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SASCE 2013: DAY 4

Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga made a visit to the South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod on Friday, 5 July 2013, to enjoy the talent on display on the final day of the competition.

SASCE was on from 2-5 July and saw thousands of hopeful young learners coming together to compete against the cream of the crop. The learners engaged in moving solo and group performances at the Rhema Church in Randburg, Johannesburg, much to the delight of the audience members who packed the auditorium throughout the competition.

Addressing learners and audience members of the audience Minister Motshekga hailed the SASCE project as it resonates with the government’s vision to improve the quality of life for all citizens as it frees the potential of each participant.

“This is a strategic programme in our quest to promote unity in diversity, reconciliation and social cohesion. Using music as a medium, the competition strives to transmit cultural, traditional and indigenous messages that we hope will serve to promote nation-building, a deep-rooted sense of belonging and a South African national identity for all,” said the Minister.

“It is with this goal in mind that I previously declared 2013 the year of Inclusive education. I am pleased, that through SASCE, the Department is pursuing this goal as we see the inclusion of the Own Choice category which is reserved for special schools. This progressive step should promote equal access at this event.”

Minister Motshekga went on to remind parents, learners and educators in the audience that the primary goal of the Department was to ensure that learners achieved quality educational outcomes.

“So as we enrich our children’s lives through music, sport and other cultural activities, we need to ascertain also that we do not drop the education outcomes ball,” said Minister Motshekga.

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SASCE 2013: DAY 2

Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Mr Enver Surty was full of praise for the learners competing in the 2013 South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod during his visit to the competition on Tuesday, 3 July 2013.


Day two of the annual school choral competition saw choirs and soloists made up of learners in the Senior Phase (Grades 7-9) competing for top honours in 12 categories.


The singers entertained the crowds packed into the auditorium at Rhema Church in Randburg, Johannesburg, from early into the morning until late into the evening as schools from across the country exhibited their extraordinary talents.


Addressing the audience at Rhema, Deputy Minister Surty hailed the participants who came from far and wide to compete against the future of South Africa’s cultural talent.


“I am very pleased to be here and have fond memories as a spectator of this competition. And as we gather here today I am sure you would agree with me that we dedicate our efforts at this competition to former President Mandela,” said the Deputy Minister.


This year the theme of SASCE reflects the call by Minister Motshekga to foreground inclusive education and rightfully so, as every citizen should be given the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Added Deputy Minister Surty.


“Next year we celebrate 20 years of Democracy and we are working to ensure that SASCE 2014 reflects the achievements of the democratic government. However, while we must sing and celebrate our successes we should acknowledge that we still have much to do and this should reflect in our celebrations,” concluded Deputy Minister Surty.


Day 2 winners


Own Choice Category: Any Voice Combination (Special Schools only):


Arthur  Blaxall, KZN


Soprano Concert Solo:  Umso JS, NC


Mezzo Soprano Concert Solo: Birdswood, KZN


Tenor Concert Solo: Sivile, WC


Baritone/Bass Concert Solo: Edamini, KZN


SSA Sextets: Harmony Park, MP


SATB Mixed Double      Quartet: Morningside, KZN


Mixed Choirs (Western): Birdswood, KZN


Mixed Choirs (Afrkaans): Cofimvaba Village, EC


Mixed Choirs (African): Lusikisiki Village, EC


SATB Choir National Anthem: Lusikisiki Village, EC


HIV/Aids Jingle and Folklore: Kwa Qonda, EC

SASCE 2013: DAY 1

Day one of the 2013 South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod saw the auditorium of Rhema Ministries in Randburg, Johannesburg, reverberate with the sound of music and joyous celebration as the top school choirs in the country came together to strut their stuff.

The first day of the competition saw learners from schools in the Intermediate Phase (Grades 4-7) competing in eight categories.

The winners of the eight categories are listed below:

Own Choice Category:  Arthur Blaxall Primary School, KZN

SSA Sextets: Imbasa PS, Eastern Cape

SATB Mixed Double Quartet: Morningside Primary School, KZN

Mixed Choir (Western): Vusukukhanya Primary School, KZN

Mixed Choirs (Afrikaans): Lukhanji Primary School, Eastern Cape

Mixed Choirs (African): Mbalenhle Primary Schoo, KZN

SATB Choir (National Anthem): Bosabosele Primary School, NW

Folklore Item:  A re Itshokeng, NW

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