The KZN Science Centre Chief Executive Officer, Ms Candice Potgieter, has once again been recognized as the recipient of the Future for her outstanding contribution to the world of Science and Technology, Leaders Youth Awards 2013, in the Science Innovation category, which was held at the Olive Convention Centre last Friday.

This award, supported by The Department of Economic Development and Tourism, recognizes young South Africans under 35 who have excelled in their respective fields and are contributing to a meaningful society by serving as positive role models to the youth.

Future Leaders is a project aimed at “holistically molding the youth into responsible Future Leaders. As a result, the Future Leaders programmes “speak to the mind, the heart, the soul of a young person.”

“I feel humbled and honoured to be the recipient of such a prestigious award” said Potgieter. “This award acknowledges not only my personal achievements but also the significant contribution that The KZN Science Centre is making to our youth in spite of the harsh economic conditions that a non-profit organization endures.”

Since taking on the role of CEO, Potgieter has reshaped The KZN Science Centre to ensure the sustainability and viability of the organisation as a leading non-profit organisation in going above and beyond to fulfil the centre’s mandate of providing quality education and science awareness to both learners and the general public. The result of this is evident: The KZN Science Centre’s visitor base has rocketed from 40 000 in 2010/11 to over 110 000 in 2011/12. Her strong passion for and dedication to science education, is motivating Potgieter to go full speed ahead in ensuring that every child in KZN becomes science literate.

Potgieter is a firm advocate of the power of education and the critical role it plays in empowering society. With this award under her belt, she intends to utilize the opportunities that come with it to encourage more science communication and awareness amongst peers, governmental agencies and corporates alike.



Issued on behalf of: The KZN Science Centre

Press release compiled by: Chantal Motilall

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