Speech competition: pupils set high standards

2011-09-29 00:00

THE fourth Witness Nelson Mandela Schools Speech Contest got under way yesterday at Maritzburg College’s Victoria Hall.

This year some 40 schools from the greater Pietermaritzburg area are participating.

Yesterday was devoted to the English section and today the isiZulu section will get under way. Contest co-ordinator Brian Basset said the standard was high.

The number of entrants has increased from 36 in 2010 to 42 this year and some Durban schools have expressed interest in taking part, he said.

Grade 11 and 12 pupils gave speeches on a variety of topics, including “Will contraception for 12-year-olds lower the pregnancy rate?” and “Mandela and Maritzburg”. Contestants also had to give three-minute impromptu speeches.

Basset said the pupils spoke eloquently and forcefully about the future of South Africa.

The Witness after the contest, some of the pupils said the competition was nerve-wracking.

The Witness and the Pietermartizburg Rotary Clubs, is R33 000.

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