Future leaders identified

Sowetan and Anglo American continue to unearth young leaders of the future through the Young Communicators Awards, a popular youth development programme.

Sowetan and Anglo American continue to unearth young leaders of the future through the Young Communicators Awards, a popular youth development programme.

It empowers young people with good writing, speaking and conversational skills in English, helping them take control of their lives and making a sound contribution to their communities.

In 2006 the competition's three top winners were Asanda Shabangu, 17, from Lilyfontein College in East London, Eastern Cape, who walked away with a R30000 bursary for her tertiary education; Eduan van der Westhuizen, 18, of Limpopo, and Feziwe Nthali, 15, from Mpumalanga, came second and third respectively and received R20000 and R15000.

The competition is open to grades 11 and 12 pupils whose first language is not English but who have a good command of the language .

Emerging public speakers who have qualified for the national finals of the 2007 Sowetan and Anglo American Young Communicators Awards are Tshiamo Legoale of North West, Marine Opperman of Northern Cape, Mpumalanga's Sibusiso Khoza, and Star Khulu of Free State.

The last four heats are to be held in Polokwane, Limpopo, on May 5; Worcester, Western Cape, on May 12; Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, on May 15; Soweto, Gauteng, on May 19; and East London in Eastern Cape on May 26.

The finals will take place in Johannesburg on June 9. -

Victor Mecoamere

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