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.