scientists and ensuring inclusivity in South Africa’s scientific landscape.

Eskom Expo Executive Director, Parthy Chetty, underscored the importance of addressing critical environmental issues such as climate change, overfishing, and habitat destruction.

The Expo provides a platform for young scientists like Alutha Botha to share their research and contribute to the scientific community’s knowledge.

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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

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

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