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Energize Sponsors of the special Hendrik van der Bijl Awards
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Sponsors of the special Hendrik van der Bijl Awards

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Following EE Publishers’ call for sponsors for the Hendrik van der Bijl Awards at the 2013 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, it is pleasing to advise that the value of the awards sponsored has increased from R44 000 in 2012 to over R122 000 in 2013.

In addition to the generous donations received from the companies listed below, EE Publishers’ donation of R5000 in cash was awarded to each of the following recipients:

  • Sumaiya Sidat and Nazihah Hoosen, from Mafikeng High School, for their project “The measure of mercury”.

  • Tebatso Jack Senosha from Bokamosos Secondary School, for his project, “Prosthetic leg with powered joints”.

  • Paul Stansell from Sacred Heart college, for his project “Can we grow plants in a Martian atmosphere?”.

  • Johannes Ebersohn from Eduplex High School, for his project  “Nodelyne en sout”.

A special thanks to all the sponsors listed below, and in particular to Dr. Stafford Smithies of Victor Solomon & Associates, Hans van de Groenendaal of EE Publishers, and the Hendrik van der Bijl Awards organisers for their sterling efforts.

  • ABB: R5000

  • Actom: R3000

  • AEL Mining Services: R5000

  • Battery Ventures (USA): R5000

  • Communica: R5000 vouchers

  • Copper Development Association of Africa: R20 000

  • DetNet South Africa: R6000

  • EE Publishers: R20 000

  • Eon Consulting: R10 000

  • Explolabs: R2000

  • Hatch Goba: R10 000

  • ITC Services: R4000

  • MinPay: R3000

  • RS Components SA: Raspberry Pi computer

  • SA Radio League: R3000

  • Schneider Electric SA: R10 000

  • Square kilometre array (SKA): Site visit and bursary

  • Society of Telkom engineers: R2000

  • Steinmüller Africa: R5000

  • United States Mission to South Africa: 18 Books

  • Victor Solomon and Associates: R2000 and a robotic camera

This brings to R122 000 the value of the awards sponsored this year, plus an SKA bursary and products in kind.

The 2013 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists national finals were held from 25 to 28 September at the Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg. Presentation of the Special Awards took place at a dinner and special awards ceremony on  27 September with the main prizegiving and lunch hosted on 28 September.

Background

Supporting the annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists means far more than spending a few thousand rand from the corporate social investment budget – it is an investment in the development of skills to support the future of South Africa.

More than 60 000 learners from schools in 26 regions around the country submit their science projects at the regional expos, demonstrating their research, design, entrepreneurship, innovation and inventiveness. Then, over 1000 learners participate in the national finals.

Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded at the regional and national finals. A number of special awards also recognise outstanding projects, and selected learners are also offered the opportunity to participate in international science fairs.

The special Hendrik van der Bijl Awards are broad-based, with awards available for all aspects of science, technology, engineering mathematics and innovation exhibited at the expo.

To simplify the handling of award funds, EE Publishers administers the financial aspects of the awards programme and, in addition, provides special awards for the best entries from township and rural schools, and from young women.

Contact Chris Yelland, EE Publishers, Tel 011 543-7000, chris.yelland@ee.co.za

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