Penreach once again took part in the South African Electric Vehicle Challenge held at the Mbombela Stadium race track on 21 May, as part of its Science enrichment programme.

Penreach fielded three teams, comprising Mayibuye, Mandlesive and Mhlume, all Penreach target schools. This would not be possible without the sponsorship, for the 6th year running, by Manganese Metal Company, MMC.

The Electric Vehicle Challenge is an annual event organised by the Rotary Project, to expose learners to scientific and engineering concepts as well as nurture innovation and creativity.The twelve learners from three Penreach target schools spent 150 hours between January and May working on the vehicles as a team.

The end result was 3 single seat, three-wheel battery-powered vehicles which participated in the one hour closed circuit race, the objective being to complete as many laps as possible. Two of the vehicles completed the race. The third car driven by crowd favourite, Nobuhle Mlahleki from Mandlesive High School was unfortunately involved in a minor crash with less than five minutes remaining on the clock. She was unharmed but the car could not be fixed quickly enough to get back on the track for the remaining laps. Nobuhle had however endeared herself to the crowd with her speed, driving ability and enthusiasm.

In addition to soft skills gained such as problem-solving and teamwork, learners also learnt practical skills such as welding.The participating learners are already preparing for next years edition, after this years hits and misses. “Penreach is a true nation builder and our school is honoured to be a part of this wonder family”. Mr Mdaka (Principal of Mhlume Secondary School)

Caption: Penreach Team, Siyabonga Magagula, Samkelo Thabethe and Ncedile Mnisi.

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