KZN pupils can win big in speech contest

2012-08-07 00:00

THE fifth annual Witness Nelson Mandela Speech Contest will be held on September 25 and 26, after contestants have honed their skills at a one-day workshop for a chance to win R20 000 in prize money.

The Witness invites Grade 11 and 12 pupils from schools in KwaZulu-Natal to enter the contest, which will take place in the Victoria Hall at Maritzburg College from 8.30 am.

The prize-giving will be held at the Tatham Art Gallery on October 12 at 6 pm.

The unique speech contest aims to train pupils in both prepared and impromptu public speaking and enable them to develop a public speaking style that is eloquent and convincing.

This year’s contest will be preceded by a workshop at the Hospice conference centre at 200 Zwartkop Road on August 15 from 9 am.

The workshop is sponsored by Somta Tools and will be run by Brian Bassett and Prem Singh, the organisers of the contest.

The workshop will last for most of the day, finishing after lunch.

The participants will learn and practise new oratory skills.

The sponsors advise all the speakers who register for the contest also to attend the workshop, as the skills taught there will help them to become better orators.

The contest will have entries in English and Zulu, and prizes in each section are R10 000 for the outright winner and R2 500 for each of two runners-up.

The Rotary Club of Pietermaritzburg has made a bursary of R5 000 available, which will go to the contestant whom the judges vote the most deserving.

Contestants will be required to make speeches of five to eight minutes in the prepared section and three minutes of impromptu speech.

The Witness Nelson Mandela Speech Contest is organised under the auspices and with the approval of the Mandela Foundation.

Interested pupils should call Prem Singh at 083 527 0986.

The closing date has been extended to tomorrow, August 8.

— Witness Reporter.

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