KZN pupil wins top science prize

2016-10-08 19:37
S’nenhlanhla Dlamini (Supplied by Eskom)

S’nenhlanhla Dlamini (Supplied by Eskom)

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Johannesburg - KwaZulu-Natal school pupil S’nenhlanhla Dlamini has won the 2016 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair and bagged a scholarship to study in Germany with an innovative energy saving device, the public utility said.

The Ongoye Secondary School pupil was awarded her prize at an awards ceremony in Boksburg on Friday night after she won the three-day science fair, where girls outnumbered boys at 5393 versus 3564.

Eskom Acting Group Executive for Sustainability, Transmission and Risk Leo Dlamini said, "Just engaging with these young scientists strengthens my belief in the future of South Africa". 

"All the finalists have got the capacity to inspire their fellow learners in their schools and communities and they should do just that. The fields of science, maths and technology are key to our development as a country.

"Youth unemployment remains our biggest challenge and we need to create opportunities in science and technology for as many young people as we can, because this lays the foundation for innovation," Dlamini said.

The Eskom Expo, which is endorsed by the Department of Public Enterprises, Department of Basic Education and the Department of Science and Technology, has pupils from 35 regions across the country competing for a spot at the science fair.

Of the 8 972 pupils who participated at a regional level, only the top 580 were chosen to represent their regions in the finals.

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