Ntando Mngoma – Ithuba Wild Coast Community College

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Curing Covid-19 will be a big breakthrough

Not going to Church has been difficult for us a family, writes 12-year-old Ntando Ngoma, a grade 7 learner at Ithuba Wild Coast Community College near Mzamba Mouth in the Eastern Cape.

Life after Covid-19 will be fun and exciting. It will be exciting because in my community, Lityeni on the Wild Coast, have many people who have lost their jobs and are suffering more. Fortnuately, I and my family are not in big trouble because no has lost his or her job and I still go to school where we all keep ourselves safe and clean.

The thing which is has for me and others is that we need catch up work as fast as possible. I and my family are having a big problem which is not going to Church. It is my family’s favourite place, so not going to going to church is difficult for us all.

My favourite time of day is night because it’s the time we are sleeping and I don’t need to thing about this Covid thing.

I think when this thing is over it will be a breakthrough. We will have a chance to be free again and live a normal life. This pandemic gave me a lesson is that when you work you must save money for the future because we never know what the future holds. I would like my community to have better development after Covid-19, like water and more job opportunities. I think it will be hard for our country to be better or to develop after lockdown because there has been so much money lost and spent during this period of fighting the pandemic.

  • This is a slightly edited version of Ntando Mngoma’s entry to Roving Reporters journalism themed writing competition, Life After Lockdown – The Future We Want

For adjudicators’ reference: Entrant  05_Ntando Mngoma



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After the Covid-19 pandemic, will everything return to how it was before – or will we change how we live in the future? Will we realise the need to make this world a better place, both for people and for nature?

These are the key questions in Roving Reporters’ journalism-themed writing project, Life After Covid-19 – The Future We Want, catering the school learners in South Africa from from Grade 7 upwards.

The competition forms part of a broader reporting project supported by Super Save and Media Development and Diversity Agency.

“We are encouraging high school children to document their experiences of the pandemic and reflect on how they would like to see the world change for the better,” said Roving Reporters director Fred Kockott. “Reflection is a first step to change, and this project gives learners a voice and an opportunity to have some agency in how their future unfolds.”

We plan to run the competition through to the end of the school year, with a top entry published every fortnight.

Schools that wish to submit entries should click here to access the entry forms and writing guide to share with learners who wish to take part.

We encourage schools to use the writing exercise in ways that fit in with the Life Sciences, Life Orientation and English curricula.

For further information contact Fred Kockott on 083 277 8907 or email fredk@rovingreporters.co.za

Now read: Poet’s take on life after Covid-19: “We fell asleep in one world and woke in another”