2020 Scholar Announced.

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that Sakhil'umuzi Ngcongwane has been awarded the 2020 DBREV scholarship to further his studies in Renewable Energy. This year there were 60 applications - our highest yet - and the competition was extremely tough. 

 We were impressed by the number of applicants showing passion and tenacity in their desire to make an impact on energy in Africa. While it is just not possible for us to support more than one scholar every year, we would like to wish all of you who put time and effort into your applications the very best and would urge you to stay in touch and remain part of the DBREV community as we seek to build intellectual capital in a vital area of our society.

Read more about Sakhil'umuzi on our Scholars page.

The Doug Banks Renewable Energy Vision is a South African initiative aimed at building intellectual capital in the field of Renewable Energy. 

Dr Doug Banks was a man who was passionate about meeting Africa's energy challenges through the development of Renewable Energy. Through a deep understanding of people and technology, Doug was able to speak to and shape national renewable energy policies.  A number of young professionals owe their career choice to Doug's enthusiastic mentorship. 

This initiative is set on finding undergraduate students, preferably from an engineering, scientific or technical background who are willing and able to carry forward Doug's passion and vision.

The Doug Banks Renewable Energy Vision Trust has been formed by friends and colleagues of Dr Doug Banks who, after his untimely death in July 2008, decided to create something that would become a legacy of a truly remarkable man.

Applications are now closed

Thank you to all who spread the word into the undergraduate community of South Africa.  It will be 2 years until we re-open applications for 2022.  We look forward to enabling and empowering yet another bright young mind and spirit to be part of changing Africa‚Äôs energy future.

Contact details -    email : info@dougbanks.co.za,    post: P.O.Box 13022, Mowbray, Cape Town, 7705, South Africa  


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