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Diepsloot, Mayfair pupils shine

480 students from Diepsloot and Mayfair were given the opportunity to perform live.

Tsogo Sun Best overall production award High school group, Johannesburg Secondary School , with Tamerin Jardine, Koketso Modiba and Angelo Collins. Picture: Rebecca Hearfield.

JOHANNESBURG - Around 240 bright, talented pupils from Diepsloot and Mayfair took to the Lyric Theatre stage on Wednesday night in Tsogo Sun's SunCares Arts Academy year-end concert.

As part of the programme, 480 students from 12 underprivileged schools were given the opportunity to perform in concerts over the last two weeks, where top performers and best schools were selected to go through to the finals.

The Gold Reef City Lyric Theatre finale on Wednesday night showcased a year of learning drama, dance, vocal training and voice projection, together with life skills covering topics to empower youngsters.

Tsogo Sun's Shanda Paine says, "The programme was piloted in one school in 2012 and then launched in 2013 as a carefully designed full-year curriculum, facilitated and run by Minimax Performing Arts.

Best over-all Award primary school group, Bree Street Primary with Former Miss Earth Tamerin Jardine and BBA Housemate Koketso Modiba.

"We've used art as a catalyst to provide opportunities for change in the lives of young people in communities around Johannesburg."

As part of the programme, South African singer PJ Powers spent time coaching, encouraging and instilling a sense of confidence in the children.

Tsogo Sun's SunCares Arts Academy is founded in partnership with the Department of Education, local schools, leading learning and training institutions, and increasingly with local communities.

"This successful initiative has given us the means to provide gifted youngsters from Diepsloot and Mayfair with the knowledge, confidence and life skills needed to reach their potential."