NATIONAL SCHOOLS MOOT COURT COMPETITION
On the 4th of October Vuyo Ngobese, Philasande Mdletshe and Mrs Sewmangal landed beautifully in the scenic O. R. Tambo International Airport, on their way to attend the semi-final round of the National Schools Moot Court Competition to be held in Pretoria.
This prestigious event was held at the University of Pretoria in their reputable faculty of law. It consisted of the top 36 teams from the nine provinces in South Africa. Philasande and Vuyo were required to argue a hypothetical case about a learner who was not allowed to wear a certain hairstyle and a declined proposal to change a school name which praised a person from our shameful past.
UP was filled with talented speakers but through hard work, determination and the grace of God these two DHS learners managed to get themselves to the finals which was going to be held in the Constitutional Court, the highest legislation in South Africa. They were to present in front of the bench of the Constitutional Court, this was breath-taking. It was nothing like ‘Suits’ or ‘Fixer’, this was real. They describe this as an opportunity which will live with them forever.
After a nerve-wrecking session in front of the panel and a tough competition from their opponents, they were deemed second – IN THE COUNTRY. Every minute was exhilarating and no one can put a price on that experience.
The finalists were awarded a law bursary by CDH, a prominent law firm, and invited to represent South Africa in the International Moot Court Competition. This is to be held in the beginning of January next year in the Netherlands. Mrs Sewmangal, thank you so much for all the hours of preparation and support, the travelling and the emotional guidance.
On the 3rd to 6th of October, Shaquel Tontpal had been given the chance to exhibit his Expo project at the International Science Fair in Boksburg.
We are very proud to say that he achieved a silver medal and a bursary to study any engineering course at the University of Pretoria. We would like to thank all those that have supported him in his Expo project.