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November 2015 - Young eco-warriors’ fun day with pirate-themed awards ceremony

Spirits were high as Collect-a-Can treated the Cape Town region National Schools Competition winners with a fun-filled pirate-themed awards ceremony. The event took place on Friday, 20 November 2015 at the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat at V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

The air was filled with giggles at Collect-a-Can’s Cape Town school awards ceremony. Two pirates entertained the crowd with an exciting pirate-show as ceremony attendants were taken out on the ocean for an authentic adventure-filled experience. Youngsters received lucky packets and adults received scrumptious snacks. The CAN-man, Collect-a-Can’s mascot, also made his appearance at the event.

Mr Mayedwa Perhe from City of Cape Town, handed over the big prizes to the first, second and third place winning schools. First prize winners received R25 000 each, second prize bagged themselves R15 000 each, while third place winners walked away with R10 000 each.

The National Schools Competition that annually runs from 01 February to 31 October rewards schools who collect the most used cans - the more cans the school collects, the higher their chances of winning prizes. All schools compete in either Category 1 (501 learners and more) or Category 2 (500 learners and less). Category 1 awards large schools for collecting the most cans per school, while Category 2 awards small schools for collecting the most cans per learner.

Category 1 Cape Town Regional Winners:        

  •  1st Place -  Bergvliet High School collected 206 284 cans;
  • 2nd Place - Vredendal Laerskool collected 145 568 cans; and
  • 3rd Place - Vergenoeg Primary School collected 104 800 cans.

Category 2 Cape Town Regional Winners:      

  • 1st Place - Morester Akademie collected 15 485 cans per learner;
  • 2nd Place - Panda Bear Day Care collected 12 983 cans per learner; and
  • 3rd Place - Star Kidz collected 2 970 cans per learner.

“The learners, teachers, parents and local communities worked tirelessly throughout the year to collect as many cans as possible to make sure that these schools win their share of R788 800. We decided to treat these young eco-warriors and school representatives over and above the prize money received,” says Zimasa Velaphi, marketing and public relations manager of can recovery and recovery organisation, Collect-a-Can.

Collect-a-Can announced that they are planning on revamping the competition to make it more fun and to also reward individual learners for their efforts in collecting the most cans. “All schools are encouraged to participate in next year’s competition as to ensure that they don’t miss out on more exciting prizes and another thrilling awards ceremony,” concludes Velaphi.

For more information about Collect-a-Can or the National Schools Competition, visit

Caption: [Left image] Morester Akademie, the proud National Schools Competition first place winners in their category and region. [Middle image] The competition awards ceremony took place at the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat at V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. [Right image] Panda Bear Day Care Centre won second place in their category and region.

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