South African College School, Newlands, 2014
Current Place of Residence: Johannesburg
University: University of Cape Town
Current/Recent Course: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (2012)
Other Information: Matthew graduated last year with First Class Honours, winning the Aurecon Gold Award and the Cape Town Corporation medal for the best academic achievement in civil engineering, and was awarded the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction Prize for his work on wind turbine support structures. Since then, Matthew has worked as a civil/environmental engineer, for water management projects on mines in South Africa, focusing on the reinstatement of rivers over previously mined land. He served as vice-chairperson of the UCT Mountain and Ski Club and was involved in Siyenyuka, the club's outreach programme. He has organised Habitat for Humanity builds and established a food redistribution scheme at his school. Matthew is a keen sportsman and in 2011 his mountaineering team won the UCT Sports Performance of the Year award for their expedition to the Indian Himalaya. For relaxation, he plays soccer and enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking and trail running. In the long-term, he is committed to improving water access, security and resource management in Southern Africa.