IPL lifts Bisley pupil’s spirits

2009-05-22 00:00

A WEEK ago, eight-year old S’bongakonke Zuma and his family suffered a terrible loss when his mother, who was only 27 years old, died.

In a bid to lift his spirits, he was taken by his teacher to a DLF IPL double header in Durban, where he watched the Chennai Super Kings take on the Kings XI Punjab.

It was at the game that it was announced that S’bongakonke, who is in grade one at Bisley Park Primary School, received a scholarship from the DLF IPL worth R15 000, which will help him complete primary school.

The principal of Bisley Park Primary School, Brian Killeen, said that this was great news for S’bongakonke. “He will be able to use the money for his school fees and sports tours. He will be well looked after for the seven years that he is with us,” he said.

Theresa Holmes, the teacher who took him to the cricket, said that it was a life changing experience for S’bongakonke. “His grandmother had to quit her job in 2007 to look after her daughter who was ill at the time,” she said.

She said that S’bongakonke was quite excited that he had won the scholarship.

Zanele Mtini, S’bongakonke’s grandmother, said she is very happy that her grandson received the scholarship from the DLF IPL. “We are very thankful,” she said. “His mother has just passed away, so this proves that God works in wonderful ways.”

S’bongakonke, who’s a fan of Makhaya Ntini, said he would like to become a policeman.

Another scholarship winner at the game was Keyoolin Padayachee (12), a grade eight pupil at Maritzburg College.

CHAUFFEURED drives, a tour of the Lost City Palace and rubbing shoulders with influential women within business circles is what a grade 11 pupil of ML Sultan Secondary School can look forward to after winning the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Writing Competition.

Chevaughn Nagiah (16) (pictured) was announced as one of the top 10 winners by Cell C after weeks of adjudicating over 2 000 entries received country-wide. As a reward, she will be attending the Management and Leadership Development Confe­rence for Women in Business and Governance in Sun City next week, with nine other winners, all expenses paid.

Dhevan Naidoo, the head of department of languages at the school, said the competition was open to grade 10 to 12s across the country. He said it was not a typical writing contest. Winners were also judged on their responses to a series of questions posed.

“Because of the school holidays, we only found out about the competition two days before the deadline. The children had very little time to put this together, which is why Chevaughn’s win is so remarkable,” said Naidoo.

“She is an excellent student. I taught her in grade eight and now again in grade 11, and she has always been well mannered, dedicated and well-spoken. She generally stands out in the crowd and I think her private reading is what stands her in good stead.”

A poised Chevaughn said she was very excited to be one of the winners, but said it has not all sunk in yet.

She said the questions were mainly centered on changes needed within her community and how she, as a girl child, could make it better.

“The crux of my essay was on women’s empowerment and things we can do decrease crime and poverty. It is something close to my heart because we are all affected by it and someone has to take a stand,” she said.

CHAUFFEURED drives, a tour of the Lost City Palace and rubbing shoulders with influential women within business circles, is what a grade 11 pupil of ML Sultan Secondary School can look forward to after winning the Cell C take a Girl Child to Work Writing Competition.

Chevaughn Nagiah (16) was announced as one of the top ten winners by Cell C after weeks of adjudicating over 2 000 entries received country-wide. As a reward, she will be attending the Management and Leadership Development Conference for Women in Business and Governance Conference in Sun City next week, with nine other winners, all expenses paid.

Dhevan Naidoo, the head of department of languages at the school, said the competition was open to grade 10 to 12s across the country. He said it was not a typical writing contest. Winners were also judged on their responses to a series of questions posed.

“Because of the school holidays we only found out about the competition two days before the deadline. The children had very little time to put this together, which is why Chevaughn’s win is so remarkable,” said Naidoo.

“She is an excellent student. I taught her in grade 8 and now again in grade 11 and she has always been well mannered, dedicated and well spoken. She generally stands out in the crowd and I think her private reading is what stands her in good stead.”

A poised Chevaughn said she was very excited to be one of the winners but said it had not all sunk in yet.

She said the questions were mainly centered on changes needed within her community and how she, as a girl child, could make it better.

“The crux of my essay was on women empowerment and things we can do decrease crime and poverty. It is something close to my heart because we are all affected by it and someone has to take a stand.”

CHAUFFEURED drives, a tour of the Lost City Palace and rubbing shoulders with influential women within business circles, is what a grade 11 pupil of ML Sultan Secondary School can look forward to after winning the Cell C take a Girl Child to Work Writing Competition.

Chevaughn Nagiah (16) was announced as one of the top ten winners by Cell C after weeks of adjudicating over 2 000 entries received country-wide. As a reward, she will be attending the Management and Leadership Development Conference for Women in Business and Governance Conference in Sun City next week, with nine other winners, all expenses paid.

Dhevan Naidoo, the head of department of languages at the school, said the competition was open to grade 10 to 12s across the country. He said it was not a typical writing contest. Winners were also judged on their responses to a series of questions posed.

“Because of the school holidays we only found out about the competition two days before the deadline. The children had very little time to put this together, which is why Chevaughn’s win is so remarkable,” said Naidoo.

“She is an excellent student. I taught her in grade 8 and now again in grade 11 and she has always been well mannered, dedicated and well spoken. She generally stands out in the crowd and I think her private reading is what stands her in good stead.”

A poised Chevaughn said she was very excited to be one of the winners but said it had not all sunk in yet.

She said the questions were mainly centered on changes needed within her community and how she, as a girl child, could make it better.

“The crux of my essay was on women empowerment and things we can do decrease crime and poverty. It is something close to my heart because we are all affected by it and someone has to take a stand.”

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