Inessa Rajah
Class of 2016

In Inessa Rajah’s Grade 12 year she was chosen as the 2016 winner of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition. Inessa wrote a remarkable short story exploring the difficulty of holding an entitled position in the face of poverty and conflict-induced resettlement. Her piece grapples with the reconciliation and embarrassment of social status and the co-existence of privilege and poverty, and forces us to interrogate our own humanity Inessa’s essay, titled ‘Dr Congo-Man’, resonates on a visceral level with all South Africans affected by the uncomfortable in the face of the suffering of others. In recognition of her achievement, Inessa has been invited to London to participate in a series of educational and cultural events. She will be presented with her certificate by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at Buckingham Palace during Commonwealth Week in March 2017. We congratulate Inessa on her outstanding achievement!