Heide Berge (Bervliet High), who won a gold medal at the Olympiad, is registered for mechatronics; Michael Malahe (Rondebosch Boy's High) also won gold and has signed up for a BSc; Yashil Desai (Durban High) collected a silver medal and is studying actuarial science in the business science stream; Faith Chaza (Kingswood College) won a bronze medal and is also registered for actuarial science; and Keabetswe Sethlare (HoÃ«rskool Nylstroom) has registered for a BSc.
"It is reassuring to experience this kind of potential in the field of physics and I believe this first-ever Physics Olympiad in South Africa will set the scene for it to become an annual event," said Olympiad convenor Rijsdijk.
The Olympiad was part of the Department of Science and Technology's support of the United Nations International Year of Physics campaign to remind the youth that physics is part of everyday life. The campaign's slogan is It's your Physics.
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