Six pupils head to Shanghai

2014-06-09 00:00

SIX Carter High School pupils aim to do Pietermaritzburg proud when they visit Shanghai next month.

The pupils have been selected to represent South Africa at an international youth camp organised by the Shanghai City Council. Their stay and activities at the youth camp will be funded by the Shanghai municipality, but the pupils have had to raise their own air fares.

The Msunduzi Council has stepped in with a sponsorship of R22 000. The council also “adopted” two of the six pupils as ambassadors for the city while in Shanghai. They will be kitted out in City of Choice regalia and will be talking about their city during their trip. The pupil ambassadors are Austen Sharkey and Adam Butler. They will be accompanying fellow students Luhle Shange, Asanda Mthethwa, Thembelihle Ngubo and Hemant Soni.

Mayor Chris Ndlela wished the pupils well and urged them to make the best of the opportunity, saying that travel broadened one’s horizons. Ndlela said the trip was also a way of building links between Shanghai and Msunduzi.

Carter High School principal Aswin Ramgoolam asked the mayor to invite the pupils back to council on their return to present a full report on their experiences in Shanghai.

On behalf of her fellow pupils, Luhle thanked the council for supporting their initiative and said they would endeavour to be worthy ambassadors of Pietermaritzburg.

The Witness caught up with the pupils after their meeting with the Exco members and they said they were inspired by sitting in the chamber where decisions on the running of the city were made.

They too have been inspired by the Witness Warriors call on cleaning up the city and had their own ideas of what could be done. Luhle believes that a market should be created for the street vendors.

“It will help the informal economy, and alleviate the congestion, clutter and litter on the streets,” she said.

Adam believes that a programme should be implemented where unemployed people who hang around the streets looking for work could be organised to help clean up the city. Austen feels that street cleaners needed to be employed in three shifts and not just at night.

Asanda and Thembelihle want to see more being done about educating the public in civic pride. Asanda said there should be “keep your city clean” programmes in schools. Thembelihle would like to see the municipality more involved in youth programmes.

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