UP Education student wins Miss Earth SA

Irini Moutzouris, a final year student in the Faculty of Education, has been crowned Miss Earth SA.

Moutzouris said, “To me, being a Miss Earth South Africa winner means being a role model to fellow South Africans and an ambassador and voice for the environment and creating awareness about the environmental problems we face on a daily basis, especially in waste management.”

Moutzouris entered the Miss Earth SA competition as part of her community project for Visual Arts in the Department of Humanities Education – a project promoted by 2016 Miss Earth SA finalist Nicolette Human, also a student at UP.

Moutzouris said, “Education around waste and recycling is key. It is everyone’s responsibility and I believe that we all need to be re-educated on waste and our own role in the waste management of the city.”

Later this year, Moutzouris will represent South Africa in the Philippines.


UP supports Eskom Expo for Young Students

The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, held between 3 and 6 October, was supported by UP.

Three UP faculties awarded five bursaries, valued at R78 000, to five grade 11 and 12 learners.

The Expo was started 37 years ago and gives learners in grades 7 to 12 a chance to showcase their science projects in various categories.

Rahil Samlal, from St Dominic’s Academy in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), won the prestigious UP Derek Gray Award. This award includes a full bursary to study at UP and a sponsored trip to Sweden to represent Africa at the International Youth Science Seminar, held in December.

The EBIT Faculty awarded three bursaries of R10 000 each to grade 12 learners from schools in Vhembe, Mthatha and KZN.

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences awarded two bursaries of R24 000 each to two learners from KZN.


Compiled by: Henri Uys

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