Mseki promises contest victory

2017-06-15 06:00
Learners Mbuyiselo Ganca, Lakheni Nombewu, Mlibo Ngqutse, Aviwe Kulati and teacher Zola Mqoboka say they are ready to take on whoever comes their way in a Water Department contest for glory.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Learners Mbuyiselo Ganca, Lakheni Nombewu, Mlibo Ngqutse, Aviwe Kulati and teacher Zola Mqoboka say they are ready to take on whoever comes their way in a Water Department contest for glory.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Learners at Mseki Primary School are preparing for a national competition in which they claim they will be victorious.

The school, in Gugulethu, has qualified for participation at national level after they outshined 24 other primary schools in Water Affairs/Baswa Le Metse competition which is run under the auspices of the Department of Water and Sanitation.

The theme for this year is: “Water is life, sanitation is dignity.”

The date and venue for the national completion are yet to be announced, but it will take place in July.

Mseki has entered in two of five categories.

They scooped the first position for poetry and won the second prize in the praise singing category.

The school has teacher Zola Mqoboka in its corner, who, like the fabled Midas, turns whatever he touches to gold.

Mqoboka, joined the school three years ago, and will be participating for the seventh time at the national level of the competition.

He has led different teams of learners over the years, including when he was still a teacher at Siyabulela Primary School, where he took the challenge for five times.

He claims to have steered the school up to the finals in Johannesburg last year where they came out second in the final.

They had entered in the poster drawing category.

“This competition is in my blood. I am going there for the seventh time with different schools. I am a good observer. I can easily spot a talented learner who will best represent the school.

Last year, I told three boys to do a drawing and I chose a girl I was confident would cut the grade.

We will create such a storm that the one that hit the Cape recently would sound like child’s play,” he boasted.

“It is my dream to see the learners flying high for the first time in the competition,” Mqoboka said.

Mqoboka also helped the school qualify for the provincial athletics which were held in Paarl, early in the year.

Olona Ntunja, a Grade 4 learner and 1200 metres runner, received the honours in that contest.

Aviwe Kulati, also a leaner, promised to bring the trophy home.

“Our confidence helped us a lot... Other learners were laughing at our outfit while we were on stage, but we kept on focusing on our presentation. It is so obvious that we are also going to win nationally. We are prepared...,” she said.

Early in the year, Kulati also shone brightly and won a reading competition for primary schools.

Lakheni Nombewu said she is optimistic of their win and that she trusts in her team to put-up a good fight and bring the bacon home.

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