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Hermanus teen lauded for coaching young chess players

Hermanus teen lauded for coaching young chess players

10 October 2019

Inga Mfundisi, a Grade 11 learner at Hermanus High School and a talented chess player, has been described as an ambassador of ubuntu.

Caren Dalhuysen, a spectator at the Western Cape Top Schools Chess Championships in Ceres, was so moved by Inga’s example of “leading by serving” that she wrote to Hermanus High School Principal Greg Hassenkamp to bring it to his attention.

Inga has been volunteering as a chess coach at Lukhanyo Primary School in Zwelihle, Hermanus since 2015. Under her guidance, the young chess players have achieved national and provincial awards. Most recently, Lukhanyo Primary School’s under-9 and under-13 girls’ teams won the top positions in the province in their respective age categories.

In 2018, Inga received a special commendation, alongside a standing ovation, at the annual Provincial Sport Awards for setting an example as a passionate, caring and responsible youth leader.

“I read on Hermanus High School’s website that ‘true education extends well beyond the classroom’,” said Dalhuysen.  “Indeed, our generation can learn a lot from Inga Mfundisi with her beautiful example of service and sacrifice for the next generation. I learned that she has now also been selected as a member of the matric council and would like to express the hope that her influence of ‘leading by serving’ will also extend further into our beautiful country where we are so in need of serving leaders. Your school and the whole of Overberg can be proud of this humble young ambassador of ‘ubuntu’.”