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October 2014 - South Africa’s can construction champions announced

Clockwise from top: South Africa’s 2014 most creative and crazy can construction champions have been unveiled in Collect-a-Can’s CAN Craze Competition. The first prize of R30 000 will go to Pinehurst Primary School in the Western Cape who sculptured a beautiful whale that included fine detail of sea life and artistic skills. The second prize winners, Parktown High School for girls in Gauteng, can give fashion designers a run for their money with their stylish can dress structure. The school will be awarded R20 000 for their fantastic achievement. Finally, the third prize winners Rocklands Primary School in the Western Cape will be awarded R10 000 for their eco-friendly and magical tree structure where they are growing vegetables from the tree tins.

South Africa’s 2014 most creative and crazy can construction champions have been unveiled in Collect-a-Can’s CAN Craze Competition.

Collect-a-Can’s annual CAN Craze Competition challenges all individuals and groups with creative minds to build the best inventive structures from 300 or more used cans for a chance to win their share of R60 000 in prize money. The competition runs from July to September annually.

“We were blown away with the creativity of South Africa’s CAN Craze Competition entrants,” says Zimasa Velaphi, public relations and marketing manager of can recovery and recycling company, Collect-a-Can. “Once again, South Africa’s most innovative junkies took the think-outside-the-can challenge to heart and delivered unbelievable eco-friendly can constructions.”

The first prize of R30 000 will go to Pinehurst Primary School in the Western Cape who sculptured a beautiful whale that included fine detail of sea life and artistic skills.

The second prize winners, Parktown High School for girls in Gauteng, can give fashion designers a run for their money with their stylish can dress structure. The school will be awarded R20 000 for their fantastic achievement.

Finally, the third prize winners Rocklands Primary School in the Western Cape will be awarded R10 000 for their  eco-friendly and magical tree structure where they are growing vegetables from the tree tins.

Entrants exceeded expectations and once again showed to the rest of South Africa the importance of recycling and that recycling can be fun. The cans used in the building of these structures, were collected by the participants and will be recovered by Collect-a-Can for recycling.

The winners will receive their prize money at the Collect-a-Can year-end award ceremonies which will be hosted during November in Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape.

“The CAN Craze Competition is a great tool where we teach the communities that the recovery and recycling of cans can safeguard the environment and ensure a sustainable income streams for schools and other community members,” says Velaphi. “We look forward to see next year’s creative structures.”

The CAN Craze Competition teaches communities that what may seem like trash, can be a valuable resource that can be re-used in their artwork and then recycled, prolonging the lifespan of the raw materials and preserving natural resources as well as energy.

For more information about Collect-a-Can, their initiatives and competitions contact the Collect-a-Can head office on 011 466 2939 or visit their website www.collectacan.co.za .

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