Learners compete in indigenous languages

Posted on Monday, 29 September 2014

By Biz One Solutions

Category: Latest News

Learners from 6 regions representing the 23 districts came forward to compete provincially, in indigenous languages during heritage month recently in East London, in order to improve listening, speaking, reading and presenting.

Nompumelelo Mkhutshulwa, subject planner for indigenous languages (Sesotho and IsiXhosa), has been the brain behind this competition for the fifth year running. Mkhutshulwa explained saying, "Part of my core responsibilities at the Department of Education is co-curricular activities which is part of paper 2 and 4.”

The 6 Regions that participated in the competition were, Alfred Nzo, Amathole, OR Thambo, Chris Hani, Cacadu and Nelson Mandela Bay. The learners presented in Sesotho and IsiXhosa. This year the learners could choose from 5 indigenous literature writers, do research on them and then present a prepared speech, write a literature essay and say a poem (traditional poet and written poem). The 5 indigenous writers the learners could choose from were, KPD Maphalla, JJR Jolobe, DN Jafta, R Siyongwana and WB Rubusana.

The aim of the competition is to improve the language performance of learners in schools. These co-curricular activities are integrated into teaching, learning and assessment. This competition has contributed towards the 100% pass rate in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Grade 12 NSC exams.

This year’s winners were as follows:



ISIXHOSA

NAME OF LEARNERS

REGION

DISTRICT

SCHOOL

PRESENTATION

Gweva Nobungcwalisa

Alfred Nzo

Mt Frere

Daluhlanga

Essay

Mashwanqana Anelisa

Alfred Nzo

Maluti

Mariazell

Speech

Mbambi Lukhanyo

Chris Hani

Cofimvaba

Mazibuko

Poem

Mabhongo Asanela

OR Thambo

Mthatha

Kulanathi

Poet

SESOTHO

Ramaipato Ntshutheleng

Alfred Nzo

Mt Fletcher

Lehana

Essay

Sefali Nthateng

Alfred Nzo

Maluti

Luphindo

Speech

Mahara Matseliso

Alfred Nzo

Maluti

Khanya Naledi

Poem

Mene Nompumelelo

Alfred Nzo

Maluti

Sibi

Poet

 

The winners are moving to national level on Thursday the 25 September, where there will be interaction from the audience, on their presentations in Butterworth on Walter Sisulu Grounds.

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Novoti Zape commented on 16 Apr, 2015 01:04

This is the beginning of better things and the better additional languages. I believe in what writers like Cummings and Neville Alexander that the mastery of additional languages depends on mother tongue. You'll make them proud.

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