Pupils at the youth activation programme at Durban’s Playhouse Theatre.


School of Accounting, Economics and Finance academic Dr Msizi Mkhize inspired thousands of Durban school learners to enjoy Maths during a presentation he gave at a screening at the Playhouse Theatre of Gibson Kente’s musical drama How Long?

The event was part of a programme to promote awareness of the Constitution.

The youth activation, facilitated by Brand South Africa – the official marketing agency of South Africa – in collaboration with the Playhouse, brought together primary and high school learners to promote Constitutional Awareness, and the Constitution’s protection for freedom of speech, through screening the movie.

Mkhize addressed learners in his capacity as a Brand SA Play Your Part ambassador, a position he was nominated for by College of Law and Management Studies journalist Thandiwe Jumo because of his passion for community outreach.

‘Encouraging creativity in basic education has the potential of not only improving education, but also empowering learners and teachers with a special type of thinking and generation of ideas and algorithms,’ said Mkhize. ‘Sharing innovative and creative Mathematics teaching and learning strategies is my way of giving back to the community and inspiring learners to choose maths because it will guarantee them a better future.’ said Mkhize.

Mkhize wowed the learners with examples if they use maths in their daily lives, how bible verses can be linked to maths and even how iconic Nelson Mandela’s 27 year prison sentence can be defined using Maths.

KwaMashu’s Nqabakazulu Comprehensive High School Grade 10 pupil Ms Nomcebo Mkhize said: ‘I was so inspired by Dr Mkhize’s talk especially how he explained trigonometry in such a simple way. He made me very excited about my future aspirations of becoming a Chartered Accountant.’

During interval, educators engaged with Mkhize, keen for him to visit their schools which maybe a possibility as he will be part of Play Your Part Provincial road show activations at KwaZulu-Natal high schools in July or September.

Words: Thandiwe Jumo