About Matrics in Antarctica

Matrics in Antarctica is the brain child of pioneering explorer, Riaan Manser. This is a competition that is open every single matric student in South Africa from which 5 lucky matrics will be chosen to go on an educational adventure of a lifetime to Antarctica. They will be accompanied by Riaan and a group of distinguished professors from Stellenbosch University lead by Professor Jonathan Jansen.

Are you wondering what you need to do to enter? It is super simple, all that you would need to do is answer this question:

“If saving nature and the environment is a world problem - how can YOU help? What can you do in your own hometown that you believe will make a positive impact on the planet and possibly Antarctica?”

Riaan, Prof. Jansen and his team, and a representative from WWF South Africa will ultimately make the tough decision to choose the top 5 winners. You do not need to be a top 10 academic student or someone who has taken Maths and Science, we are just looking for an idea that we believe can make a difference.

Entries are open to ALL 2020 MATRICS so make sure to get your entry in now because entries close on 30 November 2020. The top 100 matrics will be chosen in December 2020 and finally the top 5 winners will be announced in January 2021 and will takeoff to Antarctica in January 2021 - make sure you are one of them!

Don't miss out on this epic adventure!

Meet the Team

The 5 lucky matric student will be join by pioneering explorer, Riaan Manser and a distinguished team of professors
from Stellenbosch Univertity lead by Professor Jonathan Jansen.

Riaan Manser

Pioneering explorer with 4 World First. His courage, determination and love for adventure is perfect to inspire the future leaders of South Africa.

Professor Jonathan Jansen

Recognised for his enormous contributions to education, he will lead the selection committee to choose the 5 lucky matric students who will journey to Antarctica to test their hypotheses based on their entry.

Professor Chris Reddy

He is a professor in Curriculum studies and co-ordinator of the Environmental Educational Program at Stellenbosch University, he will be joining the 5 winners in Antarctica to guide and assist with the hypotheses testing of the 5 chosen matrics.

Professor Fadli Wagiet

Distinguished professor Wagiet will be joining the expedition team to Antarctica. He will guide and assist the 5 matrics as they test their hypotheses to preserve a greener and more sustainable existence of our planet.

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