Western Cape Schools Competition

Schools competition participants and teachers with Member Basil Kivedo and Public Education and Outreach Manager Chris Ferndale

2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the signing into law of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, which came into operation on 4 February 1997. The WCPP, alongside National Parliament and the eight other provincial legislatures, will be commemorating and celebrating this milestone in our democracy through a range of activities that will span the whole of 2017.

A schools competition was launched on 6 May at the WCPP as one of these activities. The aim of the competition was to promote awareness and understanding of the Constitution and the role of Parliament, and to gather learners’ views and impressions of the impact of the Bill of Rights on their lives.

On 1 July an awards ceremony was hosted at the WCPP to acknowledge all those that participated in the competition with certificates and award prizes to winners in five categories. The category winners were:

  • Creative writing: Euston Kockera from Simon’s Town High School
  • Poetry seniors: Khanyisa Hebe from Gardens Commercial High School
  • Poetry juniors: Limile Matshaya
  • Drama seniors: Ubuntubethu Art Organisation
  • Drama juniors: Grade 7 learners from Ysterplaat Primary School
  • Drama juniors: Grade 7 learners from Ysterplaat Primary School


Ubuntubethu Art Organisation, winners of the seniors drama competition

Member Basil Kivedo, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Education, described the event and contributions as “amazing and a wonderful opportunity for leaners to share their talent with their peers”. He showed his appreciation and praised the learners throughout the event. He appealed that this event be held on an annual basis.

The PEO section would like to thank all the participating schools, adjudicators and Member Basil Kivedo for supporting the competition and awards ceremony.

Aftershocks

By Khanyisa Hebe

Why are the oceans said to be marvel
Yet they ravel?
Sending an arson burning my stem and leaves.
The Benguela current shattered dreams of my lineage.
They tell me it started as a ripple in the oceans.
They say the current got stronger.
"Unceasing flowers like me.
Unwrapping wounds of forgotten tribulations.
Unwelcoming those who already live on the grounds."

I say the Constitution can undo all of this!
I say the Constitution of South Africa
created rights I still fear.
I fear these rights
will turn into oceans and winds over nights.
Turn again into an Atlantic hurricane
I know the future is in my hands -
I am meandering towards destiny.
Sometimes this Constitution is my armour of knights
Shielding me from life's disasters.
Persecuting any signs of schizophrenia.
I tend to feel safer at Plein Street.
Not on the streets back at home otherwise.

Why is the land of a rainbow asphyxiated?
Geography states that a rainbow arches
when rain and sunlight disperses.
A spectrum of light
that I pray it also reflects colours on
these township tombstones
I rest my back on,
while I write my homework and poetry.
With hopes I resurrect my lineage.
With hopes I reap seeds of success.
I pray the rain falls on these township
perishing-and-enriching grounds.

I say the Constitution can undo all of this!
I say the Constitution can undo all of this!
I am too young to know...
If it is a matter of
consciousness;
confusion;
condensation;
construction.

This constitution
is a conductor on these grounds.
A confluence.
A conflict
of oceans, winds and rainbows.
Oceans so deep blue,
they are shallow with the lack of education.
The horizon I see.
It looks close yet it is far.

Like My Name I seek to bring
BRIGHTNESS
On the grounds of this nation -
NdiKhanyise.


Winner of the seniors poetry category, Khanyisa Hebe from Gardens Commercial High School, with Member Basil Kivedo and Public Education and Outreach Manager Chris Ferndale.