About 1,500 learners from around Phalaborwa got the opportunity to find out about careers in the scientific field during National Science Week. With the theme “The future of science and technology is in our youth’s hands” grade six and seven and grade 10 and 11 pupils descended on the Namakagale town hall to be exposed to technical careers and to meet scientific role models. These included a mining engineer, electrical engineer, a medical doctor and an ecologist.
A display set up by the Air Force also showed the excitement of a career as a pilot. The week’s activities were organised by Raymond Duba of the Palabora Foundation, together with the national Department of Science and Technology. Each province in the country had one venue supported by the department, and this year Phalaborwa was chosen as the host town.