Pupil wins big in wa­ter com­pe­ti­tion

The New Age (Gauteng) - - FREE STATE NEWS - MICHAEL TLHAKUDI prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

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.

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