Africa is known worldwide as a continent fraught with challenges like the infrastructural development backlog. The baton of changing this perception has been passed to African youth to make the continent great again.
In the face of this, the Inspire Foundation Group Africa chairperson, Unathi September has been in the search for innovations which will provide solutions to the power outages which plague many township households.
September said, “This is our second Steam challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) which we host on an annual basis.
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“The objective is to expose learners from the townships and rural communities to technology and innovation so that they can provide solutions to their communities.”
“They were doing research on science, technology and engineering related problems and they were tasked with seeking solutions on the electricity shortages and energy in general.
“This competition provides a platform to township pupils who do not have the opportunity to compete in similar competitions held all over the country. They did their research for a duration of three months,” said September.
The winning school was Sebetsa Secondary School represented by Power Team. According to their leader Siyabonga Mtshali, they used cow dung to generate electricity.
He said, “We replaced the coal with cow dung and applied a similar method used for electricity generation from coal and our electricity is environmentally-friendly and cheaper for consumers. We dedicated four hours of every day of the week to fine-tuning our project,” said Mtshali.
September said there were 10 high schools which competed. Two from Tshepisong, two from Snake Park, two from Zola, two from Emndeni, one from Zondi and one from Dobsonville.
He said next the competition will be extended to primary schools and is sponsored by Grades Match and Australia Aid.
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