Eutelsat Namibia award winners announced

30 Jan 2017 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JAN (NAMPA) – Multichoice Namibia on Monday announced the winners of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards 2016 at its headquarters in Windhoek.
Eighteen-year-old Pineas Mphadhi, who matriculated from Oshigambo High School in the Oshikoto Region last year, was the winner of the first place and prize of a Hisense LED television set.
Mphadhi is Namibia’s in-country winner, and his winning essay on the ‘Rainfall Satellite’ was entered into the overall DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, where he will compete with students from secondary schools or combined schools across the continent.
The overall winner of the competition is eligible for a trip for two to the Eutelsat facilities in Paris to witness a live rocket launch.
Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony, Mphadhi said it was a dream come true for him to compete with the best students on the continent.
“I did not think I would win the overall prize but I knew I was competitive,” he said.
Mphadhi said such platforms are good as they help the youth explore their educational potential.
He explained that his design was focused on finding a solution on the current water crisis in Namibia and other countries affected by the El Nino weather pattern.
Runner-up, Dieunovic Kanyinda,18, also applauded the initiative, saying other students must enter and display their talents to the world.
Kanyinda from Cosmos High School in Windhoek, said: “I know there are a lot of people with great, creative ideas out there, so I say to them use such platforms to display your talents”.
He illustrated how satellites could help reduce criminal activities and improve adherence to road traffic laws.
Third-placed Columbistine Mandizvidza, 17, from Dobra St Joseph’s High School north of Windhoek, named his satellite ‘Afristat’ and said it aims to link the future advancement of information and communication technology to economic transformation programmes that will benefit the African youth.
Rodger Gertze, general-manager of Multichoice Namibia, said the quality of entries in 2016 was high, showing that Namibia learners have what it takes when it comes to science and technology.
The DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards were established in 2010 with the aim of encouraging 14 to 19-year-old learners to write essays or design posters on a satellite that could improve the lives of Africans. Over 6 000 secondary school learners have taken part in these awards since its establishment.