SAEEC / Partnership Scholarships to Deserving Individuals
The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency, in co-operation with sponsoring companies, award scholarships to the value of R15 000 to students with an excellent academic record in previous years of study. The scholarships are awarded in support of transformation of the energy sector, with particular emphasis on Engineering, Built Environment and Environmental Studies.
A total of 44 entries were received this year. The top ten finalists were selected and adjudicated by the SAEE Technical Bursary Committee. Three student scholarships were awarded this year.
Wesley Collair, a 3rd year Chemical Engineering student at the University of Cape Town is the winning student for the 2016 programme. He also holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from UCT. Wesley’s scholarship is sponsored by Ensight Energy Solutions. Ensight Energy Solutions offers insightful engineering solutions to the Built environment. These solutions always consider sustainability and energy efficiency within the discipline of Building Services.
Lwazi Mdladla, a 2nd year Mechanical Engineering student at the Mangosuthu University of Technology wins the scholarship sponsored by Energy and Combustion Services (ECS). ECS is a technology company delivering high-performance energy and emissions management solutions to customers ranging from large industrial and mining companies to commercial sites.
Sponsored by the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF), Verné du Preez, is the winner of a scholarship specifically earmarked for a female. Verné is currently a 2nd year Beng student at the NWU Potchefstroom campus. EnTF’s vision is to broaden South and Southern Africa's pool of knowledge in the energy efficiency sector. EnTF is the sole approved training partner of the US-based Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) in the Southern African region, and the affiliated training provider of the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE). For the first time, the Energy Training Foundation (ENTF) sponsored a scholarship bursary for a female student in an effort to promote women in the energy efficiency space.
Karel Steyn, President of the SAEE comments, “As an industry Association, we believe we have a vital and pivotal role to play in developing and training bright, young and enthusiastic minds. We continue to promote and endorse training programmes of many types that will be of benefit to the energy efficiency space, be it in the Built environment, engineering, environmental and energy efficiency, human resources, technology and business management.
On behalf of the SAEE, I wish to congratulate Wesley, Lwazi and Verné. Along with the bursary sponsors, we plan to work closely with them all, grooming and mentoring them as they progress,” concluded Steyn.