Department of Basic Education Spelling Bee South Africa

As part of the Read to Lead Campaign, the DBE hosts the DBE Spelling Bee South Africa (National spelling bee championship) annually. A spelling bee is a game in which the participants compete in spelling words orally. The National spelling bee championship which targets learners in Grade 4 to 6 (the intermediate phase) is aimed at improving learners' performance in languages, especially in English.

A call is hereby made for all schools with the intermediate phase to encourage learners to participate in the 2017 National spelling bee championship.

The procedure for participation in the 2017 Spelling Bee is to fill in the registration form which must be stamped by the school and faxed/sent through to the provincial coordinator of the Spelling Bee. Parents of learners enrolled for Home Education are advised to request the Principal of the nearest school to support and stamp the form for them.

The Intermediate phase is still the only category for the competition whose winners will proceed to the National championship. Schools are requested to first hold the competition in class before the joint intermediate phase championship. It is expected that schools will hold circuit/cluster spelling bees before the winners proceed to the district and provincial championship.

Upon receipt of the registration form in which names of the Intermediate phase winners are entered, the provincial coordinator will organise a workshop for schools to explain the rules of the competition as well as conduct elimination rounds up to the provincial level.

The DBE will receive the names of the provincial winners and host a Spelling Competition on 23 September 2017 in Pretoria.

The 2017 Spelling words for use by learners may be accessed here or be obtained from the provincial coordinator. The participation rules may also be downloaded on the same web page.

The closing date for the competition will be on or before 29 April 2017.

For further enquiries, kindly contact Mr PJ Ngoepe, Sport and Enrichment on 012 357 3442 (and via on

All schools, including Special schools, are invited to enter. Participation in the programme is free.








Northern Cape

Ms B Khumalo

053 839 6407/6484

Western Cape

Ms P Smit

021 467 2244

021 467 9369/0214672056

Free State

Ms K Plaatjie


051 430 8251

North West

Ms B Masilela

081 397 3064


Mr M Venter

011 843 6776

086 544 9801

Eastern Cape

Mr CC Blignaut





Ms DM Mohlaba 

015 291 2658


Kwa-Zulu Natal

Ms T Vilakazi




Mr Vusi Mathenjwa

013 766 5822



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