On this page you will find the winners in the three categories of the 2022 RSSAf Essay competition. Through the associated links, you will be able to read the winning essays. To see the results of the 2022 Essay competition as a whole, follow this link.


2022 International Year of Glass. What impact do you think glass has had on the world we live in today?

Winner: Trenowyn Giles, Grade 12, Bishops Diocesan College, Cape Town

The winning essay


Tesla is building a humanoid robot (“Optimus”). Would this be of benefit to humankind, or could it be an existential threat?

Winner: Shakila Africa, Grade 12, Wynberg Girls High School, Cape Town

The winning essay


In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which should be achieved by 2030. Pick any two or three of these goals and describe what effect you think climate change will have on South Africa’s progress towards that aim.

Winner: Lilitha Ontjies, Grade 12, Wynberg Girls High School, Cape Town

The winning essay