Five South African matriculants win trip to Antarctica

Posted by Kyro Mitchell on 21 January 2021

Five lucky South Africa matrics have won a trip of a lifetime that will see them venture to the icy continent of Antarctica at the end of January 2021.

The journey was made possible by a joint venture between Professional Provident Society (PPS) and Matrics in Antarctica, which was founded by global explorer, Riaan Manser, who held a competition to select the winners.

The group will be accompanied by Manser, along with a group of distinguished professors from Stellenbosch University lead by Professor Jonathan Jansen.

To enter the competition, students simply needed to answer a question, and those with the best answer were chosen to go on the journey.

The question was:

If saving nature and the environment is a world problem – how can YOU help? What can you do in your own hometown that you believe will make a positive impact on the planet and possibly Antarctica?’ 

The winners were chosen on January 11 during a Livestream even held by Matrics in Antarctica, which you can watch by clicking here.

The five winners are:

-Thea J Earnest from Mountview Secondary School in KwaZulu Natal,

-Kelby Barker from Diocesan School for Girls in Eastern Cape,

-Cobus Burger from Hoërskool Duineveld in the Northern Cape,

-Boiketlo Lamula from Sedaven High School in Gauteng,

– Ayakha Melithafa from the Centre of Science and Technology in the Western Cape.

‘These young scientific minds will benefit through this experiential learning opportunity of a lifetime. We believe that this will be a gamechanger in their lives and help to supercharge their academic goals in the careers they pursue,’ said Ayanda Seboni, Executive: PPS Brand, Marketing & Communications, as reported by Good Things Guy.

Once they arrive in Antarctica, the students will take part in a variety of activities, scientific experiments, and survival lessons. They will also have a chance at setting a new Guinness World Record for the fastest 100-metre sprint on the continent.

‘PPS would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the top five students whose submissions have set them on an adventure of a lifetime in Antarctica,’ added Seboni.


Picture: Twitter/@AnneMortier1


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