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SA Learners Win Big At Beijing Science Competition
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SA Learners Win Big At Beijing Science Competition

All of the South African scientists who competed in the 39th Beijing youth science creation competition have impressed judges, winning second prizes in their respective categories.

Phoebe Mgxaji,16, from Macassar secondary school in the Stellenbosch region, scooped a silver medal in the biomedical science category and also received the Youth Science and Technology Innovation special award sponsored by the Beijing district government. This special award included a cash prize equivalent to about R4,291.

Mgxaji’s research centered around consumers not understanding the information on food labels.

Fifteen-year-old Liyema Tyutu from Enduku PJS School in Engcobo in the Eastern Cape did a project on improving vehicles’ headlights so as not to blind oncoming traffic. Liyema won a silver medal in the environmental science and engineering section of the competition.

Ilané du Plessis,16, and Ansonel du Toit,16, from Hoërskool Waterkloof in Pretoria looked at the chemicals that find their way into swimming pools and how they react with the chlorine added. The duo won silver medals in the biochemistry and molecular biology category.

The four budding young scientists previously showcased their science projects at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair last October where they won the right to represent South Africa in Beijing.

Eskom Expo executive director, Parthy Chetty said the expo offered a platform for young scientists to pursue their passion.

“They have competed among the best in the world and have won,” Chetty said.

“This is a stark reminder to all young learners that if you want to be successful in life, pursue your dreams and take advantage of opportunities like Eskom Expo.”


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