Meet the winners of group C (grade 11 – 12) in this year’s Brain Waves Development essay competition. Two winners share first place – congratulations! Topics include climate change and the effect of Covid-19 on learners’ communities.


Lebogang Masebulele from Edward Phatudi Secondary School in Gauteng

“In today’s world, we are facing a death blow which does not only have a disadvantage in our lives but it damages our precious planet Earth, and that is Climate Change.”


Omphile Mokoena from Leap Science and Maths School in Gauteng

“As days turned into weeks, uncertainty filled the air. We could not understand whether the sound was of hunger or pain. In the evenings we put on fire woods and elders told us stories. That was the only way to keep us sane because nothing made sense.


Blessing Suke from Saulridge High School in Gauteng

“The people of Empindweni do not have access to water, electricity, just no access to basic service delivery. The village is too mountainous, and school children have to travel to dangerous valleys, rivers, and mountains.”


Kwena Mokwele from Edward Phatudi Secondary School in Gauteng

“Ignorance is dangerous. Many things are ruined by ignorance. Most people would do better, if they knew the consequences. However, the good news is that many things have changed as a result of the spread of information.” (Translated from Sotho)