CAPE TOWN, October 4 – Over 600 South African learners were invited to compete in the International Science Fair (ISF) at this year’s Eskom Expo for Young Scientists.
After successfully progressing through the regional-level science fairs, the enthusiastic young innovators came to represent their schools with the hope of taking home a share of the R4 million worth of prizes up for grabs.
The pupils represent a cohort of young people who have discovered a passion for the sciences through the Eskom Expo and are interested in careers in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or innovation fields.
“The shortage of engineers and other technical experts is a major challenge in this country. That’s why at Eskom we are particularly concerned with investing in the development of young scientists and engineers, to help develop solutions to our energy and water needs so that the country can continue to grow in a sustainable way,” Eskom group executive for transmission Thava Govender said.
According to the statement, Eskom would award four special awards to the best female, best development, best energy, and best energy efficiency projects. They would also award three university bursaries to the value of R444,000 each, to Grade 12 pupils. This year several of the special award and bursary winners looked to solve the country’s energy and water crisis.