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Young Scientist From Ndzondelelo High Earns Coveted Eskom Expo Mentorship Award



Young Scientist From Ndzondelelo High Earns Coveted Eskom Expo Mentorship Award

Mpho Mketo, a 16-year-old student at Ndzondelelo High School in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), has achieved remarkable success at the Eskom Expo International Science Fair (ISF). He is one of ten learners selected to receive a prestigious 12-month mentorship and incubation program, generously sponsored by the Durban University of Technology.

Young Scientist From Ndzondelelo High Earns Coveted Eskom Expo Mentorship Award

Acknowledging Exceptional Potential

The 12-month mentorship and incubation program, valued at an impressive R20,000 per learner, reflects the recognition of Mketo’s exceptional potential and the impact of his research project.

His project, titled “An Antibacterial Elucidation product: using different calyces,” stood out among the impressive array of scientific endeavors showcased at the fair, held at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg from 3 to 6 October 2023.

Innovative Approach to Antibacterial Products

Mketo’s research project demonstrates his commitment to addressing critical challenges in the field of antibacterial products. As a silver medal winner, his innovative approach using different calyces holds the promise of contributing to the development of effective antibacterial solutions.

The recognition from the Durban University of Technology reflects his dedication to his work and the potential societal benefits of his research.

A Proud Achievement

Upon receiving the mentorship and incubation program, Mketo expressed his pride and the excitement of representing his school on a global stage. He shared,

“I felt proud of myself for winning. I’ve put a lot of hard work and dedication into my project. It was exciting to receive those awards and represent my school on such a global stage.”

Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists

Mketo also highlighted the importance of interacting with fellow pupils and their innovative projects at the ISF. He found inspiration in their work and realized the potential for his own accomplishments.

He stated, “The biggest takeaway for me from the fair was how other pupils think. When I saw their projects at the ISF, I was moved. It was astounding to find that other brilliant minds can come up with such amazing ideas.

They made me realize that there’s so much I can accomplish myself. I’ll never forget the motivation they brought into my life.”

Fostering Future Scientists

Eskom Development Foundation Acting CEO, Mologadi Motshele, praised the young scientists and emphasized the support provided to learners who find solutions to pressing community problems.

The Eskom Expo aims to ignite a lasting passion for innovation, guiding these learners toward promising careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and innovation (STEMI).

Eskom Expo Executive Director, Parthy Chetty, highlighted the importance of bringing together the brightest young minds, not only to compete for awards but also to inspire one another and develop new ideas.

Interactions with like-minded learners foster motivation and contribute to the development of future scientists who will tackle tomorrow’s challenges.

This mentorship program and recognition are well-deserved acknowledgments of Mpho Mketo’s exceptional achievements and contributions to the field of antibacterial products.

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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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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

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.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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