School speech contest winners to recite at Liberty Mall today

2009-10-10 00:00

YOUNG minds with great potential were rewarded yesterday evening when the second Witness Nelson Mandela Schools Speech Contest winners were announced at a prize-giving ceremony held at the Tatham Art Gallery.

Thea de Gruchy from The Wykeham Collegiate was crowned the winner in the English category and her efforts saw her walk away with a R10 000 cash prize, a custom-made medal and a specially crafted floating trophy for her school.

Thea, who took a few hours during her trial examinations to write her speech, told The Witness she did not expect to win.

“I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet. I’m just thrilled to be part of this,” she said.

Thea, whose speech was about Mandela Day, advised those who want to enter next year to choose a topic they are passionate about and can relate to.

Rethabile Monaheng from Epworth High School was ecstatic when she clinched the first prize in the Zulu category.

“Just because I go to a white school doesn’t mean I have to change where I’m from. People assume we don’t speak Zulu, but it’s my home language,” she said.

Rethabile said she took a day to write her speech, another day to go over it with her teachers and another day to hone it and fix some spelling errors.

She also won a first cash prize of R10 000, a medal and a floating trophy for her school.

Rethabile, who entered because one of her friends won last year, gave the following advice to would-be entrants: “Go for it and write about things that will enrich people’s knowledge.”

Bongani Ndlela from Silver Heights Secondary won a Rotary Scholarship worth R5 000.

• Catch all six finalists at the Liberty Midlands Mall food court at 10.15 am today where they will be reciting their speeches.

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