Ebenezer Majombozi High Double Defence Success
By: Yola Kekezwa
The Gompo high school, Ebenezer Majombozi, stole the show at the Eastern Cape Liquor Board’s Anti-Underage Drinking drama and debate competition held at the Gompo Community Hall, August 19, 2014.
The Eastern Cape Liquor Board in partnership with Shoprite hosted six township based schools in a competition aimed at educating high school pupils about the dangers of under-age drinking.
East London Shoprite Sales Manager, Michael Fiets, said; “Our purpose for the day is to support the liquor board’s anti under-age drinking campaign for the schools,” and added; “at our shop the staff know that they shouldn’t allow children under the age of 18 inside’’.
Liquor board intern Celina Ntsabo elaborating on the event said; “Everything that we do for these kids is special and when I leave here, I feel like I have gained something and hopefully help the children understand what’s right and wrong when it come to under-age drinking’’.
The six high schools participating in the edu-drama and debate competition were; David Mama, Unathi, Ebenezer Majombozi, Mzomhle, Kusile Comprehensive High School and Qaqamba Senior Secondary School.
The Ebenezer High choir and traditional dancers ensemble took to the stage to perform a xhosa piece accentuated ngomxhentso which earned a standing ovation from an appreciative audience.
Whilst Mzomhle and Kusile Comprehensive High School’s performances were well received by peers, teachers and organisers.
In the debating competition, under the topics; “Are taverns contributing to underage drinking?’’ and “Does lack of parental guidance increase underage drinking?’’ Walter Sisulu University students Zisekho Geza and Zenande Mzana served as judges for the competition. They had the challenging task of choosing the overall winners.
Ebenezer High School could be said to have demolished their opponent’s arguments going on to claim the First Place Trophy with 263 points. Kusile High School were runners up in second place with 249 points and David Mama High School placed third with 244 points.
A pupil at Ebenezer High said,“I am so excited, this isn’t the first time that we have won this, its normal to us but this year the competition was tough but we made it so I’m very happy with the outcomes’’.
The schools brought the house down with their drama performances. The judges had an even more arduous task in separating the best from the rest. The curtain-call saw Ebenezer claim first place in the Edu-drama competition as well. Second and third place went to Qaqamba Senior Secondary School and Unathi High School respectively.
Ebenezer Majombozi teacher, Nande Dukwe, said; “We are very excited, I am very happy with what my students achieved.
“We were the defending champions from last year, so winning the double again this year is a very proud moment for me and my students,’’ he said.