Jubilation as top isiXhosa reader grabs winning award

2015-08-06 06:01

Teacher Luvuyo Nogqala and Sibulele Nkinqa celbrated the grade 7 pupils triumph a recent reading competition.  
Mandla Mahashe

Teacher Luvuyo Nogqala and Sibulele Nkinqa celbrated the grade 7 pupils triumph a recent reading competition. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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It was a moment of pride and joy for Imbasa Primary School when their grade 7 learner walked away with first position the City of Cape Town’s Library and Information Services District reading competition.

Sibulele Nkinqa, 13, represented the Crossroads library in the Xhosa Language at the Belhar Library on Thursday.

She claimed pole positions fighting off four other young bookworms in the Xhosa Language category.

According to her teacher, Luvuyo Nogqala, Nkinqa had given them hope of triumph at the district after an impressive showing at the local leg.

“She had successfully competed with learners from other schools from Crossroads to be the representative of our local library.

She was very impressive with her reading, punctuation and comprehension of what she was reading at that stage of the competition.

She continued this amazing feat at the district competition by very calmly answering the judge’s questions,” said Nogqala.

Nkinqa was reading the translated version of the Legend of the Flying Dutchman. Nkinqa told City Vision that even though she was confident of doing well in the competition didn’t go didn’t expect to scoop the first honours.

“I was very nervous because I kept thinking of many people listening to me and I was afraid of making a mistake. But my teacher helped me a lot and we even prayed in the car,” she said.

She said that she really enjoyed reading isiXhosa and that her other favourite subject was mathematics. “

Her efforts saw her winning two trophies for her school and the local library.

She said that she was excited about the next leg of the competition where she will face learners from the other districts.

“I’m very excited but I still have that bit of fear because I don’t know what to expect. I’m very happy to have won so far,” said the shy teen.

Nogqala said that they were very proud of Nkinqa and her achievement and that it was a sign of good things to come for the school.

“Last year we didn’t make it out of the local leg of the competition...we are happy that she has not just made it out of the locals but also in the district. We are confident that she will do well at the next stage of the competition,” said Nogqala.

He also said that he hoped that the victory was going to help in encouraging the community to take better care of the school.

“We are constant victims of vandalism and nothing ever comes out of the investigations. We hope that by showing what our children can achieve as a result of the school system, we hope the community will help in fighting the vandalism and protect the school,” he said

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