Mjingo wins sec­ond con­sec­u­tive JA na­tional com­pe­ti­tion

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Ma­jaha Nkonyane

MJINGO High School has been crowed Ju­nior Achieve­ment Na­tional Expo cham­pi­ons once again.

The school has made it two times in a row now since they also won the con­test last year.

This has earned them a ticket to now rep­re­sent the coun­try in the up­com­ing Com­pany of the Year Com­pe­ti­tion to be held in Gold Reef City, Jo­han­nes­burg in South African from De­cem­ber 6-8.

The com­pe­ti­tion was held yes­ter­day at the Univer­sity of Swazi­land (UNISWA) Sports Em­po­rium.

They were crowned by Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Sibu­siso Dlamini.

The team de­feated nice other high schools and took home nine oth­ers E10 000 cash prize, a lap­top, a glit­ter­ing tro­phy and an en­trepreneur­ship course to be of­fered by JA.

They will also have an op­por­tu­nity to tour both the coun­try’s and the South African in­no­va­tion park.

“It is very hum­bling to be crowned win­ners even in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. This is a very ex­cit­ing mo­ment for us. The com­pe­ti­tion was very tight, but we man­aged to make it through.

We would like to thank our fa­cil­i­ta­tor Pre­cious Kunene who held our hand and made sure that we are fully pre­pared for the con­test. Also, we would like to thank our par­ents for their sup­port, we would have not done it without them, our school mates and the whole team,” said the team’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Teben­guni Nd­wandwe.

Ex­cel­lent

The rest of the team mem­bers were; Pro­duc­tion Nkosiyen­zile Dlamini, Sales and Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Nom­philo Dlamini and Fi­nance Man­ager Siph­e­sihle Nx­u­malo.

They ren­dered an ex­cel­lent pre­sen­ta­tion that kept the au­di­ence glued to their stage.

Their win­ning project was artis­tic wall clocks.

Etim­phisini High School came sec­ond and they took home E5 000, an en­trepreneur­ship course from JA and they would also tour both the coun­try’s and the South African in­no­va­tion parks. The third prize went to Manzini Nazarene High School and they also pock­eted E3 000, an en­trepreneur­ship course and a tour of the coun­try’s in­no­va­tion park.

Ad­dress­ing the prime min­is­ter, JA Board Chair­per­son Nokukhanya Gamedze said though there could be only one na­tional cham­pion; all schools that par­tic­i­pated in the JA pro­gramme were win­ners.

“They have gained valu­able knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence while par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gramme.

We are cer­tain that this knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence will come in very handy in the near fu­ture as they pur­sue their en­trepreneur­ship dreams,” she said.

The prime min­is­ter thanked the schools that have been ac­tively in­volved in JA’s pro­grammes and fur­ther en­cour­aged those that were less com­mit­ted to make a greater ef­fort in the next phase of the pro­gramme.

“We must do all in our power to make the JA pro­gramme bet­ter and its reach across our high schools even big­ger!” he con­cluded.

JA spon­sors in­cluded in no or­der of sig­nif­i­cance; Swaz­iBank, Ned­bank Swazi­land, FNB, Swazi MTN, Sincem­petelo Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Ac­ci­dent Fund (SMVA), the Cen­tral Bank of Swazi­land (CBS), Macmil­lan Swazi­land, Swazi­land Elec­tric­ity Com­pany (SEC), Swazi­land Royal In­surance Cor­po­ra­tion (SRIC), Swazi­land Build­ing So­ci­ety (SBS), Real Image, Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil of Mba­bane, To­tal Swazi­land, Sdudla Engineering and Pat­ula Risk.

Ad­di­tional awards;

1. Fa­cil­i­ta­tor of the Year- Sibu­siso Dlamini (E2 000)

2. Green Award spon­sored by Ned­bank Swazi­land worth E6 000 Vu­la­masango High School (E3 000) Etim­phisini High School (E2 000) Mh­lume High School (E1 000).

3. Most In­no­va­tive Award spon­sored by FNB- Mjingo High School (E3 000) and Ent­fon­jeni High School (E2 000).

4. Best CEO Award spon­sored by Swazi MTN- Mlin­delwa Mat­sen­jwa from Vu­la­masango High School.

5. Ex­cel­lence in Mar­ket­ing AwardManzini Nazarene High School.

6. Ex­cel­lence in Team­work- Mjingo High School.

7. So­cial En­trepreneur­ship Award-Etim­phisini High School.

8. Best New­comer Award- St Mark’s High School.

9. High­est Prof­its Award- Vu­la­masango High School.

10. Best Kept Records- Manzini Nazarene High School.

(Pics: Ma­jaha Nkonyane)

BIG WIN­NERS: Mjingo High School pose for a group pic­ture with the Prime Min­is­ter Sibu­siso Dlamini, JA Board Chair­per­son Nokukhanya Gamedze and the school fa­cil­i­ta­tor Pre­cious Kunene. This was at the UNISWA Sports Em­po­rium dur­ing the na­tional Expo Awards.

THRILLED: Mjingo High School pupils ex­press their ex­cite­ment after be­ing an­nounced as the cham­pi­ons dur­ing the na­tional expo.

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