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Youth winners to represent South Africa in Stockholm

12 July 2017

Three learners from Limpopo, who won the South African Youth Water Prize (SAYWP) competition, will this weekend jet off to Stockholm in Sweden to represent South Africa at the annual World Water Week.

Photo: twitter.com/DWS_RSA

The SAYWP is one of the projects that the department is implementing in its education programme called 2020 Vision for Water Education Programme.

The project is aimed at educating Grade 9-11 learners about efficient use of water and protection of water resources.

During this year’s SAYWP competition held in Pretoria on 2 June 2017, the 16-year-old learners, Mokgotho Temogelo Thami, Mmola Desmond Kutullo and Nkwane Wayne Luka, who are in Grade 11 at Lebeko Senior Secondary School in Phalaborwa, produced a water conservation device that will help schools and communities to save water.

The devise uses two aspects, a sensor and a timer. The sensor senses a hand/s to turn the system on to discharge water, and subsequently, the timer is set to discharge water for a certain period/volume.

In addition, to the system, a soak-away material is added to the system to absorb leaking water from the tap.

The system also recharges the groundwater and refills the water table/tank underneath.

Most of the materials used to build this system were donated, while other items were collected from rubbish bins.

As part of celebrating the learners’ achievement, the Department of Water and Sanitation together with the Limpopo Department of Education will on 25 July 2017 hold a farewell function at Protea Hotel, The Ranch in Polokwane, as the learners will not only represent the province of Limpopo in Sweden, but the entire country.

The South African Youth Water Prize (SAYWP) is a science and technology collaboration between the Department of Water and Sanitation and the Stockholm Water Foundation in Sweden. The competition’s objectives are to promote the protection of the country’s natural resources and increase awareness amongst young people.

The programme also exposes and advances the interest of youth in science and technology, and motivates them to pursue water and sanitation careers. It targets Gr. 9-11 learners who identify problems related to water in their school and community, conduct a research and com up with innovations recommended to solve the problems. SAYWP respond to the scarce skills challenge and it also serve as an incubator for the DWS Learning Academy.

The Department has a responsibility to follow through the learners who won the competition and also establish partnerships with stakeholders for piloting the innovations. All regional finalists get Laptop Computer and the National top three get a full sponsorship to follow a career in the water sector related field as well as a laptop computers and cash prizes.

The provincial adjudication panels elect the provincial winners who become national finalists to represent South Africa at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition in Sweden. Since its participation at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize South Africa has won the competition twice in 2003 and 2005.

SAnews.gov.za

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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