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Techno-X to inspire young minds

18 August 2005

Sasol's highly acclaimed Techno-X exhibition which aims to inform and inspire young South Africans in understanding Science and Technology will be hosted at the Boiketlong Hall in Sasolburg from 15 to 19 August 2005. The previous Techno-X exhibition attracted more than 35,000 visitors.

Mr. Mosibudi Mangena, the Minister of Science and Technology, said the Techno-X exhibition will strengthen the government's efforts to build public and private initiatives in urban and rural South Africa that showcase the critical role of science and technology in our society. "We congratulate Sasol on its Techno-X campaign and wish it every success, and encourage all potential partners and stakeholders to participate fully," said Mr. Magena.
"South Africa and the rest of Africa need well-qualified people to build and strengthen our economies in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. We need specialists in the fields of science and engineering and Techno-X serves as a platform to encourage learners to enter these fields of study." says Sasol ceo Pat Davies.
The Sasol Techno-X exhibition will feature numerous workshops and exhibitions, including 'Chemicals at Work to Improve Quality of Life', 'Mineral Beneficiation', 'Mineral processing as a career' and the 'Crazy Fizzchem Science show'. Of special note is the Practical Chemical Engineering workshop which is aimed at Grade 9-10 learners. This exhibition is a hands-on workshop where learners will use the ingredients of mathematics, science and technology combined with basic chemical engineering principles to produce profits.
One of the other interesting exhibitions is the 'Chemicals at Work to Improve Quality of Life' exhibition which is a scale model of Sasol's ammonia plant and a mine, as well as a presentation showing images of opencast mines. This will explain the production processes and the everyday uses of ammonia, hydrogen, ammonium nitrate, explosive detonators and related products, as well as different types of fertilizers.
The number of visitors to the Sasol Techno-X exhibition has increased year-on-year, and that this shows the commitment by South African's to understand the growing need to understand technology. Sasol currently sponsors in excess of 500 students at universities in support of their role in educating South Africans in the fields of science, engineering and technology.
Some of the other workshops and displays which will be presented at Techno-X include the following:
Chemistry in Action!
Chemistry is found in everyday life. Learn more about science and chemistry in these hands-on laboratory workshops.
Fantastic Plastic
Where do plastics come from? Are there different kinds of plastic? Get all your questions about plastic answered at the exciting Sasol Polymers stand. The display will present various applications of plastic materials found in everyday life, and will provide information on careers in the plastic industry.
Sasol is one the biggest fuel suppliers in South Africa. When you visit the research unit you will be informed about how Sasol test the performance of fuels and lubricants.
Rock Engineering
Learn how coal is formed, what the deposits look like underground and the safety aspects that are followed to ensure accident free extractions.
Science or Magic? You decide
This interactive and exciting show features fascinating science demonstrations aimed at educating learners about the importance and applications of science in daily lives.
More information on can also be obtained from www.sasoltechnox.co.za.

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