Northwood are very proud of Philani Thusini, a Grade 11 learner, who came second in a province-wide Financial Literacy Speech contest held on Wednesday 19 September 2012 in Esikhawini. The event attracted entries from 1500 schools throughout KZN and he ended up a mere one point behind the winner at the finals, in front of the MEC of Finance, Mrs Cronje, and the HOD of Education. Philani received a thunderous applause for his speech on Financial Planning. He concluded his speech by saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail” which was then quoted by the honourable MEC Ina Cronje in her closing address! His prizes included a full bursary for a diploma in Information Technology with PC Training and Business College, a laptop, an 80cm flatscreen TV, a DVD player and a Postbank account with R300. The school was also awarded a monitor.