The Durban University of Technology (DUT) student, Mzomuhle Ntshangase was a runner up in the prestigious COSCO SHIPPING CUP Final Competition in South Africa of the 18TH Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, which took place at the Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel earlier this month (May 2019).
DUT’s Ntshangase, who is a second-year Computer Systems Engineering student said he worked very hard to achieve this feat. “My desire to go to China for the second time was a huge motivation for me, and I’m hoping that this trip to China will open more international opportunities for me,” he said.
This competition offers exceptional Mandarin students with the opportunity to go to China to represent South Africa in the world finals of the competition in June 2019.
The Chinese Bridge Competition has over the years been the ultimate platform for local Mandarin learners to demonstrate their knowledge in the Chinese language and Chinese culture. The competition this year saw 20 brilliant students from six different institutions in South Africa namely, University of Cape Town; Stellenbosch University; Rhodes University; University of Pretoria; University of Johannesburg and the Durban University of Technology competing for the coveted crown of representing South Africa in China.
Amongst the distinguished guests who attended the final competition, they included, Mr. Zhou Yong, Counsellor of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of the P.R. China in the South Africa, Mr. Wang Daoyu, First Secretary (Education), Embassy of the P.R China in South Africa, Mr. Fei Mingxing, Consulate General of the P.R. China in Durban, Mokgadi Tena, Director of Global Partnership for the Department of Higher Education and Training, Professor Sibusiso Moyo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement at DUT and Mr. Chen Jun, Managing Director, COSCO Shipping Lines(SA)(PTY) LTD.
Professor Sibusiso Moyo welcomed everyone to the competition, with over 150 people attending the event. She encouraged the South African youth, as global citizens to prepare themselves with multi-language skills especially Mandarin in order to confront any new experience that comes their way “Chinese bridge provides a platform for Mandarin learners to show their abilities. It’s also a good opportunity to deepen communication and strengthen the relationship between China and South Africa,” she said.
The competition featured three different sections in which all the students participated in. The first segment was a written test about the knowledge of the Chinese language, China’s national conditions and Chinese culture. The second element was a speech with the theme “One world, one family” and lastly a Talent Show, which included Martial arts, Calligraphy, tunes of famous Chinese classical songs, etc.
Mr. Wang Daoyu announced the winners of the 18th finals in South Africa. There were two first position prizes, which were claimed by Isle Smit from University of Johannesburg and Kyle Matthew Nash from University of Cape Town, and they will both go to China and represent the Rainbow Nation. One second prized winner Mzomuhle Een Ntshangase from DUT will also get the chance to go to and observe the world finals in China of the Chinese Bridge Competition. Sanele Kervin Ntuli from DUT received the third prize.
Pictured: Frank Lin WU, Mzomuhle Ntshangase and Professor Sibusiso Moyo.
Nduduzo Ndlovu, Qingxiu Tian and Sanele Ntuli