MANZINI NAZARENE RUN­NERS-UP AT JA AFRICA RE­GIONAL COM­PE­TI­TION

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BY ZWELETHU DLAMINI

Af­ter win­ning the na­tional Ju­nior Achieve­ment (JA) com­pe­ti­tion, Manzini Nazarene has hoisted Eswa­tini flag high as they got sec­ond prize in the JA Africa Re­gional Com­pe­ti­tion in Ac­cra, Ghana.

The com­pe­ti­tion started on Wed­nes­day with pupils pre­sent­ing be­fore a panel of judges who were from Africa, Europe and in the USA.

Manzini Nazarene pupils im­pressed the judges with their in­no­va­tion of a vot­ing sys­tem; through their compa- ny called Nazware In­no­va­tions.

On Fri­day, when the com­pe­ti­tion was coming to an end, Nazware In­no­va­tions emerged the run­ner­sup af­ter JA Nige­ria scooped first prize.

Worth not­ing is that JA Nige­ria was win­ning the prize for the first time in their 20 years of ex­is­tence, whereas JA Eswa­tini has won the com­pe­ti­tion four times in the last seven years.

Speak­ing shortly af­ter the awards cer­e­mony, Nazwere In­no­va­tions CEO Si­zol­wethu Maphanga said even though they were ex­pect­ing the first prize, they were still happy that their ef­forts were recog­nised in this com­pe­ti­tion.

She fur­ther said the fact that JA Eswa­tini had won four awards in this com­pe­ti­tion is tes­ti­mony to the fact that they did their best. Si­zol­wethu won the Best CEO award for her out­stand­ing lead­er­ship skills.

Ex­pe­ri­ence

The teacher ac­com­pa­ny­ing the pupils, Sabelo Dlamini, was happy that they won more awards than any team in the com­pe­ti­tion. He fur­ther men­tioned that they were win­ners by na­ture and they can only get bet­ter from this ex­pe­ri­ence.

Dlamini said he would en­cour­age his team to go on with their prod­uct and reg­is­ter a busi­ness so that this great idea would not die but cre­ate eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for the pupils.

JA World­wide CEO Asheesh Ad­vani con­grat­u­lated JA Eswa­tini for be­ing a con­sis­tently best per­former in the JA Africa Com­pe­ti­tions over the past seven years.

He said this speaks to the qual­ity of the JA pro­gramme in Eswa­tini.

He en­cour­aged Manzini Nazarene to come back even stronger next year as it is known now that JA Eswa­tini is al­ways the team to beat in this com­pe­ti­tion.

Si­zol­wethu Maphanga all smiles af­ter win­ning the JA Africa Best CEO Award.

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