TWO Eastern Cape high schools each walked away with R100000 from this year's provincial environmental awards ceremony, held at East London's Regent Hotel on Tuesday.
St Christopher Private School in King William's Town and Focussed High School from the Alfred Nzo district were named equal winners this year.
Third place went to Theodor Herzl High School of Port Elizabeth, which received R50000.
Environmental Affairs general manager Albert Mfenyana said the competition was aimed at spreading environmental awareness and encouraging the youth to participate in environmental issues.
St Christopher physical science teacher Ernest Egbe said he was proud of his four pupils who won the competition, especially considering it was the first time the school had entered.
"The pupils gave their all in doing the research and presenting their idea," Egbe said. Their topic was "Renewable energy options – a solution to Eastern Cape poverty".
The competition is open to schools across the province. Mfenyana said the 2014 entries would be called for towards the middle of next year.