Dedication, commitment and resilience contributed towards the 23 school choirs from the North West province to be crowned as the Best Province during the 2022 ABC Motsepe South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE) held at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg from 28 June to 01 July 2022.
Out of 23 school choirs, The North West province managed to bring home 13 trophies in different categories. The schools performed in categories such as Own choices, Gender based (Boys & girls) choirs, Special schools choirs, Small Ensembles, Solo, mixed choirs & Indigenous Forklore.
Ragogang Primary school from Wolmaranstad obtained Position 1 from the Folklore, Moedwil Farm School in the Rusternburg obtained Position 1 in the Mixed Double Quartet category and Setilo Secondary School from Mareetsane Village obtained Position 1 in the Folklore category.
All choirs that obtained the first position were awarded a R10 000 cheque and a gold trophy.
Matlosane Secondary School from Jouberton Township near Klerksdorp obtained Position 2 in the Mixed African section as well as Folkore category Reoleboge Special School obtained Position 2 in the Own Choice category, Morokweng Primary School from Morokweng Village obtained Position 2 in the Boys Choir category, Bert Bricks Farm School obtained Position 2 in the Sextet category, Ikopanyeng Secondary School from Setlagole Village obtained Position 2 in the Mezzo Soprano category, Boitshoko Secondary School from Mafikeng obtained Position 2 in the Tenor Solo category. All the second position choirs walked away with a cheque to the tune of R7 500 and a silver trophy.
Moedwil Farm School again obtained Position 3 in the Chamber Choir category and Tlamelang Special School from Gelukspan obtained position 3 in the Own Choice category. Both choirs walked away with a cheque to the value of R5 000 and a bronze trophy.
Ms Naledi Madi the school conductor for Morokweng Primary School walked away with the Best Conductor award and she is a product of Tirisano Youth Choir which represented the country at the choir Olympics in 2004, Germany.
The MEC for Education, Mmaphefo Matsemela accompanied by the Senior Managers from the department celebrated the achievement of the province by thanking all stakeholders who supported all schools.
“To our learners, teachers, School Governing Bodies, all departmental officials and parents, I want to humbly thank you all. You have just been awesome to allow your children to be in our public ordinary schools. Together we will make ‘Ngwana Ke sejo’ realisable in the North West province. Parents, it has been through your support that we obtained so many trophies. Your support cannot go unnoticed, as I am very much humbled by your support to both your children and our schools.
“To our teachers, you are just amazing. Sometimes you implement the curriculum under very difficult conditions but you continue to be resilient. Thank you for unravelling a talent that needs to be nurtured.
“To all departmental officials, your understanding on what are the needs per school is so appreciated. To all the Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign communities thank you very much.
“To our School Governing Bodies this music competition was your area of governance in our schools. You performed this task excellently and diligently. A special thank you to our conductors, you indeed denied all the negativity and remained focus on producing the good results”, said MEC Matsmela.
Mr Jacky Maila the former Chief Education Specialist for School Enrichment and Mr Mzwandile Mathews the Administrator for the department were both honoured an award called “Contributing towards the establishment of the SASCE in the new democratic South Africa” by the Minister of the Department of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga and Deputy Minister, Dr Reginah Mhaule.
The North West province obtained position 4 as the overall position amongst all the 9 provinces.
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