Learners to travel to Sweden for summit

Friday, August 21, 2015

Pretoria - The Department of Water and Sanitation will on Friday take three learners from Matlhari High School in Limpopo to participate in the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

The three learners, Camilla Mashele, Nhlonipho Nukeri and Hlengi Makumbila will attend the summit from 23 till 28 August.

The learners will represent South Africa in the World Water Prize competition after winning the South African Youth Water Prize competition earlier this year.

“At a tender Grade 10, the three learners from the rural village of Shikwambana in Limpopo proved to be a force to be reckoned with as they beat the odds and came up with a brilliant scientific project,” the department said.

The project is aimed at water conservation through the reduction of water leaks in households and overflow of water in reservoirs using cell phone services.

The learners will compete against some of the renowned technologically advanced countries like China through the presentation of the project.

The learners have been awarded laptops and bursaries from the Department of Water and Sanitation to study any water related course at a South African university of their choice.

The South African Youth Water Prize Competition is a competition run by the Department of Water and Sanitation aimed at aspiring young water scientists in high schools across the country.

As part of the competition learners are tasked with coming up with innovative technology that will assist the water sector in alleviating water shortages and improve water related service delivery. – SAnews.gov.za

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