"Boiler on wheels": Young black females invent water purifier for the poor

"Boiler on wheels": Young black females invent water purifier for the poor

Maboni Mmatli

Ramasela Mitchell Ramonyai and Mpho Emmarencia Mashangoane are the latest winners of HIP 2B2 3M Science, Maths and Technology innovation challenge. The two are 15 year olds grade 10 learners from Noordeland Hoerskool in Polokwane, Limpopo. Mitchell (on the right) is staying in Mankweng but is originally from Ga-Mamabolo village. As a grade 10 learner at school, she is doing Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Accounting, Mathematics, Sepedi (as a Home Language), English (as First Additional Language), and Life Orientation as her subjects of choice and says she wants to pursue chemical engineering as her career field. “My passion is chemical engineering and as such, I want to become a ground-breaking scientist”.

Also in grade 10, Mpho (on the right) is from Fauna Park and is doing Accounting, Economics, Computer Application Technology, Mathematics, Sepedi (Home Language), English (First Additional Language) and Life Orientation as her subjects of choice. “I would like to become a Charted Accountant or an Economist and assist our country in developing our rural sections by increasing the GDP of the country. I would like to see myself in possession of a PhD in these respective career fields”, so says they young inventor.

“From Hoërskool Noorderland, 7 groups submitted the project, out of which these girls were selected. I was confident that they would perform to their best ability, because they are really hardworking and enthusiastic learners in all facets pertaining to school work. They are very intelligent. Their brilliancy surely brought this success and their name will be written forever in golden letters. I wouldn’t hesitate to say that they are promising future leaders in helping the less fortunate to obtain a better standard of living”, so says Mrs Thomas – who worked with them on the project.


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