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