KZN twins

KZN twins to represent SA in Sweden. Image by Pixabay/Pexels

KZN twins to represent SA in Sweden later this year

KZN twins, Sanelisiwe and Sandisiwe Nhlozi will be representing SA in Sweden later this year after winning the SA Youth Water competition.

KZN twins

KZN twins to represent SA in Sweden. Image by Pixabay/Pexels

Sanelisiwe and Sandisiwe Nhlozi,15-year-old twins from KZN, will be representing South Africa at the 2024 Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition in Sweden in August.

SA Youth Water competition

The KZN twins represent the Buhlebemfundo Secondary School. They won this year’s SA Youth Water Prize competition at Xylem Water Solutions in Kempton Park, Johannesburg. Their winning project is called ‘Drop-Drop’ and is an innovative water awareness project, according to IOL. They won the first-place trophy and a R25 000 allowance. Additionally, they won tickets to Sweden, laptops, and bursaries to a university of their choice.

The SA Youth Water Prize competition takes place through a partnership between various stakeholders, e.g. the Department of Water and Sanitation, Xylem Water Solutions, Water Technology, and the Water Research Commission. The aims of the competition include educating learners about water-resource management issues, water-use efficiency, and water quality monitoring. Additionally, it aims to create awareness around the protection of water resources, and public health and hygiene.

Twins excited about winning

The twins were very excited afterwards.

“We are so emotional right now. We are so grateful to the teachers, mentors and everybody who supported us this far, and our family.”

Sanelisiwe and Sandisiwe Nhlozi

Pumla Ncumshe, from the Department of Water and Sanitation congratulated the winners and emphasised the importance of the competition. She furthermore said that they are inspired by the dedication and creativity that the twins displayed.

“Best of luck to Sanelisiwe and Sandisiwe as they represent South Africa on the international stage.”

Pumla Ncumshe

Kimberly Technical School secured the second place in this year’s competition. The Middleburg Muslim Secondary School in Mpumalanga came third. Learners from all nine provinces who reached the national finals received bursaries and laptops to support their academic pursuits.

The KZN twins will showcase their project on a global platform and compete against other talented learners from around the world at the 2024 Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition in Sweden in August.

Water education

Water is a vital resource for all living things on Earth and this competition points out the importance of educating the youth about water resources and conservation. Although water is such an extremely important resource, many often take it for granted.

Grasping the concept of drought and water scarcity is important, particularly among the youth who can make a difference in the future. With climate change increasing water scarcity around the world, it’s essential to inform learners about drought and water scarcity. By understanding these concepts, the youth, like Sanelisiwe and Sandisiwe Nhlozi, can become advocates for water conservation and find ways to use water more efficiently. 

Educating the youth about water matters is crucial with the result that we will have future ambassadors making a difference.