Local pupil aces national isiZulu Olympiad

2015-10-24 10:30
Mfolozi Dlamini (17) a Grade?11 pupil from Michaelhouse who took first place in the isiZulu Olympaid.

Mfolozi Dlamini (17) a Grade?11 pupil from Michaelhouse who took first place in the isiZulu Olympaid. (Cathy Casalis)

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Pietermaritzburg - Michaelhouse pupil Mfolozi Dlamini (17) says he did not have to work hard to win this year’s isiZulu Olympiad.

Mfolozi scored 91% in the final round and was placed 1st nationally in the isiZulu Olympiad.

“In my time at Michaelhouse I have received numerous awards but coming first at a national level really stands out for me,” he said.

Mfolozi completed his junior schooling at Biggarsburg Primary School. He spent a brief period at Dundee High School before being admitted to Michaelhouse in Grade 10 last year.

“IsiZulu is my home language and I have a very strong belief in my culture because that is how I was raised. Attending this prestigious school for me has been an honour. I have tried to break away from this stereotype that pupils from such schools are special black pupils,” he said.

Vekile Dlamini (60), Mfolozi’s father said: “We are indeed happy and proud of our son. Since primary school we have always encouraged him to read isiZulu and speak his mother tongue as often as possible. I am a priest so most of the time we read the Bible and I have always told him to read the Zulu Bible. His mother and I have done what we had to do as parents in order for our son not to lose touch with his culture. He speaks isiZulu perfectly and he is able to speak English perfectly as well,” said the father.

“My parents have played a major role, as I had to learn how to balance the two and the Olympiad was not just a competition but it also encouraged candidates to explore the isiZulu language beyond the scope of the school syllabus.”

Michaelhouse spokesperson Cathy Casalis said: “Mfolozi has done the school proud. Perseverance and hard work are his strongest personality traits. Not only is he doing well academically but he is also very much involved in sport.”

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