History Society hosts unique rendition of “The Weakest Link” gameshow
What started out as a battle of wits between 18 students ended with Katlego Lebeloane as the sole winner of the Vaal Triangle Campus’s rendition of the popular general knowledge gameshow; The Weakest Link.
The event was hosted by the History Society – within the School of Basic Sciences recently and saw contestants going head-to-head in the search for the “ultimate” history expert.
The contestants, the majority of whom belong to the History Society, challenged one another, and true to the television version of the gameshow, eliminated one another from the competition in each succeeding round until only five of them were left to battle it. During the elimination rounds, contestants were tested on knowledge ranging from politics, economy and sports. The final round saw the contestants’ public speaking skills put to the test. In the end it was Katlego Lebeloane who was left standing and named the champion. According to the judges, although the decisions was hard to reach, Katlego won the competition because of her ability to stick to a topic and her consistency in supporting her arguments with well thought about examples.
Asked how she felt about winning the competition, she said: “I am totally overwhelmed! I see this as a great opportunity to grow especially as a public speaker”. She walked away with a R600 gift voucher from Van Schaik Book Store while second and third runner-ups took home respectively R200 and R150 worth of gift vouchers sponsored by Woolworths.
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Accordingly, Katlego, a final year BA Public Governance student - with Politics and Law as her major subjects, she is no stranger to the campus’s debating circles. She has participated in various competitions on campus including the popular intercampus Moot Court Competition.
Since her enrolment at the NWU Vaal, Katlego has been a member of both the Law Student Council (LLC) and the BA Committee.
According to the History Society’s chairperson, Thokozani Hadebe, the event was part of its ongoing program to maintain an increased engagement and awareness amongst students on issues confronting society at large. “Debating in its very nature improves critical thinking and it broadens your horizons – this is exactly what we want to achieve” – he says.
He furthermore adds that history students, especially, should be part of the national dialogue on socio-economic issues. “We specifically chose the topic of discrimination in the final round simply to raise awareness and be part of the ongoing global dialogue”, concludes Thokozani.
Apart from gracing the event with their presence, staff members from the History Department: Prof. Elize Van Eeden (Subject Head), Ms. Charmaine Hlongwane (History Lecturer) and Mrs. Nolwandle Lembede (Philosophy Lecturer) also acted as judges to decide the winner.