Knight Piésold Southern Africa Announces Winner and runners up for the Bokamoso Creative Essay Competition

Knight Piésold Southern Africa Announces Winner and runners up for the Bokamoso Creative Essay Competition

Award-winning engineering and environmental consultancy, Knight Piésold Southern Africa launched a creative essay writing competition for no-fee and partly funded high schools across Gauteng, in March 2019. This competition formed part of the Bokamoso programme that is committed to improving the lives of future generations, that aims to give high school learners in Gauteng the opportunity to let their talent shine through creative writing. 

Knight Piésold, is mindful of the challenges facing so many schools and pupils and it was vital to remember the history of South Africa and to pass on the lessons learnt to the next generation.  In this way, learners can build a culture of humanity, respect and unity in our country.

The company decided to create some good news and launch the creative essay competition on the topic “Looking back, Moving forward, My Dream, My South Africa”.

Managing Director Vishal Haripersad believes that we need to help the youth understand that success is within their reach and this can be achieved with hard work, dedication, and support from the community.  

“There is no shortcut to success,” Haripersad passionately stated. “We are working together with stakeholders that include the public, businesses, and the government to create a culture of respect, performance, and hard work. We have asked ourselves what we as a community should be doing to create the future we want to see and have implemented various initiatives to achieve this goal.”

The winners and runners up were announced in an award ceremony held at Jabulani Technical High School in Soweto on Friday 12 July 2019. With over 40 essays received from 12 high schools within Gauteng, 6 learners were short listed and invited to recite their essays at the award ceremony.

Winner, Shivek Rajkaran from Lenasia South Secondary, walked away with the biggest prize of R5000 as well as an investment of up too R100000 that will go towards the schools math and science equipment. Second place went to Angela Kgothatso Motloung from Moletsane Secondary School in Soweto (R2000) and third place went to Nasiphi Dephana from Minerva High School in Alexandra(R1000).

About Knight Piésold:

Knight Piésold is a global engineering and environmental consulting firm that focuses on creating value at every stage of a project through quality driven, sustainable solutions. In Southern Africa, we have a 200-strong team across 11 offices in South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, and Zambia. In 2018, we achieved BBEEE Level 1 status and received 14 accolades from industry associations.