NWU students head for Russia after winning nuclear energy video competition

Marelize Santana -- Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:10

NWU students head for Russia after winning nuclear energy video competition

Two honours students at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Centre for Applied Radiation Science and Technology, Koketso Kgorinyane and Pinkie Mereyotlhe, have been selected to visit Rosatom Nuclear Power Company in Russia for a week from 11 December 2017.

They were among the top three African winners of the 2017 Rosatom student competition.

Rosatom is the only company in the world able to offer the complete nuclear power cycle. This ranges from the nuclear fuel supply to nuclear power plant (NPP) construction and operation, and from nuclear medicine to reprocessing of spent fuel, as well as technologies for the safe storage of nuclear waste and finally the decommissioning of NPPs.

In the competition, the students were expected to make a video of 60 to 90 seconds on the following topics:
- Debunking the myths around nuclear
- Non-energy benefits of nuclear (irradiation, medicine)
- Nuclear as the future of a low-carbon energy mix
- Benefits of nuclear energy for Africa

The video could either be animated or filmed and had to be shared on YouTube.

The two students made a video on the topic, “Debunking the myths around nuclear”. Their video was one of the top six in Africa and was then voted among the top three.

When asked how it feels to have fared so well in the competition, Koketso had this to say:

“We are very excited to have been selected amongst the winners of this competition. The trip will benefit us academically and expose us more to the field of nuclear science as our field of study.”


Off to Rosatom in Russia are honours in nuclear radiation students Koketso Kgorinyane and Pinkie Mereotlhe.