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I know I’ve been gone for a minute (months), but I would like to share my internship experience from November 2016 – December 2016. We were given the opportunity to write an article about the whole experience, here it is…


It all began from internship meetings to setting up the vision of the National School Quiz Championships (NSQC) 2016 stage, as well as coming across some mishaps and cheers at the end of the Tournament.

In an intern’s perspective, being involved in an internship was the expectation of learning, co-operating and gaining experience. Surprisingly, the interns got to interact with incredible personalities and received an eye opener about the real world; with hard work and determination champions rise.

Only 23 schools competed in the competition that are situated across the SADC region and brought upon the acknowledgement of Africa as a whole. The NSQC 2016 series was not only intended to bring smart minds together but to educate themselves and others around them. And of course to also add a spin of entertainment for these young champs.

These champs deserved some good braai and relaxing moments before the competition got started. On 3rd December 2016, the learners got to explore the campus at Pearson Institute of Higher Education and interact with other schools. Although, most were anxious to get through the competition, they were able to cool off on a Saturday afternoon with food, music and have a good time. It is all special thanks to CNS that sponsored electronic devices. Refreshments from Sir Fruit provided limitless flavours of juices, also Captain Read water provided by NSQC and Domino’s pizza.

The day arrived for the schools to be on set and ready for the quiz. The show began to film at 11:00am on the 04th December 2016 with the Quiz Master (Tino), ready to roast the learners. The learners described him as a ‘serious guy’ with a ‘don’t mess with me’ face.

Six episodes were filmed and the Quiz Master tested them on Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science (Physics & Biology) History and Technology. This carried on for the next two days, and even the teachers were defeated by the questions asked.

To the final episode, 06 December 2016, in the early morning all was set by 08:00am. Introducing the semi-finalists to sudden death to finals and a tie of rounds before the winners could take the first trophy founded by Thabo Mbeki Foundation. The Marist Brothers Nyanga College from Zimbabwe had won the competition which was not an easy win between the tie with Rand Private College.

The champions of NSQC 2016, Marist Brothers Nyanga College, received the ultimate Thabo Mbeki Legacy Trophy and were awarded R15 000 by CNS. Each of them were proudly given scholarships to study at Pearson Institute of Higher Education.

The other two runner-ups also walked away with an experience to remember. In 2nd place, R1-million worth of bursaries awarded to Rand Private College and in 3rd place, Maru A Pula was awarded bursaries worth R600 000.

A competitive show like this, which requires focus, studying and support from loved ones, makes the competition bearable. One of the learners from St Davids Bonda (Zimbabwe) had lost her mother. NSQC, being aware of her strength and difficult time, the Thabo Mbeki Foundation assisted her by giving out a helping hand in ensuring she reaches home safely and providing her worth R15 000.

Vusi Maqubela, well-known for being one of Thabo Mbeki’s representatives, took part in the NSQC as the Score Master with a cheerful and humorous character. He always believed in enriching learners with the knowledge of Africa since we are Africans after all.

Perhaps, without the help of Thabo Mbeki Foundation, NSQC’s vision would have not been possible. But most importantly, it would have been nearly impossible without the people that made every effort to make it possible. From the interns, SRC members and extra helping hands to top management of Pearson Institute of Higher Education and the very own ‘boss’, co-founder of NSQC and executive producer, Ian ‘Primetime’ Venganai, NSQC 2016 was a success. There is more to look forward to in 2017.

-Joy Bakunzi (Journalism)


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