The Gauteng Province Minquiz team emerged victors for the second time since 2018 excelling with 205 points at the national Minquiz competition held at Mintek earlier this month. The Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal teams came second and third with 185 and 120 points respectively in the oral quiz stage after going head to head, eliminating the Eastern Cape and Free State provinces.
The 44 finalist who took part in this competition were selected amongst the 1050 participants in the provincial leg earlier in May 2019. The Gauteng team was represented by learners from Randpark High, Parktown Boys High and Greenside High Schools.
In the individual category, the overall Top Learner Award, issued to learners with the highest marks in the written test went to Declan Real and Harold Boa Cohn of Herzlia High School in Cape Town.
Khumo Sebe of Mmabatho High School, Northwest Province and Sonali Binga of Hoerskoel Drie Riviere in the Free State scooped awards in the Top Girl Learner category, which is awarded to the girls who obtain high marks in the written test.
“I have a great passion for mathematics, and want to study actuarial science when I complete my matric,” said a jovial Sebe, whose excellent skills in mathematics has allowed her the opportunity to compete in most maths and science competitions held countrywide.
She said, “Even though the North West province did not make it to the top five, I have learnt to accept that failure is part of learning and that one has to learn from failure in order to succeed.”
Addressing the learners on day one of the two-day event, Mintek General Manager for Corporate Service, Gugu Nyanda said, “Mintek views Minquiz as the start of a fruitful partnership with all the finalists who will contribute to Mintek’s research and innovation programmes in the near future.”
The event featured a University readiness workshop by PsConnect and a keynote address by Musa Kalenga.