Another exciting week in the MUT schools debating competition

Cebolenkosi, right, congratulated by his Principal, Bongani Mncwabe

This week, the Schools Liaison unit in the Department of Marketing and Communication at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) continued with its drive to improve the standard of English in high schools by assisting high school learners to visualise how life is at university, and how they can succeed against obstacles if they register with MUT.

On 21 July 2022, members of the department visited King Shaka High School at Umlazi Township. Sthembile Maphumulo, the Schools Liaison Officer at MUT, said the quality of presentations by the five learners was commendable. The grade 12 learners had to explain how enrolling with MUT would change their lives. They also had to respond to a question they did not prepare for – how they would deal with peer pressure as University students. Maphumulo said she was impressed by the learners’ responses.

“The learners showed maturity beyond their tender age. All of them said they would focus on their studies and surround themselves with well-meaning people. They also believed that the qualifications they would have gotten from the University would enable them to get employed and be able to change their families’ circumstances,” Maphumulo said.

The winner was a soft-spoken Cebolenkosi Mavundla. The standard of Mavundla’s English was very high, said Maphumulo.

“But he needs to raise his voice when he speaks,” said Maphumulo.

Mavundla said he did not expect to win.

“I am very grateful that I came up as a winner in end.  I believe in myself,” said Mavundla.

Mavundla is from Umlazi Township’s E Section. He has three siblings. He lives with his retired father and his still working mother.

King Shaka’s outgoing Principal, Bongani Mncwabe, applauded the University’s efforts. He said he hoped that his learner would win the overall competition, which involved schools from the Durban region and the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal.