Pupil wins big in water competition
DRIAAN Lou-Kemp from Jim Fouche High School in Bloemfontein was on Wednesday awarded a trophy and laptop in front of his schoolmates, teachers and parents after he won the South African Youth Water Prize (SAYWP) competition.
Lou-Kemp, 16, who won a trip to Stockholm, Sweden, walked away with R8 000 in cash and was handed a tertiary bursary for any one of the 25 universities in South Africa to study civil engineering or water science related subjects.
The Jim Fouche High pupil invented a costeffective model that allows cold water to be diverted to a container and only allows water to flow out of the shower head when it is at the desired temperature. The saved cold water can then be used for other chores such as watering plants, washing dishes or drinking.
The invention topped those of LouKemp’s counterparts in other provinces.
Lou-Kemp accompanied Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane to Stockholm in August 2016 where he competed with other countries in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
He said he was elated to have won the prize and represent not only his school, but the Free State and the rest of South Africa.
The SAYWP is a science and technology collaboration between the Water and Sanitation Department and the Stockholm Water Foundation.
Department spokesperson Larry Crisp said the competition’s objectives were to promote the protection of the country’s natural resources and increase awareness amongst young people.
He said the programme also exposed and advanced the interest of youths in science and technology and motivated them to pursue water and sanitation careers.