27 May by Nancy Seleki
And the winners are …. All or ….
The 27th was the second day of the WISA conference and it was the day of the final presentations for the Wetskills program. After many days working from 8.00 till 22.00 this was the day to present our innovative solutions and thoughts!
The day started very well with a healthy breakfast from Bundu Lodge. At 08.00 everyone departed to Mbombela Stadium where all the activities were going to take place. When we arrived at the stadium we received a very good motivation from our supervisor Nakampe Modikel. Some of us were extremely nervous about the presentation and he indeed managed to calm us down. Ntabiseng opened the day with a short prayer that gave us hope and confidence.
We went to the Giraffe conference room to commence with our presentations. Janneke gave a brief presentation on the Wetskills program and shared with the audience all the activities that the YWP’s had been busy with since our arrival at Mpumalanga. The teams were randomly selected to present. Team Lerothodi was chosen to be the first ones to do their pitch and the other 3 teams followed. After the presentations some of the delegates visited the posters and had a discussion with the relevant team members.
At about 14.00 we then went back to the Lodge to freshen up and get ready for the Gala Dinner. We returned to Mbombela Stadium and found our tables in the Elephant room. The event went very well and the winner of the Wetskills South Africa Challenge 2014 was announced: Team Lerothodi won the competition !!! Nthabisent Masehla gave a vote of thanx to all the people who had contributed on their case study. All the Wetskills participants were called to the stage to congratulate the winners and pictures were taken with the whole group.
It was really an amazing experience for all of us to be part of Wetskills South Africa 2014. We were then given an opportunity to take a few pictures with the Rand Water Board members and some of the delegates that were present. After the award ceremony, the after party began and we had fun dancing, networking and congratulated the winners even more.
After many hours the ywp’s decided to go back to Bundu Lodge for a pool party. Yes, it was indeed a day that we will never forget !