Learners raise their voices at public speaking competition

2016-09-14 06:00
Runners-up and winners of African Bank’s 2016 Annual Public Speaking competition, with judges Guy Vellacot, Eastern Cape Project Governance Co-ordinator, African Bank, (back row) and Elizabeth Ann Slater, Branch Manager, Stanford Road branch, African Bank.         Photo: SUPPLIED

Runners-up and winners of African Bank’s 2016 Annual Public Speaking competition, with judges Guy Vellacot, Eastern Cape Project Governance Co-ordinator, African Bank, (back row) and Elizabeth Ann Slater, Branch Manager, Stanford Road branch, African Bank. Photo: SUPPLIED

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SEVERAL primary school learners from around the Eastern Cape competed in the 2016 Public Speaking competition, sponsored by African Bank, on August 25.

Grade 4, 5 and 6 learners from 17 different schools had to present their speeches to a panel of judges at the WB Tshume Primary School in KwaZakhele.

Kennedy Dembetembe, national CSI manager for African Bank, explained that this competition was one of three held annually as part of African Bank’s English Literacy Project.

“Schools are allowed to enter one learner per grade in each category. A first, second and third prize is awarded in each category per age group.

The second and third prize winners receive stationery packs and the first-prize winners are taken to see a movie,” he said.

This year’s judges, Guy Vellacot, Eastern Cape project governance coordinator African Bank, Elizabeth Ann Slater, African Bank branch manager: Standford Road branch, and Estelle Kirstein, said that they had been very impressed with the learners and the exciting topics they had chosen for their speeches.

Makubalo Chulumanco, the Grade 4 winner, spoke about “My pet”, while Grade 5 winner Nolo Suka, told the judges what she would do if she was president, and the Grade 6 winner, Anele Desi, entitled her speech “My best day ever – When I won the dancing competition”.

“We have been involved in this project for the last four years and believe it grows confidence, creativity and excitement in these learners,” Dembetembe said.

“We encourage the schools to host their own internal competition and then bring the best learners to the interschool competition.

“In this way we are encouraging many learners to get involved and rewarding those who shine.

“We congratulate all the winners and look forward to more exciting speeches at next year’s competition,” he said. – REPORTER

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