Haenertsburg Rotary hosted the first round of the Rojac English Speech competition at Merensky High School on Tuesday 14 August 2018. Unfortunately due to some last-minute problems, two of the five contestants could not take part. However, the candidates who did take part, Zoe Robertson from Ben Vorster High School, Jean-Jacques Smalle from Merensky High School and Tshepo Mokwena from Stanford Lake College delivered speeches of a very high standard. The topic for the prepared speech was DO THE BENEFITS OF MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA JUSTIFY ITS LEGALITY? Each candidate approached the topic from a different angle and this made it very interesting. Each candidate also chose a different one from the unprepared speech topics which were: The Worst Chore; The Hardest Thing I Ever Did; Teaching my Grandmother how to use a Smartphone; Three Things I can’t live Without, and Is There Value in Homework?
After completing a short general knowledge test, mainly on South Africa, and answering questions in a personal interview, the winner was finally chosen. This was a difficult task for the judges (Kerryn Venter from Ben Vorster, Alex Schoeman from Merensky, Amy Taylor from Stanford and Ann Luther from Haenertsburg Rotary) as the scores were very close. The person with the highest overall score was Zoe Robertson from Ben Vorster High School. Haenertsburg Rotary would like to congratulate her and wish her well in the final round which will take place in Polokwane on 25 August.
Monique Zhanda from Merensky School who was the runner up in the recent ROJAC (speech competition) that is sponsored by Rotary Clubs in the area. Here she is receiving her prize of R5000 from Rotary Haenertsburg President, Paddy Ansell.