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Friday, 01 November 2019

Incredible student stuns world with energy research

SPECTACULAR: Nambua "Elizabeth" Nteka, An MEng: Mechanical student, bagged accolades at the recent International Conference on New Energy and Future Energy Systems for her incredible research. SPECTACULAR: Nambua "Elizabeth" Nteka, An MEng: Mechanical student, bagged accolades at the recent International Conference on New Energy and Future Energy Systems for her incredible research.

A Masters student in Mechanical Engineering scooped the Best Research Paper and Best Presentation accolades at this year’s International Conference on New Energy and Future Energy Systems (NEFES 2019).

For her concerted efforts, Nambua Nteka was awarded a free entry to next year’s NEFES conference in Xi’an, China, as a guest speaker. Elizabeth, as she is affectionately known by her peers, says the title of her presentation and journal article is Design and Performance of 1.5 Axis Sun Tracking Concentrated Photovoltaic System.

The NEFES Conference, which took place recently at Macau University of Science and Technology in China, promotes scientific interchange among researchers, developers, engineers, students, and practitioners from all over the world.

“It’s a great feeling, when looking at where I come from,” says the international student of Angolan origin. She adds that after going against her father’s desire for her to start working immediately after completing her national diploma, he stopped supporting her financially.

“At the beginning of 2017, I used my last money to buy a flight ticket back to Cape Town to enrol towards my BTech degree,” she says. She adds that throughout that year she survived with only R100 per month or less.

Fortunately for her, around June 2018 she was awarded a National Research Foundation bursary which covered most of her debt at the university. Her benefits as a tutor and Residence Student Assistant also go towards her tuition and accommodation fees.

Elizabeth had to apply in order to participate at the conference. “I sent a short abstract of my research and was invited to go present,” she continues. “The novelty of my work and its extent were the main reasons they accepted my research work as part of their conference.”

She adds that nothing can prevent one from achieving what one is determined to achieve. She thanks Anglo Residence house parent, Bulelwa Dlephu, and her supervisor, Dr Kant Kanyarusoke.  

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.