Eskom: Empowering Minds and Communities
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A flicker of interest ignited by a book on astronomy led a young mind to delve into the mysteries of the universe, developing an appetite for understanding the complex workings of everything from subatomic particles to galaxies. This passion was nurtured and given a platform to shine at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists.
Now in its 42nd year, the Eskom Expo has been a beacon of scientific inspiration for South Africa’s youth. Each year, over 100,000 students from 35 regions are electrified by the possibilities of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The expo acts as a launchpad, giving curious minds the boost they need to reach for the stars and fuel the country’s future with innovation and intellectual prowess.
Yet, the Eskom Expo is only one facet of Eskom’s work. Beyond the glittering spectacle of the science fair, Eskom has been a key player in illuminating communities across South Africa. In 1991, only 34% of the country had access to electricity. Fast forward to the present, and the figure stands at a remarkable 90%, with over six million homes powered, making South Africa the leading electrified country in Africa.
The transformative power of electricity is most evident in communities like Mfuleni. In a world empowered by electricity, local entrepreneurs have seen their dreams take shape. For a vetkoek seller, electricity enables her to cook and warm food for her customers. For a beauty salon owner, electricity powers the appliances she needs to enhance the beauty of her clients.
The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists and the electrification efforts are a testament to Eskom’s commitment to the country’s growth. By providing platforms for young minds to flourish and by electrifying communities, Eskom is not just lighting homes and streets but also the path to a prosperous, sustainable future. Through science and electricity, Eskom is powering dreams, ambitions, and a thriving nation.
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