KHAYALEMFUNDO High School under 15 girls of Mandeni made the iLembe District and KwaZulu-Natal proud after being crowned top schools chess champions in Pretoria recently.
On Friday, officials of the iLembe Department of Education, KwaZulu-Natal Chess Association and the Department of Sport and Recreation paid an unannounced visit to the school to congratulate the pupils on their outstanding achievement.
Proud Khayalemfundo principal Ms. Nzuza, WM Gwamanda (iLembe chess co-ordinator), Sandile Xulu (president of KZN Chess Association), Sphamandla Nkosi (iLembe chess head coach), IK Buthelezi (CES of Sport in the iLembe District) congratulate the Khayalemfundo Under-15 girls chess champions on their outstanding feat. Photo: supplied
President of KwaZulu-Natal Chess Association, Sandile Xulu heaped praise upon the school chess coach and the girls on their outstanding feat.
Chairman of iLembe chess, Welcome Gwamanda said: “These girls exceeded our expectations by winning gold at their first national top schools chess tournament”.
He heaped praise upon coach Siyabonga Gumede, who voluntarily rendered his services to coach these learners in chess.
IK Buthelezi (CES of Sport in the iLembe District) said: “Khayalemfundo girls have done our district proud and stand out as shining role models to the thousands of pupils at our schools. They didn’t have enough chess sets preparing for the national tournament, but their commitment coupled with the passion of their coach was undoubtedly their recipe for success”.
KwaZulu-Natal Chess Association presented each of the seven girls with a chess set and a chess clock. Schools in the iLembe District that require assistance with chess are requested to contact W. Gwamanda on 072 484 7835.