The Atlantis Special Economic Zone Company (ASEZCo) announced the winners of the first Atlantis Change Challenge for the Primary Secondary and College students of the Atlantis, Witsand, Pella and Mamre in April 2022.

Charlotte Perrang of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) explained: “The Atlantis Change Challenge 2022 (ACC2022) aims to create awareness of the concept of green economy and introduce the objectives of the ASEZCo among youth.”

She also added that the ACC2022 is directed at school learners and college students with a view of challenging and supporting them as they make positive changes today to influence tomorrow in their own communities.

For this year’s challenge competitors were invited to submit their prototype/model demonstrating how renewable energy can bring change to their schools, colleges, and community by incorporating elements of the green economy and green technology. The judging took place at the Atlantis SEZ offices, where students presented their models and had to do an active demonstration of how these models worked.

Wesfleur Primary took first prize in the primary schools’ category. The skillful youth team from Atlantis School of Skills won the secondary school category, while the West Coast TVET College took the honours in the college category.

Mpho Tshotetsi, a West Coast TVET College student who was part of the winning team said: “Participating in ACC2022 introduced me to the Renewable Energy concept, which was completely new to me. I am an Electrical Engineering student, and this competition provided me with a deeper understanding of Greentech and how it can be used successfully in our communities.”