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City school clinches second place in national water competition for second year running

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Kimberley Technical High School secured second place for the second consecutive year at the prestigious 2024 SA Youth Water Prize.

THS principal Michael Ludick with pupils Uwami Kumalo and Sibusiso Mazabane. Picture: Supplied

KIMBERLEY Technical High School (THS) secured second place for the second consecutive year at the prestigious 2024 SA Youth Water Prize.

The school’s presentation, by Grade 11 learners Sibusiso Mazabane and Uwami Kumalo, showcased their innovative “ECO-FLOW innovation” at the national competition held at the Xylem Water Solutions Offices in Kempton Park, Gauteng.

The achievement is the result of months of dedication and hard work from these young water and sanitation enthusiasts.

Their efforts have not only earned the duo a cash prize of R15,000, laptops, a second-place trophy and bursaries for further education but also recognition and accolades at the provincial level where they earlier secured the top two positions and a cash prize of R20,000 for educational purposes.

The competition, a collaborative effort of Xylem Water Solutions, Water Technology, the Water Research Commission and other key stakeholders in the water sector, seeks to identify a project that would best represent South Africa at the 2024 Stockholm Junior Water Prize in Sweden.

The stakes were high, with the winning team earning the opportunity to showcase their project on a global platform and compete against other talented learners from around the world.

THS principal Michael Ludick, who also mentored the learners, expressed his pride in the school’s consistent performance, highlighting that it was the second year in a row that the school clinched second position in the competition.

“For us, it is great exposure for our learners to showcase their technical skills. The project involved coding, electronics, civil technology and engineering graphics and design, which are subjects the learners do at school,” Ludick said.

“We had hoped for the first position, but the competition was fierce. We are, however, grateful for the bursaries the learners received. A highlight was that both learners and the educator were interviewed and received exposure on national TV.”

Ludick further emphasised the school’s commitment to preparing learners for the real world by creating platforms for them to showcase their engineering skills.

“We are a fully-fledged technical school and prepare our learners to be engineers and artisans. The success we achieve in these competitions proves that we are reaching our goals.

“Our motto for the year is ‘Technically we are the best’. We love proving this over and over again. Watch this space; more is yet to come,” Ludick concluded.

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