Youth in Science: FameLab SA 2017 Winner heads to International Finals in the UK. Watch Live!

As South Africa celebrates Youth Month in June, one of the country’s brightest young minds and the winner of FameLab South Africa 2017, Tshiamo Legoale, is heading to the UK where she’ll represent the country at the FameLab International Final 2017, at the FameLab International science communication competition on the 7th and 8th of June 2017.

Speaking on Channel Africa’s morning radio show, Africa Rise and Shine, the 27 year old Geologist from Mintek, a global leader in mineral and metallurgical innovation, said that winning the SA title was not just an exciting opportunity for her. “It’s also very humbling that I get to represent South Africa and tell the world that the research being done in this country can actually be at the forefront of the global research being communicated. But it’s also very humbling because it says that the work that I do is found to be relevant and it’s found to be very important to society”.

Tshiamo will be presenting her winning talk on phytomining, which involves growing plants on top of low grade ores. In South Africa, “we have an estimated 17.7 million tons of gold waste. All this gold was mined out previously, but tiny amounts of this gold remains in the dumps,” said Tshiamo who is researching a method of using wheat to harvest gold from these dumps.

The semi-final will be on the 7th of June and the final will take place on the 8th of June from 8.30pm-10.30pm UK time, at the Parabola Arts Centre in front of a packed Cheltenham Festival audience. You too can be part of the action as one of the digital audiences who will tune in to the live video streaming via the FameLab International Facebook page: .

You can also follow @zaBritish on Twitter for the latest updates from Tshiamo and keep up with the action by following @FameLab and @CheltSciFest. You can use #FameLab to join the conversation.

FameLab Team South Africa
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FameLab South Africa 2018 Expressions of Interest
Institutions or organisations involved in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) research, are invited to submit an expression of interest to host a heat for the 2018 competition cycle. Heats can be used to showcase your science and technology research within your organisation as well as an opportunity to build organisational capacity in science communication, through the training offered by FameLab SA partner, Jive Media Africa. Expressions of interest must be submitted on or before 15 June 2017. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for forms or visit  more information. Slots are filling up so submit your form early.