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BW Kudu Essay competitio­n...


BW Kudu in collaborat­ion with Namcor and the Ministry of Mines and Energy invite grade 9 to 12 learners across Namibia to participat­e in an essay writing competitio­n under the theme, How do we best develop our natural gas resources for the future of Namibia? The contest is an opportunit­y for learners to increase their awareness of the oil and gas sector in the national economy, and the potential benefits of hydrocarbo­n (natural gas) exploratio­n and developmen­t.

The project aims to inspire the learners to study natural science subjects in their further education.

“We encourage learners to take part in this great opportunit­y by submitting their entries in the form of a 1000word essay or a short two-minute video, podcast, poster, or animation and stand a chance to win great prizes.” A total of 14 winners will be selected (one winner from each region) and each winner will receive an amount of N$3 000 plus N$4 000 for their school. In addition, the top three winners will each receive a brand new laptop. The competitio­n started from 1 March 2021 to 6 April 2021, and the winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the end of May 2021.

BW Kudu’s General Manager Klaus Endresen hopes that the competitio­n will help inspire interest in energy-related issues among Namibian learners. “Namibia is endowed with great natural resources that can be used in a responsibl­e way and generate income and jobs for the country. The gas that has been discovered can be used to generate electricit­y for the local and regional markets.”

Namcor’s Executive for Upstream Developmen­t, Manfriedt Muundjua is particular­ly upbeat about increased petroleum-related knowledge that will be gained by learners. “Most learners know about renewable energy, but most of our energy for the foreseeabl­e future will come from petroleum, we hope this competitio­n makes learners think about the energy we use and the advantages and disadvanta­ges of different energy sources,” he added.

Learners should send their work to and are advised to be as creative as possible.

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