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Thanks for Sowetan's superb crossword

By unknown | Nov 05, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Vuyo Mlinganiso

Crosswords test how much you know about certain things .

I started doing crosswords last year. I do crossword puzzles mostly on Fridays when I am free from all the heavy school work, and the Sowetan crossword puzzle stumps me most, no - challenges me - about subjects like history and general knowledge.

It is always like taking a test at school. It was good of Sowetan to come up with such a great idea of creating a crossword, which is a competition, mostly with oneself.

Unfortunately, many teenagers think crosswords are for older people who just sit at home doing nothing. Crosswords are for everyone, no matter how old you are.

I've learnt a lot from doing crosswords - about our history and about other countries. For instance, I learnt about Makana, the African struggle hero who was detained on Robben Island by the British and drowned while swimming to freedom on December 25 1819, urging his men to follow him.

I asked my father and he told me Makana's story. Incidentally, my father, Lawrence Mlinganiso, is a former student at the famous Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto, where Tsietsi Mashinini and other leaders of the June 16 1976 student uprising were students.

Sometimes when I come across difficult clues I ask for information from my father, who does crosswords regularly, or even my siblings, who still think doing crosswords is a waste of time.

But they don't know the education and fun they are missing. So I urge other youngsters to start doing crosswords.

l The writer, Vuyo Mlinganiso, 16, is one of five winners of Sowetan's 500th crossword puzzle. Each winner received R500. Mlinganiso is a Grade 10 pupil at Orlando West High School in Soweto, Johannesburg,

The other four winners are Nomthandazo Mkabela of Emdeni South, Soweto; James Dladla of Umlazi, Durban; Tshidi Bantseke of Johannesburg and Henry Kgosane of Thokoza in Ekurhuleni.


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