By Nokwanda Sibandze | 2018-06-14
INCREASING from last year’s figure SwaziBank has added E20 000 more to the School’s Choral Music Competition.
This now makes the figure E420 000 which is an increment from last year’s E400 000.
The annual competition was launched officially by the ministry of education at the bank’s premises yesterday.
Representing the ministry of education Macanjana Motsa said music is one skill that helps one to develop language and reasoning which is why they are proud to be part of the competition each and every year.
She said as a ministry that is for education they know that music can develop certain skills that also helps students gain knowledge and skills while enjoying music, these include emotional development, sense of achievement and better self confidence to mention a few. She also mentioned that schools that do not participate in music are depriving their pupils of a skill that enriches lives.
During her speech she also revealed that as the country’s election process has begun, the Music Association has partnered with the Elections and Boundaries Commission in a bid to compose music relating to the elections. “Let us enjoy and celebrate the country’s elections through music and not forgetting a song that will be inclusive, highlighting the role of women, the youth and people with disabilities in the upcoming elections,” she pleaded.
She also thanked Swazi Bank for being a constant sponsor for these competitions since they started; also extending their gratitude towards the bank was Chairperson of Swaziland Choral Music Association, Vusi Maziya who said that they were grateful for the E420 000 donation that the bank made for this year’s competition.
The competition is already off to a great start as they have received over 200 solo entries which has been the highest in 14 years of the competition. Although they had to select only 140 soloists for the elimination stage, this shows that competition is growing.
Swazi Bank Managing Director, Zakhele Lukhele said the bank will continue to sponsor this competition for years to come. Lukhele said the bank will have stalls at the competitions that will assist people to buy their new prepaid cards and open accounts.
Lukhele also mentioned that the school with the highest number to have opened accounts during the course of the competition will be awarded E10 000 to assist that particular school with any projects that they have. The winner of this cash prize will be announced at the end of the competition during the Champs of Champs finals.
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