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Settlers Way High School comes up tops in the Airport Shopping School Choir Festive CD 2011 competition
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | 00:00

Settlers Way High School from Bellville won the Cape Town International Airport, Airport Shopping local school choir competition. The first runner-up is Jan van Riebeek High School from Kloofnek, Cape Town and second runners up are Harry Gwala High School from Khayelitsha.

Ten finalists took part in the week long event culminating with the announcement of winners on Saturday 12 November.  All the ten schools will form part of the Airport Shopping’s limited edition Festive CD going on sale in December. 

The top three choirs received the following prizes:

  • Settlers Way High School (Winner):  Trophy, R10’000 for the school and a Blackberry Curve 8520 for each choir member sponsored by Vodacom and Blackberry.
  • Jan van Riebeek High School (1st runner up):  Trophy and R5,000 for the school.
  • Harry Gwala High School (2nd runner up):  Trophy and R3,000 for the school.

Hugo Smuts, choir master for Settlers High, said, “Once again thank you for a well-organised and exciting competition!  It was lovely to win, but even without the win the children really enjoyed doing this.”

“It was a huge experience for the children to be in a competition with other learners from different backgrounds.  It was a first for the kids to share a stage with so many schools and to have such a diverse audience.  It was wonderful,” said Mhlalisi Nungeka Harry Gwala High School’s choir master.

Airports Company South Africa’s Group Specialist: Marketing, Danielle Charles adds “Besides the Western Cape, the competition was rolled-out at high schools in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal but in time it may expand to include the entire domestic footprint of Airports Company South Africa.”

A limited number of CD’s will be on sale at the Duty Free stores and will make for a trendy keepsake of passengers visit to South Africa!  The three international airports believe it is equally fitting to herald in the festive season by celebrating the best of SA’s young local talent.

“Cape Town International Airport would like to take this opportunity to congratulate not only the winners but all the finalists who took part in the competition. We indeed have immense talent in our country and the CD is a wonderful platform through which it can be shared,” added Deidre Davids, the Communications Manager for Cape Town International Airport.

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