BY REGINALD KANYANE
WATER and sanitation in partnership with education and sport development department have awarded three school pupils tertiary bursaries in Science and Engineering.
The department spokesperson, Katlego Mokaila said those who benefited excelled in the public-speaking competitions. Mokaila further said they targeted Mathematics and Science pupils.
“Three school pupils from Setumo High School in Mahikeng represented the province when they participated at the national public speaking competitions in the Eastern Cape recently. They competed against other provincial winners from across South Africa.
“Keitumetse Sebokanelo, Ontlametse Banda and Mmabatho Pule, who all hail from North West Province, attend at Setumo high school. They won themselves tertiary bursaries from water and sanitation department,” she said.
The competition started in 2011 and produced Grade 9, 10 and 11 winners from Tsogo high, Ferdinand Postman, Kebalepile, Tigerkloof and Setumo High Schools in North West.
Mokaila also said pupils were adjudicated while analyzing and developing solutions to alleviate the negative impacts of their chosen theme on South African water resources.
“Throughout their academic performance, the future of these pupils is bright. They will be studying for free at tertiary level in three years time. Already armed with bursaries and guaranteed employment, this encourages pupils to work harder on their studies,” she said.
Keitumetse Sebokanelo from Majemantsho said she wished to study geohydrology at the University of Durban. She encouraged pupils to follow their hearts and be passionate about what they love doing.
“I did not win last year. However I did not lose hope. I prepared for the competition and did my research instead. The general rules of the public speaking competition involve preparing a speech about climate change, alien invasive plants or water use efficiency and submit it to the department. The presentation was not easy, but it was through hard work. My parents are so excited and relieved about my bursary,” Sebokanelo said.