Mjingo wins second consecutive JA national competition
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.
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.
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.
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.