Southcity wins Rotary Team talk again

Not so sleepy: Southcity Christian College won the preliminary round of the Daily News and Rotary Club of Hibiscus Coast (Margate and Uvongo) Team Talk competition held at Suid-Natal High last Thursday. They are (from left) Lona Nonkonyana, Liam Erasmus and Milisa Mahlangeni. Lona won best speaker at the talk. 0099SN

THIRTY-seven years ago the Rotary Club of Durban Umgeni introduced a Team Speaking Competition for pupils in schools in the Durban area.

This project grew and in order to spread the competition wider, it was taken over by Rotary International District 9270 and now District 9370.

Last Thursday eight schools took park in the preliminary round of the Daily News and Rotary Club of Hibiscus Coast (Margate and Uvongo) Team Talk competition held at Suid-Natal High.

Runners-up: Creston College took second spot at the team talk. They are (from left) Fezeka Nzama, Siphe Booi and Siyathokoza Zulu, who spoke on ‘Gay Rights’. 0102SN

The schools which took part included; Port Shepstone Secondary, Sister Joan’s High School, Mcushwa High School, Margate Middle School, Port Shepstone High, Suid-Natal High, Creston College and Southcity Christian College.

For the second time in a row Southcity Christian College was crowned winner. Team speakers, Lona Nkonyana, Liam Erasmus and Milisa Mahlangeni, spoke about ‘Two hours sleep, five days a week’.

Lona Nonkonyana was also awarded the best speaker at the talk. Second was Creston College, speaking on ‘Gay Rights’ and the speakers were Fezeka Nzama, Siphe Booi and Siyathokoza Zulu.

Mihle Mgoqi from Margate Middle School was runner-up for best speaker.

The talk is open to pupils from grade 10 to 12 who form themselves into teams of three to prepare and deliver a 12-minute address on a subject of their choice.

Both Southcity Christian College and Creston College will take part in the semi-finals to be held in Durban.

Team leaders: Pupils from Mcushwa High School (from left) S’busisiwe Mbita, Amanda Cele and Zamani Xolo, spoke on ‘Leadership’. 0103SN

The final will be held at a later stage. The winning school will receive a floating trophy shield and cheque for R20 000 from the Daily News to upgrade facilities for a deserving school of its choice.

Rob Gilligan, past president of the Rotary Club of Hibiscus Coast (Margate and Uvongo) said the club believes that the money helps to forge strong ties between the two schools to their mutual benefit.

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“The Daily News also presents books to the first, second and third teams, to be placed in their respective libraries. The topics at this year’s talk were relevant to the community and the standard was high from all schools,” he said.

He thanked all sponsors for making the competition a great success.


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