THE Nelson Mandela Schools Speech Contest was held on July 16 to 17 at the Bessie Head Library and was a great success.The contest’s aim was to equip high school pupils in the Pietermaritzburg region with life skills of public speaking and time management. It was also held to honour the legacy of an international icon, Nelson Mandela, who fought for the liberation of all South Africans, irrespective of colour, race, gender or creed and sexual orientation. He spent 27 years in jail and was released on February 11, 1990 and became the first president of a democratic, non-racial South Africa.The contest was approved by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Fourteen schools from Maritzburg took part over the two days, speaking in English and Zulu. The contest started at 9 am and finished at 3 pm. Pupils and educators were treated to a delicious lunch kindly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pietermaritzburg.The prize-giving ceremony will be held on October 12 at the Tatham Art Gallery and those who are willing to assist with certificates, trophies and gift vouchers can contact the co-ordinator at 083 241 1291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org — Supplied.