Thursday 2020-04-09




By Nokwanda Sibandze | 2020-02-27

AFTER three major sponsors, the Standard Bank Choral Music Competition now sits on E260 000 sponsorship for this year’s event.

The competition will be held on April 15 at Esibayeni Lodge.

The title sponsor Standard Bank has this year pumped in E200 000 towards the competition.

The sponsorship has increased by E50 000 from last year’s.

This was revealed during the sponsorship presentation which was held last week Tuesday.

Liberty also pumped in E20 000 into the competition.

 Macmillan Education Eswatini also contributed E40 000.

Standard Bank Head of Business Banking Charles Hlatshwayo  represented the bank’s CE Mvuselelo Fakudze at the sponsorship presentation.

Hlatshwayo said this year marks 27 years of the successful partnership between Standard Bank and the Eswatini National Choral Music Association in supporting the development of the choral music genre in the kingdom.

“Over the six years, we have committed over E800 000 towards this cause. Standard Bank remains committed to being amongst the key players supporting choral music locally and we are excited to be part of this initiative again this year through a sponsorship of E200 0000,” said Hlatshwayo.

ENCMA Chairman Sihle Gumbi thanked both organisations for their contribution.

“As Eswatini National Choral Music Association, would like to thank Liberty Life insurance for this contribution  as its their first time to sponsor choral  music and  we really hope that this marriage will go a long way.

“We assure them that the sponsorship will benefit the choirs a lot. We also thank Standard bank for allowing core sponsors to come on board, it's really going to be one of the best competitions we have ever experienced in the country. We also urge other companies to come on board and sponsor choral music,” he said.Gumbi said because of these sponsors, this year’s competition would be the best.

“It will be the first time a choir wins so much money and the fact that choirs that will not win will also get prizes, so everyone will be a winner. That alone makes us to be even more grateful to our sponsors,” he said.

He also urged other companies to jump on board in supporting this art.

“We appreciate the title sponsor for allowing other sponsors to jump on board and we hope that this will attract more sponsors for next year and the coming years,” he added.

Tickets are available at Standard Bank outlets in Mbabane, Matsapha and Manzini.

VIP tickets cost E300 and they are limited while general tickets are vying for E100.

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