The Gauteng Province learners have won the 2018 Minquiz™ national competition held at Mintek last Friday, reclaiming their reputation as Maths, Science and Minerals whiz kids. Their victory did not come as a surprise; it is a testimony of hardwork, teamwork, motivation and mental stimulation learners received from participating in Minquiz™.
The winning team was represented by Mothibi Ramokgopa of Mondeor High, Uzzie Mkhumbuzi of Dr BW Vilakazi Secondary School, Liu Ireton of Parktown Boys High and Joshua Trace of Greenside High School.
Competing in the top five finalist provinces, Western Cape, North West, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape, Gauteng excelled with 140 points in the oral quiz stage of the competition while Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces took second and third place with 105 and 70 points respectively.
Ireton, a learner representing the wining team said, “The competition was very tough, it has sharpened our minds, and has taught us to be quick thinkers. I see Minquiz™ as a great opportunity and preparation for the upcoming final matric examinations.”
Addressing learners, Mintek’s Human Resources Manager, Hendrick Marobane said, “Mintek is great institution which provides a platform for human capital development and excellence. He encouraged learners to work hard and to be competitive globally and emulate the success of Tshiamo Legoale, a Mintek Scientist and winner of the 2017 International FameLab Competition that was held in Cheltenham, United Kingdom”.
The winner of the Top Learner Platinum category in the written test was Du Toit Spies, from Parel Vallei High School in the Western Cape, Tshumbedzo Panny Rambau of Hluvuka High School in Limpopo received awards in the Top Learner gold, and Top Girl learner gold categories.
Ogechikama Chimosaga Ogu, from St Patrick’s CBC in the Northern Cape, received the Top Girl Learner award in the Platinum category.
The 52 finalists in the competition were selected from best performing learners in the provincial leg of the competition held countrywide in May 2018.
The aim of Minquiz™ is to promote excellence in Physical Science and Mathematics, thereby fostering interest in careers in science, engineering and technology.
Entries for the 2019 MinquizTM competition will open in November 2018.
The first, second and third winning team members received R715, R495 and R275 and miniature trophies respectively while their schools represented in the first, second and third winning provincial teams received R3, 575, R2, 475 and R1, 375 .
The top learners in the platinum and gold category awards received laptops, while the top girl learners received R1100 each. All the 52 participants received WIFI android Tablets.
2nd Place Winner: Eastern Cape
|Dylan Nel||The Hill College|
|Aroyewyn Mahnood||Nasruddin Islamic School|
|Chaleigh Ownhouse||Alexander Road High School|
|Nishaan Vasi||Stirling High School|
3rd Place Winner: Western Cape Province
|Bulela Tshulisi||Cape Academy of Math, Science and Technology|
|Zainap Samuels||Spine Road High|
|Du toit Spies||Parrel Vallei High School|