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28 May 2019 | Story Xolisa Mnukwa
Siphila Dlamini
Siphila Dlamini represented the UFS at the 15th Southern Africa Scout Youth Forum.

During the short April holidays, first-year BA student, Siphila Dlamini, led and participated in the 15th Southern Africa Scout Youth Forum and the 41st Southern Africa Scout Conference. Siphila previously also represented South Africa in the 8th and 13th World Scout Youth Forums in Baku, Azerbaijan and Harare, Zimbabwe respectively. He also participated in the 2018 International Leadership Training in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Siphila was elected as a member of the Southern Africa Youth Committee for the term 2017-2020, with the mandate of representing young leaders in decision making and youth engagement at Zonal level of the Southern Africa Scout Youth Forum.

He formed part of the forum committee and chaired several sessions of the proceedings since the tender age of 14. Youth leaders from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries such as Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe attended the conference. 

This 15th forum was themed ‘The Role of young people during emergencies’. Throughout the forum, young people deliberated on strategies to improve decision making in national scout organisations within their respective countries. The Southern Zone Youth Forum empowers young people by equipping them with good decision-making skills and increasing youth engagement on the African continent. 

According to Siphila, the Southern Zone Youth Forum is an effective tool for youth engagement and the continuation of skills development among young people in Southern Africa. It allows the youth to reflect on their growth and achievement, while broadening the unique impact of scouting in the world. 

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Top matriculants for Kovsies
2011-10-11

 

Estie Brits

Estie Brits, Head Girl (academics) of Kempton Park Secondary School, was nominated as Volksblad and the University of the Free State’s Matriculant of the Year at a prestigious event on Saturday, 1 October 2011. She and thirteen other finalists walked away with tons of prizes at the event, which was hosted on the UFS Campus. Estie, who will be studying education at the UFS next year, won prizes to the value of R100 000.

“Finish quickly in Kempton Park, we want you in Bloemfontein,” Karien Jordaan, the master of ceremonies, told Estie, who also won the prize for best personal achievement. The competition, which is currently in its 31st year, honours matriculants who excel in academic, leadership, cultural and sports activities.

Estie, a top academic achiever, participated in the Africa Junior Athletics Games and represented the country in athletics and cross-country.
 

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