Bright idea rewarded

2017-05-03 06:00
Driaan Lou-Kemp, a learner at the High School Jim Fouché, receives his prize from Priscilla Mohapi, a direc­tor in the Department of Water and Sanitation.Photo: Supplied

Driaan Lou-Kemp, a learner at the High School Jim Fouché, receives his prize from Priscilla Mohapi, a direc­tor in the Department of Water and Sanitation.Photo: Supplied

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The bright idea of Driaan Lou-Kemp (16), a learner of the High School Jim Fouché, to invent a cost-effective water tool has won him the international 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize in Sweden.

His tool was amongst hundreds of entries from other countries that competed for the prestigious prize.

Driaan’s invention was chosen as the overall winner at the global final held last year in August.

He invented a cost-effective model that allows cold water to be diverted to a container and only allow water to flow out of the shower head when it is at the desired temperature.

Driaan’s model also proved that saved cold water can be used in other chores such as watering plants, washing dishes or even drinking.

He was presented the prize – a laptop plus a trophy – recently.

Driaan also received a bursary for R8 000 to study Civil Engineering or a water science subject at any of the 25 universities in South Africa.

Driaan qualified for the global competition by virtue of being the overall winner of the South African Youth Water Prize (SAYWP).

The South African competition took place in June last year.

It is a collaborative science and technology initiative between the Department of Water and Sanitation and the Stockholm Water Foundation in Sweden.

It targets Gr. 9 to Gr. 11 learners.

They have to identify problems related to water in their school and community, do research and come up with innovations or recommendations to solve the problems.

The competition’s objectives aim to promote the protection of the country’s natural resources, to advance youth creativity in science and technology, and to motivate youth to pursue careers in water and sanitation.

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