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November 2015 - Green schools enjoy fun day at awards ceremony

Spirits were high as Collect-a-Can treated the Durban regional winners of the National Schools Competition with a fun-filled awards ceremony that took place last week at the Premier Hotel in Pinetown.

The air was filled with smiling faces at Collect-a-Can’s Durban school awards ceremony as Mthethomusha SP School, Kwa-Zulu Natal provincial choir competition winners entertained the audience with their angelic voices.

The National Schools Competition runs annually from 01 February to 31 October. Schools are rewarded for collecting the most used cans during the course of the year. The more cans the school collects, the higher their chances are of winning prizes. There are two categories for schools to enter Category 1 (501 and more learners) or Category 2 (500 and less learners). 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.

Overall first prize winners received R25 000 each, second prize bagged themselves R15 000 each, while third place winners walked away with R10 000 each. Winning schools look forward to investing the money back into improving their schools.

Category 1 Durban Regional Winners: 

  • 1st Place -  Mthethomusha SP School collected 171 762 cans;
  • 2nd Place - Sibongamandla Primary School collected 141 218 cans; and
  • 3rd Place - Sewula Primary School collected 69 120 cans.

Category 2 Durban Regional Winners:

  • 1st Place - Peter Speelgroep collected 3 687 cans per learner;
  • 2nd Place - The Birches Children’s Centre collected 1817 cans per learner; and
  • 3rd Place – Lindelani Primary School collected 631 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 reward these green schools and their representatives with a fun and interactive awards ceremony 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 to ensure that they don’t miss out on more exciting prizes and another thrilling awards ceremony,” concludes Velaphi.

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Caption: Zimasa Velaphi, marketing and public relations manager at Collect-a-Can (left), handing over a prize to Mr Gama, a teacher and can-project coordinator at Mthethomusha SP School (right). The school won first place in Category 1 for collecting the most cans per learner in their region. Mthethomusha SP School also kept the crowd entertained with a choir performance.

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