17 November 2018


Dr KK dominates Schools Choral Championships

by: Karabo Haoka   date: 08 june 2018

The Department of Education and Sport Development hosted the annual Provincial Schools Choral Eisteddfod Championships in Mahikeng from May 31st to June 2nd, 2018. Winners of the championships will represent the province at the national championships scheduled for 26-29 June 2018 at the Rhema Ministries in Randburg.
Though learners from primary schools (Grades 3 - 6) only compete provincially, learners from secondary schools (Grades 7 - 12) proceed to compete at national level. 

In a staggering showcase of vocal abilities, learners representing various schools across the province left the audience at awe as they competed in different categories of choral melodies. 

Speaking on behalf of the Department of Education and Sport Development, Acting Deputy Director General, Dr Shadrack Mvula, expressed gratitude to learners, parents and teachers for the great work and dedication they have shown at the competition. 

“About 120 children will be trained on orchestra in Mafikeng. In five years’ time we will rule this country in music,” said Dr Mvula, adding that schools that were participating in choral music were performing well academically. 

Showing their dominance in choral music, the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District scooped five first prize positions in various categories in the Foundation Phase. 

The district continued their dominance in the Secondary Schools category scooping a total of 20 first prize positions and will proceed to compete at national level. 
Other districts schools going to compete at national are Mampho, Mothotlung and Temogo

The school Choral Eisteddfod was launched in 2001 by the National Department of Basic Education under the then Minister Prof Cader Asmal. The objective of the completion is to do away with fragmented structures which used to organise school choral competitions at that time, such as SASMO, SADTU and NAPTOSA . 

The original objective of unifying the fragmented structures has since been achieved as a consequence. Currently, the objective is to address social ills, parity, exclusivity, social cohesion, multi-langualism and other government imperatives.

Organising Committee member, Jackie Maila, commenting about the competition said: “We give the choristers an opportunity to discover and showcase their talents. This platform also creates the strong possibility of making a career out of the Arts following a particular genre.
“Learners will learn to manage time effectively if and ony if they are involved in extra mural activities. Their memories retention become higher and sharper because they perform many repertoires without music score, and their choreographic permutations in indigenous music and dance are so amazing and yet so mathematical.”