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The African Spelling Bee will be hosting its fourth championship in Uganda

REGIONAL spelling bees, recently held in Kimberley and De Aar, have given Northern Cape pupils the chance to compete internationally.

Pupils from 24 schools across the Northern Cape participated in the regional spelling bees in Kimberley and De Aar this past weekend.

The winners and runners-up from the regional competitions will now try out for the South African team that will be going to compete at the African Spelling Bee Championships in Kampala, Uganda later this year.

The African Spelling Bee, founded in 2016 by Spell It South Africa and nine other African spelling bee organisations, will be hosting its fourth championship in Uganda this coming October. Spellers from 20 African countries will compete for senior, junior and team prizes.

“The African Spelling Bee is a celebration of the African child, inspiring them to be literate and creating a platform to build confidence. We are truly proud to play a small part in this and hope to see a Northern Cape pupil on the team that will head to Kampala later this year,” Hlengiwe Radebe, economic development director for Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power, the funders of the regional spelling bees, said yesterday.

Afrikaans, Setswana and isiXhosa are now included in the spelling bee alongside English, making it more accessible for many of the pupils; plus participants are provided with Nalibali reading materials to help them prepare for the event.

This event forms part of Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power’s ongoing “learn-ready literacy programme” that supports the Department of Education’s literacy objectives. The Kimberley contest first prize went to Tshegofatso Mojanaga, from Beacon Primary School, the second and third places were awarded to Boingotlo Kopeledi, from Kimgolo Primary School and Victor-Lee Kruger, from Barkly West Primary School, respectively. The winning word was “laundromat”.

The De Aar contest first prize was jointly won, going to Immanuel Stuurman, from Kareeville Primary, and Ashley Pienaar, from Van Rensburg Primary School. The second prize was awarded to Monwabisi Sonamzi. The winning word was “misunderstanding”.

– Norma Wildenboer