CAPE TOWN - Eskom has paved the way for three deserving students by awarding them each a study bursary worth R1.3 million jointly. This bursary will enable these learners to pursue a Degree in Engineering at a university in South Africa of their choice.
The bursary was awarded to these learners at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF) Grand Awards ceremony on October 6.
The three-day science fair which was held at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Johannesburg is a platform for students to showcase their scientific investigations and engineering projects.
The fair saw three young winning scientists from a lengthy list of 611 finalists.
"This goes to show our commitment to playing an important and constructive role in advancing the continent through education. The Eskom Expo presents one of the best environments for learners to launch their careers and build our continent", said Eskom Group Executive HR, Thava Govender.
The Eskom bursary winners are:
- Nondumiso Mdletshe – Grade 12 – Khula High School (KZN)
- Joshua Boa-Amponsem – Grade 12 - Empangeni High School (KZN)
- Sindi Matlaila – Grade 12 - Khamane Secondary School (MP)
The two other top achievers were:
- Edrich Theodor Engelbrecht, Grade 10 - Hoerskool Waterkloof (GP). Prize money: R75 000
- Khilona Piyarlall, Grade 9 - Scottburgh High, Southern KZN. Prize money: R50 000
"I always love coming to the Eskom Expo because it gives me a sense of what the future of our country looks like. The young scientists here are a demonstration that we as a nation can and will be a great achiever in the fields of science and technology. I was intrigued to see that all their projects seek to solve problems we are facing today and the solutions they are developing are not for their own gain but for society’s benefit. I am excited and impressed that you believe you can change the world and find it particularly pleasing that the number of previously disadvantaged learners at the expo has been growing", said Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor.
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