FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9 February 2010
TUT STUDENT TO REPRESENT SOUTH AFRICA AT AN INTERNATIONAL EVENT
A student of the Tshwane University of Technology will represent South Africa at an
international environmental event to be held in May 2010.
Tribute Mboweni, a B Tech: Ecotourism student, was chosen by the G8/G20 Youth
Summit team to represent South Africa as the Minister of Environment in Vancouver,
The 2010 G8/G20 Youth Summit is organised by Canadian student volunteers who
recognise the lack of youth initiative in the G8 and G20 summits. It is an interactive
educational forum that aims to help young leaders learn about the processes of the G8
and G20. During the Youth Summit, young leaders from G8 and G20 member nations
will meet in Vancouver to discuss international affairs and promote their nations' policies
through modelling the processes of the real G8/G20 summits.
In 2006, the first G8 Youth Summit was held in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2007,
Germany hosted the second G8 Youth Summit in Berlin. In 2008, the third G8 Youth
Summit was held in Yokohama, Japan. In March 2009, Italian students hosted the
Summit in Milan. In May 2010, Canadian students will host the Summit in Vancouver.
Last year, Mboweni became one of the two young environmentalists who went to
Germany after being announced winners of the Bayer Young Environmental Envoys
competition. Tribute's competition entry, Project 23, The Green Movement, an
environmental education and social upliftment programme at schools in Atteridgeville,
impressed the judges and she walked away with the grand prize. Project 23 started as
an idea to celebrate Mboweni's graduation.
“I feel very honoured. Last year in Germany, the trip was about my individual projects.
But this one is places a huge responsibility on me as I have to represent South Africa on
environmental issues. I have to be up to date with environmental issues across the
globe. I am ready for this challenge. I am really excited and am looking forward to going
to Canada,” she said.
Mboweni needs sponsorship to travel to Canada and attend the event. The sponsorship
will be used for participation fee (600 Canadian dollars), travel costs, etc.
In his congratulatory message for Ms Mboweni, Prof Pieter Marais, Executive Dean of
the Faculty of Science said: “We are very proud of our students’ achievements in the
Faculty of Science. Representing South Africa as Minister of Environment is indeed a
huge honour and a definite feather in the cap for not only Tribute, but also her lecturers
and the University as a whole. We wish her all the best in Canada and are very
confident that she will fly the flag high for South Africa.
For more information on the 2010 G8/G20 Youth Summit, please visit
www.g8youthsummit.org or contact Sachi Lovatt, Secretary for YouthCan for
International Dialogue, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-778-960-3636.
NB. Should you wish to speak to Mboweni, please contact Gilbert Mokwatedi at 012 382
4291 or 083 713 4478.
Photos of Tribute available on request.
For more media information on the Tshwane University of Technology, please contact:
Tel: 012 382 4291
Cell: 083 713 4478