Mandela schools speech contest hailed a success

2010-10-09 00:00

THE organizer of The Witness Nelson Mandela Schools Speech Contest, Brian Basset, hailed this year’s third annual competition as a success, saying the number of schools participating had increased under trying circumstances.

Speaking at the Tatham Art Gallery last night, Basset said it was pleasing to see that 30 schools had registered to participate in this year’s competition.

The chairperson of The Witness, Stuart Craib, said: “I think it is a great event, which was started in Pietermaritzburg. We are very pleased to have had the go-ahead from the Nelson Mandela Foundation to link up Mr Mandela with this function.”

He said this is an indication of how much the foundation supports this initiative. “We love the enthusiasm of the youngsters who are participating in this event,” said Craib.

The Msunduzi Deputy Mayor, Jabu Ngubo, said: “Normally the media are associated with a lot of negativity, so it is very pleasing to see an initiative of this nature from The Witness.”

She thanked The Witness for doing something that will benefit the nation at large.

Samkelisiwe Nyandu of Emzamweni High School was awarded a scholarship by the Rotary Club.

She said, “It was challenging because we did not have sufficient time to prepare. However, I am very happy to have won the scholarship.”

Ashleigh Farquharson of The Wykeham Collegiate won the best English speech category.

“It was an incredible experience to see the ideas from Pietermaritzburg students,” she said, adding that she was also encouraged by the optimism displayed.

Ashleigh said it is necessary to understand the importance of perseverance, which is at the centre of Nelson Mandela’s work.

Mzwakhe Dludla of Zakhe Agricultural College in Richmond won the Zulu speech Category.

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