Schools contest to honour Madiba

2008-07-18 00:00

The richest speech contest in the country was launched last night in Pietermaritzburg in honour of former president Nelson Mandela.

The Mandela School Speech Contest, open to 45 schools and both English and Zulu pupils in the greater Pietermaritzburg area, is organised by the Greater Edendale Development Initiative (Gedi).

The Natal Witness group has committed itself to sponsor the contest with R500 000 for five years.

“The competition is an acknowledgement and reinforcement of Nelson Mandela’s belief that the future lies with our youth and that in educating and training them … we will create a generation of adults who will support and protect our democracy and will be in a position to lead our country into a bright future,” said Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo at the launch.

A R35 000 cash prize will be divided between winners of the contest at the final on October 17.

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