Young sci­en­tists on a mis­sion


Young sci­en­tist Sim­fumene Tshona (16), has cre­ated a sys­tem that can mon­i­tor and de­tect elec­tric­ity theft and il­le­gal con­nec­tions.

The Grade 11 learner from Nyanga Se­nior Sec­ondary School in Eng­cobo, East­ern Cape won the award for Eskom Expo Best Fe­male project when she com­peted at the Mthatha re­gional fi­nals of the Eskom Expo for Young Sci­en­tists In­ter­na­tional Sci­ence Fair (ISF) com­pe­ti­tion.

Founded in 1998, the Mthatha re­gional Eskom Expo forms part of 35 re­gional sci­ence ex­po­si­tions na­tion­wide held an­nu­ally be­tween July and Septem­ber.

Sim­fumene’s project mon­i­tors the link be­tween me­ter boxes and trans­form­ers which make il­le­gal con­nec­tions and di­rectly tack­les the point of il­le­gal con­nec­tion – a ma­jor chal­lenge fac­ing Eskom and the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

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