Three victorious

2016-01-27 06:00
ONALENNA SELLWANE, Nambitha Mbare and Lesedi Dakile with their new laptops.  Photo: Supplied

ONALENNA SELLWANE, Nambitha Mbare and Lesedi Dakile with their new laptops. Photo: Supplied

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ONALENNA SELLWANE, Nambitha Mbare and Lesedi Dakile, learners of Kimberley Girls’ High, were handsomely rewarded with a laptop each for winning the provincial South African Youth Water Prize Award at the event held at their school.

The awards are piloted by the Department of Water Affairs in partnership with the Department of Basic Education.

The three learners won the 2015 edition while they were still in gr. 11. In addition they have been awarded with comprehensive bursaries to study towards water careers at the universities of their choice.

To emerge as victors they had to overcome stiff competition from their peers. They represented the province at the National Youth Summit in Gauteng.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Northern Cape Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation official Irene Letsie said the aim of the awards was to encourage learners to make use of the opportunities afforded to them and finally to promote and market the Department of Water and Sanitation, specifically the 2020 Vision for Water and Sanitation Environmental Education Programme. “If these three learners choose careers towards water studies, after they graduate the department is going to absorb them as they will add much value with their know-ledge,” Letsie added.

When interviewed all three learners confirmed that they were going to study towards water fields. An excited Sellwane said: “This is a kick-start for me, I feel privileged to have been granted this opportunity. I’m looking forward to study.”

Education senior official Ntombi Mashodi encouraged all the learners to take part in such competitions.

She said there were various competitions apart from the Youth Water Prize Awards.

“There are various competitons, such as Baswa le Metsi, public speaking and many more. We are calling on teachers to encourage learners to take part in all these exciting competitions,” Mashodi said.

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