‘Witness’ True Stories winners

2014-11-22 00:00

AN expectant hush fell over the room as the evening reached its climax — the announcement of the winners of the various categories in this year’s Witness True Stories competition, now in its 16th year.

While I was excited to announce the winners in the various categories, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed for the finalists who had so bravely and eloquently shared their stories with the people of KwaZulu-Natal, because each and every one told a story of our province and touched us in some way.

No one, however, left empty-handed and the Dlaminis that each finalist received as a prize for their efforts will serve as a ­constant reminder of their achievement — no small accomplishment considering that we received in excess of 150 entries this year, the most yet.

A beaming Jerald Mavhurambudzi, winner of the Open Category and the grand prize of R12 000, said, “I’m going home to Zimbabwe for Christmas. I can’t wait to tell my mother. She knows nothing about this.”

Shea Karssing, winner of the Snapshot Category, was delighted with her prize, of not one, but two Dlaminis, as she was a ­finalist in two categories. “It’s not the ­money I want,” she said. “I’ve coveted these Dlaminis for ages; now I have two.”

Winner of the Schools Category, the ­largest category this year, Kate de Gruchy said: “This is the first time ever that my bank account will be in the four digits.”

Emie Govender, winner of the Opinion Category, conceded that as the winner of R3 000, “I suppose dinner’s on me tonight”.

Congratulations to all the winners. When you become famous writers one day, as our deputy editor Zoubair Ayoob said, we can say: “The Witness discovered you”.

A beaming Jerald Mavhurambudzi, winner of the Open Category and the grand prize of R12 000, said: “I’m going home to Zimbabe for Christmas. I can’t wait to tell my mother. She knows nothing about this.”

Shea Karssing, winner of the Snapshot Category was delighted with her prize, of not one, but two Dlaminis, as she was a finalist in two categories. “It’s not the money I want,” she said. “I’ve coveted these Dlaminis for ages; now I have two.” Winner of the Schools Category, the largest category this year, Kate de Gruchy said: “This is the first time ever that my bank account will be in the three digits.”

Emie Govender, winner of the Opinion Category, conceded that as the winner of R3 000: “I suppose dinner’s on me tonight.”

Congratulations to our True Story winners. When you beome famous writers one day, as our deputy editor Zoubair Ayoob said, we can say: “The Witness discovered you.”

The winners of The Witness True Stories competition 2014:

• Open Category: Jerald Mavhurambudzi – The couch;

• Snapshot Category: Shea Karssing – Like a house on fire;

• Schools Category: Kate de Gruchy – What others see as beauty; and

• Opinion Category: Emie Govender – A cashier’s opinion.

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