Potjiekos battle

It was a tough competition, but ultimately Elichen Geises was awarded first place.

10 September 2019 | Youth

Ester Kamati



All hands were on deck at Perivoli Okonjima Country School, as it hosted a potjiekos competition, where the grade two class put all their skills to the test, to see who has the sauce.

The pupils were independent in their decision-making and had to plan the event to the best of their ability.

They had to make choices, including how to prepare their meal, which ingredients to buy and what recipe they were going to use. Although each participant was required to have an adult there to oversee their work, the parents’ hands were tied and they did the minimum, by started fires.

The event was hosted to teach and test the skills of the children, according to Loraine Kotze, one of the teachers at the school.

“For me, the highlight of the day was the wonderful way this group of learners pulled this day off so successfully,” said Kotze.

She expressed her gratitude to everyone from outside the school and everybody else who made the day possible.

It was a tough competition, but ultimately Elichen Geises was awarded first place out of the seven participants.

Some of the criteria used to identify the winner included the neatness of their area, the manner in which they managed their fire and presentation.

“I have learned a lot, like how to plan ahead and adapt, if my recipe and plans do not work out,” Geises said.

“It was a lot of fun, because I did everything on my own. I could answer all the judges’ questions.”

Nadine Heyns and the other judges had some difficulty picking a winner.

There were no losers, as everybody received a prize.

Johannes Kapner was awarded second place and Rosalia Ndaponondaka came third. The most independent chef, with minimum assistance, was Katrina Nyumbu, while the chef who presented their dish the best was Prosper Mukukutu.

Khumalo Sakeus scooped ‘the potjie with a bite award’ and Maria Ngoma was named ‘the most chilled chef’.

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