Young speakers make a point

2012-10-13 00:00

“THERE are two kinds of people in the world, those who can count and those who cannot count.”

This was the opening line by Luyanda Nguse from Maritzburg Christian School who was the overall winner in the English category of The Witness Nelson Mandela Schools Speech contest, which was held at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, last night.

She dazzled the audience with her speech which was about the controversial Bret Murray painting of South African President Jacob Zuma at the Goodman Gallery.

Nguse from Pelham said she was motivated by her parents, particularly her father, who always encouraged her never to lose her passion.

“I’m passionate about the youth leading the country to newer, better and innovative ideas that will lead us to a better country,” she said.

Her counterpart from Fundokuhle High School, Phumlani Mbhele’s Zulu rendition also got the crowd cheering as he focused on corporal punishment and how it negatively affects the relationship between the teacher and pupil.

The event was also used by Brian Basset, the founder of the contest, to honour Dave Erasmus, The Witness marketing manager who is retiring at the end of October, for his contribution over the past five years.

Basset also called for more Edendale schools to partake in the event.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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