Culturally grounded youth trained at camp

The National Heritage Council of South Africa  (NHC) together with the Department of Basic Education annually afford a group of learners from various parts of the country on a weeklong camp where they will be exposed to the diversity of South Africa’s cultures, each other’s heritage, history, values of Ubuntu and personal development.


The Heritage Education Schools Outreach Programme is one of NHC’s flagship projects in its 8th year positively impacting on the lives of the youth equipping them with a sense of purpose and appreciation of our cultural diversity. The participating candidates realize their self-identity and self-consciousness as South Africans.


“This programme seeks to build young people who are proud of their African heritage to conserve it for the future generations. At the NHC we understand that learners are better able to carry the responsibility to carry the legacy of our heritage”, says Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa CEO of the NHC.


The NHC hosted workshops in the nine provinces from May to September where the Council coordinated provincial eliminations, which culminated to a national camp where learners are now participating in a heritage challenge at the SANPARKS Tsitsikana National Park from 6to 9October 2015.


The learners are expected to research a topic, prepare presentations and debate on issues of heritage during the camp. One of their exciting tasks is to research about any place in their residential area which they should motivate to become a heritage site.


The top three schools will walk away with book hamper prizes for their libraries to the value of (First prize) R25, 000, (Second prize) R15, 000 and (Third prize) R10, 000. Individual achievers in this project will also qualify to be on a trip to Tanzania in 2016.


“We would like to congratulate the finalists who made it this far with a common interest to safeguard, maintain and re-creation of the intangible and tangible aspects of cultural heritage. We hope the youth will embrace other cultures for nation building and social cohesion”, concludes Mancotywa.


Below is the list of provincial finalists from the schools representing the nine provinces going to the camp. The media is welcome to contact the schools directly:

Eastern Cape

Engqobo Village Senior Secondary School

Educator: Mkiva Andisiwe

1.         Bavuma Olwam

2.         Ntoyakhe Simvuyele

3.         Hangqa Sabelo

4.         Mabhunu Simanye


Free State

Lerato Uthando Comprehensive school

Educator: Thabo Moloi Mr

1.         Tshabalala Sphesihle (Female)

2.         Mofokeng Mbongeni    (Male)

3.         Mazibuko Lerato      (Female)

4.         Maphalala Ntando     (Male)


Gauteng 1

Leondale Secondary

Educator: Sanelisiwe Portia Xulu

1.         Sthembiso Dabula

2.         Sinqobile Nonhlanhla Yende

3.         Khanyisa Kabelo Mofokeng

4.         Clinton Tiyane Makhubela


Gauteng 2

Gibson Pillay Learning Academy

Educator: Jennifer Murgan

1.         Gabrielle Murgan

2.         Ziphozethu Metu

3.         Lifa Hlophe

4.         Nceba Khawula


Kwazulu Natal

Our Lady Of  Rosary

Educator: Mr Wisdom S Sibisi

1.         Ntombizethu B Dlamini

2.         Thandiswa J Maduna

3.         Mandisa L Magubane

4.         Ntokozo Msomi



George Mbulaheni Secondary school

Educator: Thokwane Mashudu Sarah Mrs

1.         Baloyo prudence (girl)

2.         Boloka Terrence (Boy)

3.         Tshivhase Innocent (boy)

4.         Tshibudi Thendo (girl)


Northern Cape

Boesmanland High School

Educator: Ms Theresa Raman

1.         Zalin Muller (boy)

2.         Jandre Van krasenburgh (B)

3.         Hilana Van der Heever (G)

4.         Candice Bock (G)


North West

Vuyani-Mawethu Secondary School

Educator: Mr Leeuw P.S

1.         Thabang Manhique

2.         Kgotso kotelo

3.         Carol Themba

4.         Patricial Mamohau Mokataka


Western Cape

Rocklands Secondary School

Educator: Faranaz Mather

1.         Naeelah Dawood

2.         Gakeem Davids

3.         Chante Orgill

4.         Revon Kevin



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