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Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two 2nd-year Physics students - Tamera Morgan and Elizabeth van der Merwe competed in the Rosatom Atoms for Africa Online Video Competition and received the topmost marks from all jury members – winning them a trip to Russia as special guests of Rosatom.

The students made a video titled “The Nuclear Energy Revolution” and entered it in the Atoms for Africa competition. It focusses on a clean, energy technology to mitigate climate change, particularly on the molten salt reactor and thorium as fuel. These two students had only attended a few nuclear physics classes before creating the video. 

“The deputy CEO came to the physics department around August to present the competition to a few students and after that we decided to enter. We wrote a script under the guidance of Professor Jan Neethling who has been so supportive through this whole process” said Tamera.

They were the first students from the University to enter this competition and the only South Africans to make the top 10 this year.

The top three winners were decided based on the number of “likes and comments” on the Facebook page but Tamera and Elizabeth’s video was so impressive that they were invited to join the trip as special guests based on the fact that the judges (who chose the top 10 out of 66 videos) scored their  video the highest.

The trip is planned for December when they will visit nuclear facilities in Russia.

Contact information
Prof Jan Neethling
Tel: +27 41 504 2143