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Thursday, 12 September 2019

CPUT prospects for industrious learner

SCIENCE GEEK: Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, hands over a cheque of R30 000 to Saamiya Van Niekerk, a Grade 11 South Peninsula High School learner, as the most deserving learner at last year’s Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. SCIENCE GEEK: Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, hands over a cheque of R30 000 to Saamiya Van Niekerk, a Grade 11 South Peninsula High School learner, as the most deserving learner at last year’s Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. Kwanele Butana

CPUT has awarded a R30 000 scholarship bursary for the most deserving learner at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientist to Grade 11 South Peninsula High School’s Saamiya Van Niekerk.

She can use the funds to study any course at CPUT and the bursary is renewable annually, depending on the successful completion of each academic year.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, handed over the cheque to the soft- spoken learner at a luncheon held on the Bellville Campus. This was a compliment for achieving a gold medal at the Cape Town Regional Eskom Expo for Young Scientists competition in August last year. The 17-year-old triumphed over a stiff competition from 731 other learners from 56 different schools in Cape Town.

The Expo is a science exhibition where learners showcase projects and Saamiya’s project was titled; “Converting sound pollution to energy.”

Nhlapo thanked her family and said: “We are proud of you [Saamiya], I am sure you will come and register at CPUT.” He added that the country needed people like her and that there was a need to put premium and investment in education.”

Saamiya said it took passion and dedication including 11 months of “countless sleepless nights to beat other competitors”. She also won a silver medal at the annual 2018 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair in Boksburg.

The “extremely grateful” learner said: “I thank CPUT for this, I will come register here [after matriculation]. There were several nights where I would be awake, capturing and analysing data until the next morning when I have to get ready for school. But it was worth it.”

Her mentor, Jawina Jansen, described her as having always been a quiet and lovely child. “[She is] full of life, very dedicated. She really enjoyed the challenge. It is always a pleasure working with her.”

South Peninsula High School principal, Zeid Baker, said Saamiya inspired a lot of her schoolmates. “She has the right mindset; she is destined for success.”

Written by Aphiwe Boyce