Kelebogile Abrahams and Mahlohonolo Mosia, learnrs from Emang-Mmogo Comprehensive School in Northern Cape, are set to represent South Africa at the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. Their upcoming participation follows their win in the 2023 Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) National South African Youth Water Prize Competition.
The DWS competition, held annually, encourages schools to propose innovative water solutions and technologies. After a rigorous selection process, the winners are awarded at the Youth Water and Sanitation Indaba, held during National Youth Month in June. This year, Abrahams and Mosia emerged victorious, paving the way for their inclusion in the South African delegation to Sweden.
The global event in Stockholm features the Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition. This international event has been held annually since 1997 and attracts winners from nationally held competitions around the world. Their work is meticulously assessed by a jury of international water experts, and the prize is presented by HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
Previous participants in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize have been responsible for important innovations that have changed their communities for the better. The competition has also been instrumental in influencing career choices and encouraging a lifelong interest in water-related sciences.
Abrahams and Mosia’s participation in the upcoming World Water Week not only signifies their national victory but also represents the ongoing efforts of South Africa to foster youth engagement, innovation and leadership in water and sanitation initiatives. Their representation on the international stage highlights the potential impact of these programmes in advancing the global conversation about water resources