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November 2011 - Cape Town schools win cash prizes for their outstanding can collection efforts

Schools win cash prizes

Schools in the Western Cape were again rewarded for their tremendous recycling efforts at Collect-a-Can’s annual year end awards function held on Friday, 18 November 2011, in Mouille Point.

At a closed function, Collect-a-Can congratulated and honoured schools in the Western Cape that had made a significant contribution to the collection of cans during 2011.

Zimasa Velaphi, Public Relations and Marketing Manager of Collect-a-Can indicated, “After eighteen years of exciting competitions and cash prize give-aways, Collect-a-Can’s schools competition is still going strong. Thanks to the generous sponsorship from our sponsors ArcelorMittal South Africa, Nampak, Coca-Cola, ABI and SA Breweries we were able to offer participating schools in the National Schools Competition this year a share of R747, 500 in prize money!” Velaphi continued, “Our National Schools Competition provides schools with a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for themselves whilst also spreading environmental awareness. Apart from the prizes, schools are paid in cash for the cans collected so they win in two ways.”

This year 333 schools entered the National Schools Competition, 100 more than last year. With 94 entries from the Western Cape, schools in this province managed to collect a total of 1,635,495 cans, weighing 50 790 kilograms. “We are very pleased with the increased number of schools entering the competition, however it is still just a drop in the ocean when compared to the number of schools there are in South Africa,” Velaphi said. “We would like to get as many schools as possible to participate in the competition and encourage parents, learners and community members to make their schools aware of this opportunity so that they can sign up and start collecting too.”

Western Cape Schools can be very proud of their achievements this year. The National Competition winner for Category Two (most cans collected per learner from February to October) was won by Panda Bear Day Care in Cape Town who collected 10,329 cans per child, winning themselves R 35,000.00.  The Regional Monthly winning schools for Category One (most cans collected each month by a school) were Bergvliet High (Feb-May and July) winning R10,000; Matroos Holy Trinity (June and September) winning R4,000, Panda Bear (August) winning R2,000 and Lochnerhof Primary (October) winning R2,000. In Category Two (Regional Monthly Winner for most cans collected from February to October), the winning school was Panda Bear Day Care, winning prize money of R 18,000.00. In total Panda Day Care walked away with R55, 000.00 additional funds for their school from their can collection initiatives.

The Collect-a-Can prize giving event was filled with sunshine and laughter as the children from the winning schools enjoyed various fun activities centred on raising awareness about the importance of recycling, ranging from face-painting, a jumping castle, rides on the Blue Train in Mouille Point and getting their photograph taken with Collect-a-Can’s iconic Can Man.

Schools across the country are encouraged to enter Collect-a-Can’s competitions that are run throughout the year giving schools an opportunity to win great prizes and earn money from the cans they recover as Collect-a-Can pays cash for all cans collected. For more information on Collect-a-Can and getting involved in their Schools competitions for 2012, contact: 021 534-7010 or visit

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