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10 May 2022

Rustenburg – Seventeen-year-old Grade 12 learner from Gabonewe Secondary School in Madikwe just outside Rustenburg will be participating online in a prestigious science fair to be held in Altanta Georgia in the United States of America. 


Kutlwano Tshatiwa’s application, AlDoctor, will be one of the innovative inventions that will be showcased during the Regeneron Science and Engineering Fair from 7 to 13 May 2022. This fair is among the largest of its kind in the world and draws about 1,070 students from different countries annually.


His cellphone app assists with medical diagnosis by processing x-ray images. It also helps to diagnose skin cancer. AI-powered healthcare apps have the potential to revolutionise healthcare forever.

“My app can help determine if a person is suffering from pneumonia or skin cancer. My dream is to use technology to address health issues and some of the challenges that life throws at us every day,” Tshatiwa told Platinum Weekly.  


Tshatiwa, who will not be able to travel to the science fair, is receiving help from the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality (BPDM) to enable him to take part virtually. On Tuesday 3 May, the learner was handed R300 to purchase data that will enable him to be part of the showcase. 


BPDM executive mayor councillor Magdeline Nondzaba said Tshatiwa will be receiving R300 every month to enable him to carry out his research work. “You have done all of us proud and you must remain determined to continue succeeding,” the mayor said. 


Principal at Gabenewe Secondary School Jan Mokoena also spoke glowingly of Tshatiwa’s achievement. “He is a shining example to the other learners.”

 
Kutlwano’s mother, Tebogo Tshatiwa and his grandmother Mmapula Tshatiway, pledged to continue encouraging and supporting his ambitions. 


Tshatiwa, who has shown a keen interest in science, was awarded a bursary by Eskom. The bursary will give him a good start to achieve his dreams.  

Kutlwano Tshatiwa has developed an app that assists with medical diagnosis. 

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