The Teaching and Learning Development Centre’s Academic Literacy and Language Unit (ALLU) recently ran a writing competition by which it aimed to improve the writing and reading standard of the students. Dr Hloniphani Ndebele of ALLU, said they also wanted to see to it “that the existing talent among our diverse student population was recoginsed and nurtured. We consider reading and writing important literacies in one’s academic life and beyond,” said Dr Ndebele.
Dr Ndebele said that it was very encouraging to note that there is a lot of talent and potential among MUT students. A number of students submitted very good pieces of their writing However, they could not all win, hence a rigorous adjudication process was put in place involving experts in the field of writing, he said.
The following students’ stories and poems were the top four: Siyabonga Dlamini – Sindiswa; Sinovuyo Gwalisa – A slow burning; Njabulo Nxumalo – Amadoda udoti; and Siyabonga Simthembile – Isandla Sinesandla.
Dr Ndebele said the highlight of the competition was the total number of the students that participated. “The 2020 competition had a total of 23 participants who wrote six poems and 17 short stories,” said Dr Ndebele. The students submitted their creative pieces in IsiZulu, IsiXhosa and English. Prizes among other things included tablets, notebooks, and vouchers.