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MEC Boshielo delighted by learner’s invention to curb human trafficking

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MEC Boshielo delighted by learner's invention to curb human trafficking

MEC Boshielo delighted by learner's invention to curb human trafficking

Limpopo MEC for Department of Education, Polly Boshielo is delighted by news of a learner who has invented a device that can help in the fight against crimes on women and children.

Bohlale Mphahlele is a young scientist who has invented an “Alerting Ear Piece”, which can track victims of human trafficking and gender based violence. She is a grade 11 learner from SJ van der Merwe Technical High School in Lebowakgomo Circuit, Capricorn South District.

The device was recently showcased at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, in the category for Engineering-electronics and embedded systems. It is a small object that can be inserted in earrings and capture photos of perpetrators, enabling the police to quickly identify them.

“The past few weeks have been difficult on us as sector, when we experienced the tormenting pain of gender based violence on our learners. It is a difficult thing to go through as a mother and a leader. We are always looking for answers and ways to protect our children, and this invention by our learner gives me hope that we shall overcome. I am firm believer in technology and its capacity to address some of the challenges we encounter. It is a proud moment to see that all our efforts towards improving technical schools in the province are yielding results. Congratulations to Bohlale, peers and the team of educators that is rallying behind her in this technological endeavour” said MEC Boshielo.

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