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2014 Travel Writing Competition Winners

RUNNER-UP:  THE SEAVIEW GAME AND LION PARK
Landon Coleske
Brandwag High School
Uitenhage
Seaview Game and Lion Park
Port Elizabeth

Teacher: Ms C von Willigh
Brandwag High School
Uitenhage
Landon 3 Seaview Game and Lion Park Ms C von Willigh 2
Publication of essay pending


WINNER OF FIRST PRIZE:   DOWN OXFORD STREET
Cikizwa Kentane
Beaconhurst High School
East London
Oxford street
East London

Teacher:  Mr Grant Collocot
Beaconhurst High School
East London
Cikizwa Kentane

Oxford street pic

DOWN OXFORD STREET
A travel writing article by Cikizwa Kentane

As well known as it is, most people would see less than what it is and what it once was. The history alone speaks for itself. From magnificent railway tracks, to concrete roads, between districts to  where we can find our homes.

Oxford Street, once flanked along its mile long length by single and two storied buildings, is now being taken over by
multi-storied structures. After all, East London has the fourth largest harbour in the country. Seeing the geographical position of East London gives it certain advantages over other seaports. The City Hall in itself has a time span of its own. With the surrounding buildings , Oxford Street has never once in a normal day stopped being busy. From the upside of Oxford Street, the Guild Theatre is one of three theatres. In all its popularity, the venue hosts all forms of live stage entertainment.

To have to convince a stranger about how Oxford Street is different, I would start from random strangers on the way for every moment somehow making your day. Do not get me wrong. I am one of the most rare you could find. From the past to new beginnings, not every turn has a brighter day. Oxford Street has its fair share of downfalls, yet today it still remains, Oxford Street. The title given could portray a much bigger picture than walking down a street. Many have done it. Some have jogged around it, and many others may as well enjoy the view of it.

From the mini boutique shops, to the dramatic salons along the way. Again, East London has flourished more than what many had expected. Finding myself along broken roads and every sign facing better days. From cappuccino moments that filled every centre without words, having to describe my Oxford Street…. A place where within the last five years I have lived. I then realise that with its downfalls somehow calculating every idea of why I chose Oxford Street, is somehow a difficult sum. Every day seems to be the same, from the cars, to the taxis, to the people  that find a way to your money. And, by this, I mean it is either you are paying for it or they just take it! How loud could it get? Oxford Street alone has been a foundation of religion and culture. With its olden day churches, with different textures and structures . And what would they be without the people?

Coming to the negatives facing Oxford Street, I myself am not happy to mention. The crime is yet still high and increases exponentionally. Car accidents caused by alcohol users and a few terrible roads. Yet, at the same time I do not and will not forget the beauty, the great history, the amazing people who you see and as always will greet with a smile.

As much as I have heard and to what I have seen, Oxford Street is not your ordinary street down the block. As part of a small town and the inspiration of people within it, this is one path, worth taking.