TVET students against the odds

The stars of the competition

LEPHALALE — Lephalale TVET College has once again dominated the Provincial COSACSA competition on Saturday 15 June.

This College, Sports, Arts and Culture South Africa competition runs annually and begins with TVET Colleges competing provincially, and the position one participants proceed to compete nationally.

On Saturday morning, learners from Lephalale TVET College were involved in an accident while travelling to the competition venue at Mopani South East TVET College in Phalaborwa.

Two people, both from Phalaborwa, lost their lives in one of the cars involved in the multiple car accident, while occupants of the bus, who represented Lephalale TVET College, were taken to the nearest hospital for medical treatment.

This traumatic incident did not stop the Lephalale team from going ahead to the competition and conquer.

By the end of the competition, Lephalale TVET College students scooped 12 trophies in categories they previously dominated like Poetry and Music.

The 12 trophies were a combination of 10 position 1s and two position 2s in these categories:
Position 1: soprano, tenor, mezzo, baritone, male and female voices, mixed choir vernacular, male pencil drawings, poetry by Amo van Mok and hip-hop dance.

Position 2: gumboots dance, beauty pageants for both genders.

Lephalale TVET College Campus Manager Jack Modiba commended the students for the bravery and courage they showed after the incident.

Modiba said it was the students’ choice and courage to continue and participate in the competition after being involved in the accident.

“The college is very proud of the students, and we would like to congratulate them for getting the accolades after such a traumatic experience. This shows the efforts of the trip were not in vain,” said Modiba.

The position 1 category participants will go on to represent the college nationally at a venue to be announced soon.

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