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Matrics in Antarctica

Matrics in Antarctica

2 February 2022

Congratulations to Anika Le Roux of Paarl Girls’ High School who is one of five South African students to win an opportunity to travel to Antarctica for an educational adventure of a lifetime!

Le Roux, Keaton Stanfeld of Jeppe High School for Boys, Kgosatsana Mabalane of St Michael’s School for Girls, Mattheus Wessels of Grey College and Tsoaledi Hlakudi of Brainline will embark on a 6-day all-inclusive Antarctica adventure in February where they will learn more about sustainability, the diverse ecosystem and conservation.

This epic adventure was founded by pioneering explorer Riaan Manser. The first Matrics in Antarctica competition was hosted in 2020.

The competition was open to all 2021 matric learners in South Africa. Learners had to submit an essay and the top 100 essays were narrowed down to 50, 10 and the eventual top five winners.

The names of the winners were announced on 14 January 2022 with an introduction to each winner on the Matrics in Antarctica Facebook page.

Le Roux wrote that protecting and returning our environment to a comfortable state should be on everyone’s list of priorities. “It is extremely important to me because I appreciate nature and people within the environment and therefore with a protected environment, nature and my community will be protected."