On 11August 2016, Necsa welcomed learners from Lompec College, Lighthouse Christian College, Saulridge High and Serokolo Secondary Schools during the 3rd day of National Science Week. Click here for more pictures.
They were welcomed by Dr Motodi Maserumule, Divisional Executive for Research and Development. In his opening remarks, he mentioned that South Africa needs to invest more in future scientists, to grow the economy of the country. He further emphasised that children of today have access to information and they can be whoever they want, if they focus on their studies. Also, that one’s background does not stop you from being who you want to be in life! He encouraged the female learners, saying that South Africa needs more female scientists and engineers!
Necsa hosted about 300 learners from three different schools around Gauteng and North West on day two of the National Science Week. They were welcomed by Ms Mosa Rasweswe Acting Group Executive: Nuclear Compliance & Services. During her opening statement, she asked learners which subject they enjoy most between science and maths? Very interesting how learners love science but hate maths, they said it is because maths is very difficult.
She further emphasised the importance of maths and science and encouraged them to study these subjects because they form part of our everyday lives. She emphasised that both maths and science contribute to the country's economic growth. South Africa needs more scientists for new developments and innovation to take place!
Necsa kicked off the 2016 National Science Week on Monday, 08 August 2016. About 300 learners studying science attended the opening at the NVC. The event was graced by the Chairman of the Necsa Board, Dr Kelvin Kemm, and the CEO of Necsa, Mr Phumizile Tshelane.
The CEO encouraged the learners to take maths and science as subjects to help create solutions to the many challenges we are facing. He told a story of a young man from the Eastern Cape called Siya Xuza who have had a planet named after him for his scientific achievements. He encouraged the youth to bring changes to the future relating the example of how cellphones have evolved over the years, mainly achieved through maths and science. Dr Kemm reminded learners of their responsibility to innovate and push the development of Africa forward. He encouraged learners to find African solutions for African problems.
The activities of the day included presentations, a science show and walk-through of The Visitor Centre.