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DUT: Five students to meet the Queen of England

DUT: Five students to meet the Queen of England


A group of five final year drama students at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) have won a competition giving them a lifetime opportunity to meet the Queen of England on 14 February 2008.

Destiny Youth Project, the name of the winning group, put together an HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign which caught the eye of a panel of judges. Thirteen groups were selected to take part in this Enterprise 4 Life competition which is a project run by Tabeisa (based at DUT).

The Tabeisa winning students have received an invitation to a dinner with the Queen of England and they will be travelling around London at some theatres to gain more experience. Tabeisa UK Office will pay all the expenses. They are leaving for the UK on 13 February 2008.

Tabeisa is a non-profit making international network of education institutions that has been operating for ten years. It assists with strategies to help higher education institutions to become catalysts for economic regeneration. In September 2004 Tabeisa was nominated by the European Union as their example of a success story in Poverty Alleviation and Employment Creation.

In 2007 Tabeisa ran a competition on Enterprise 4 Life where students, staff and KZN community members were to do an awareness campaign on how to be Aids aware using the Tabeisa book material as a reference. Fifty groups entered the competition from DUT – students, staff and community around KZN and thirteen were shortlisted to participate. They were later judged by a Panel of adjudicators through watching their DVDs that were taken during their awareness campaigns.

“We are greatly honoured and privileged to be afforded an opportunity to meet the Queen of England”, says Nelisiwe Ngcobo, a member of the winning group. Ngcobo further says that as Drama students they did their AIDS awareness campaign through theatre performance at Cane Growers Hall on the ML Sultan campus and later at Kentaton Primary School in the South Coast. She continues saying theatre education which provided imagination and painted the whole picture of AIDS awareness campaign was the key to their success. She can be contacted on 072 423 1772.

Another member of the winning group Siphindile Nzimande she says it is still unbelievable that everything happened so fast, adding that she is thrilled and looking forward to meeting the Queen. She explains that their AIDS awareness campaign was unique and different in that they conveyed the message through singing, dancing, entertaining and educating at the same time. They also performed drama. She can be contacted on 083 978 3751.

For further information on Tabeisa and Enterprise 4 Life competition contact:
Ms Nons Khanyile
TEC Manager
Durban University of Technology
Tel: +2731 373 6814
Fax: +2731 373 6788