For Kids By Kids Future Healthcare Ambassador crowned

For Kids By Kids is proud to announce that Tshepo Thabo Radebe, from Pace Commercial Secondary School, is the winner of our Soweto inter-schools public speaking competition.

During the round-robin competition, Tshepo Thabo Radebe competed with five other students to emerge as the top contender from Pace Commercial Secondary School in Jabulani. His speech impressed judges and he was named the outright winner for the prepared speech contest and his fellow school mate Fisokuhle Lushaba won the impromptu speech contest.

In the semi-finals the judges were captivated by the calibre of speeches. All the topics the learners spoke about explored the need for additional paediatric healthcare in Africa, enabling them to champion this conversation through the research they conducted.

At the finals on Saturday 14th May the judges felt that Tshepo Thabo Radebe and Fisokuhle Lushaba best articulated their complexities of paediatric healthcare and the solutions, and crowned Tshepo as the overall winner. “The winners of the competition delivered quality speeches. With enough training they will become great speakers in future” said the chief judge Abel Mukhwevho

NMCHT worked together with Soweto TV to conceptualise and roll out the competition. Jonathan Ramotsei, Head of Community Relations and Co-operation said: “One of the four pillars that drive strategy of the channel is Good News. We decided to partner with NMCHT because we believe that this good news will inspire the residence of Soweto, more especially for young people who are taking part, as well as for their peers. We felt that this competition will also educate our young ones about the importance of the NMCH and children’s health.”

CNA donated prizes for semi-finalists and finalists, as well as a surprise cash prize for the winner. Elelwane Pahlana, Edcon’s GM: Transformation said that Edcon was proud to be associated with ‘For Kids By Kids’ Public Speaking Competition and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. Edcon’s engagement with communities within which it operates focuses on areas such as education and the wellbeing of children. Elelwane added that in Soweto for instance, Edcon has been supporting two primary schools in Dlamini, Hlakaniphani and Lilydale. The retailer provided a toy library facility, computer classrooms, Back2BackSchool (uniform & stationery), employee volunteers have also erected jungle gyms and started a permaculture garden. The company also donated a kitchen at one of the schools.

Edcon is also one of the founding funders of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. “As a founding funder of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital and a company that is involved in education, this is a perfect fit for us.” The competition will air on Soweto TV on Monday 23 May at 17h30.