This year, the Scenic South website has been running a poetry competition in conjunction with eMzantsi to highlight the environmental focus of the event. Prizes have been awarded to poets who best address the theme ‘eMzantsi Goes BOS!’ while communicating the spirit of eMzantsi.

Winners in each group have been given a beautiful mirror decorated by eMzantsi mapiko recycled artists. The overall winner will also have the chance to recite their poem at the stage show following the eMzantsi parade on 3rd Dec.

Green Beans (Synergy, Imhoff, Ukhanyo);

Winner: Sisipho Landingwe, Ukhanyo

Green Chillies (Marine, Ukhanyo):

Winner: Sinovuyo Matshoba, Ukhanyo

Special mentions: Bongu Musqshongwe, Jo-Anne Dick and Constanza Harvey

Green Olives (S’town, Fish Hoek):

Winner: Ella McCarthy, Fish Hoek Primary

Green Peppers (Kommetjie, Kleinberg):

Winner: Pamella Ndyalvan, Kommetjie Primary

High schools winner is Thando Silo from Masiphumelele High – but rather for an extraordinary body of work rather than one poem. He is an imbongi and will perform at the end of the parade, just before the stage show starts. It’s more easily appreciated live than on paper!

Overall winner:

Primary schools winner:  Sisipho Landingwe (Ukhanyo) – as she addressed both the BOS theme and the spirit of eMzantsi 


I love you eMzantsi when I’m

With you I just feel special

You give me hope and I stop

Feeling negative you make

Me feel positive that I can


Make change in where I stay

And the song that says

Climate change the whole world

Take responsibility is the one

That make me


Positive and gives me hope

I really love you eMzantsi

You inspire people and even

When I am there I feel

Happy and that I can do more

For where I stay, the people around me

And for myself


And I enjoy when we play games

Like brothers and sister

And friends. Oh! eMzantsi

 By Sisipho Landingwe, Grade 5, Ukhanyo Primary School