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A UNIQUE youth development campaign, the Anglo American and Sowetan Young Communicators Awards, is still alive, active and continuing to nurture the youth for their roles as leaders of the future.
Now in its 17th year, the awrds is one of Anglo American's many corporate social responsibility projects and one Sowetan and the Aggrey Klaaste Nation Building Foundation's youth motivation activities.
Its major youth development role is to give South Africa's youth a platform from which to highlight their concerns, opinions, fears, aspirations, possible solutions or just to ventilate.
Anglo American subsidiaries have also been playing a pivotal role as YCA provincial sponsors. They include Anglo Coal, Anglo Platinum, Anglo Zimele and Black Mountain.
The youthful Model United Nations South Africa (Munsa) runs public speaking workshops that also cover career guidance and life skills training.
Senior officers of the provincial education departments serve as regional coordinators and help Munsa to deliver speeches and panel discussions.
The officers, who were assisted by district officials, are: Norman Fumba (Eastern Cape), Segomotso Mochoari (Free State), Peggy Manganye (Gauteng), Snegugu Mngoma (KwaZulu-Natal), Harold Takalo (Limpopo), Gerda Kuschke (Mpumalanga), Tumi Kgosiemang (North West), Thandi Dlekedla (Northern Cape) and Lennie Davids (Western Cape).
Parents, guardians, subject advisers and teachers lend valuable support.
More than 60 workshops are run by more than 50 Munsa facilitators, most of whom are university students.
The workshops have assisted more than 10000 Grade 11 and 12 students. Teachers have also been empowered during these workshops.
Professionals from the tertiary education sector, volunteers from business and the media serve as adjudicators to ensure that district and provincial eliminations are free and fair.
The judges at lst year's finals were Michelle Alexander of Michelle Alexander Communication, Ben Anderson of Da Vinci Institute, Talk Radio 702 host Udo Carelse, Chantal Cuddumbey of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Gustav Gous of the Professional Speakers Association, Sibusiso Khoza, Nwabisa Mayema and Julitte Morrow of Munsa, SABC news producer Portia Kobue, Kaya FM's Masechaba Moshoeshoe and Sudeshan Reddy of the UN.
They assessed the public speaking skills of finalists Bonolo Cebe of Eastern Cape, Leandre Buys of Limpopo, Kanyisile Vilakazi of Mpumalanga, Ndumiso Hadebe of Gauteng, Tsholofelo Sebolao of North West, Shanice Titus of Northern Cape, Alfezenzo Sethole of Free State, Mnelisi Gasa of KwaZulu-Natal and Reatlehile Jankie of Western Cape.
Vilakazi is the reigning champion. The runners-up are Jankie and Gasa. Vilakazi won a R30000 bursary, Jankie walked away with a R20000 bursary, while Gasa was awarded a R15000 bursary.