Schools battle it out at Ubuntu Festival

2016-03-30 06:00
PHOTO: supplied In the primary-school level, Mzimba Primary School’s Sonwabile Mchunu (middle) won first position. She is               congratulated by the deputy director of uMgungundlovu Department of Education Siqhamo Mabinza (left) and her mother Nokuthula.

PHOTO: supplied In the primary-school level, Mzimba Primary School’s Sonwabile Mchunu (middle) won first position. She is congratulated by the deputy director of uMgungundlovu Department of Education Siqhamo Mabinza (left) and her mother Nokuthula.

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FIFTEEN schools attended the annual Old Mutual Ubuntu Earth Festival competition at the Edendale Lay Ecumenical Centre recently.

Old Mutual in co-operation with Wildlands invited more than 40 schools to audition for the competition. Fifteen finalists battled it out in front of the judges and the audience with performances touching on environmental and social issues, including like HIV/Aids, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, crime and drought.

Old Mutual sponsorship and events manager Bandile Mngoma said hosting this talent competition ensures they are fulfilling their mission to “enable a positive future”.

“It is our social responsibility to help develop talent in schools by giving pupils a platform to showcase their talent,” said Mngoma.

Judges were Bandile Mngoma, well-known poet, Isibaya actor, Sbonelo Mbutho known as “Sbo Da Poet” and singer and performer Lauren Liang.

Participants were judged mainly on the message contained or portrayed in their performances.

In the high-school level Skhululiwe Isicathamiya group from Skhululiwe High took first position.

They were followed by Sphesihle Dlungwane, a poet from KwaMncane High School, and Sobantu High School Isicathamiya came in third.

In the primary-school level, a young poet from Mzimba Primary, Sonwabile Mchunu, came first with her powerful and well presented poem, in second position was the Sombongangani Primary School choir and in third position was Funulwazi Primary.

Both first position winners walked away with R5 000, a mentorship programme by Sbo Da Poet and will be on-air guests on Capital 104 FM radio station. Both schools in second position received R3 000 and third position received R2 000.

The audience was entertained by performances by Sbo Da Poet and Syabonga­ Mpungose, who performed some of their well known poems.

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