Upstart bids members farewell

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“Don't rush into things. One misguided decision can destroy your future,” said Rhodes University Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, during a farewell and prize-giving for Upstart participants at a ceremony at Rhodes University's Bantu Steven Biko Building on Friday.

“Don't rush into things. One misguided decision can destroy your future,” said Rhodes University Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, during a farewell and prize-giving for Upstart participants at a ceremony at Rhodes University's Bantu Steven Biko Building on Friday.

Upstart is a newspaper project which aims to promote reading, writing and literacy. It is a paper for the youth by the youth, and works with Grade 8 to Grade 10 pupils from 11 Grahamstown schools, and one school from Kenton-On-Sea.

Upstarters received certificates of participation, and Nompumelelo Frans, a teacher from CM Vellem Primary School, was awarded a teacher of the year certificate.

Upstarters from Mary Waters High School received the Upstart Club of the Year Award (floating trophy), and Ziphozihle Goje from Nombulelo High School received the Upstarter of the year Award (Floating trophy).
Mabizela urged members to have confidence. “Don't rush into things. One misguided decision can destroy your future,” said Mabizela.

He said members should consider themselves very special.

“Upstart has given you a great opportunity. When I look at you, I see the future of this country looking bright. I see a winning nation. Never give up, and look after yourselves,” he said.

Mother of Upstarter Aphiwe Ngalo, Phoebe, said the project could not have been introduced at a better time.

"I'm impressed with the high standard of writing. I hope you will continue to inspire others,” said Ngalo.

She also paid tribute to Upstart Project Manager, Shireen Badat.

“Thank you for instilling a sense of pride in us,” she said.

The following members received certificates of recognition:

  • Linda Mafele – Best Reader of the year (Mary Waters)
  • Yanga Nohaji – Best Report (TEM Mrwetyana)
  • Mfundo Jacobs – Best Feature article (Graeme College)
  • Aviwe Menze – Celebrity of the year (TEM Mrwetyana)
  • Nolubabalo Ralo – Captain of the year (Ntsika)
  • Ntsikelelo Dlephu – Award for determination (Ntsika)
  • Sinazo Mbebetho – Most improved reader (CM Vellem)
  • Aphiwe Ngalo – Best book reviews (Mary Waters)
  • Miss Nompumelelo Frans – Teacher of the year (CM Vellem)

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