The North West winners at the 2016 National ABC Motsepe Schools Eistedfodd were honoured for their efforts at a gala dinner in Klerksdorp on Friday.
The gala dinner, at the Rio Casino Resort, was held to thank and motivate pupils and choir conductors to continue working hard to enhance the image of the province.
It also served to encourage pupils to balance their academic performance and extra curricular activities.
MEC Sello Lehari, head of department Dr Itumeleng Molalethe, school governing bodies (SGBs), members of the top performing schools and principals attended the dinner.
The North West had 25 school choirs that competed in 38 renditions which included the recital of the national constitution’s preamble, the plea for Africa, the national anthem and the African Union anthem.
Matlosana Secondary School was the dominant choir at the competition.
The choir won in five categories and won R155000 that will be used to address academic needs at the school.
Other schools that won were Reoleboge Special School and Iteko Special School from Bojanala, Zamakulunga Primary School from Jouberton, Botoka Secondary school and Seiphemelo Secondary from Tlokwe and Gatelopele Secondary School from Tswelelang township in Wolmaransstad.
MEC Lehari thanked the men and women who worked with the choirs for the success of the North West.
“On behalf of the department, I would like to thank our men and women of this province for their selfless attitude of supporting our school choirs.
“Our choir conductors spent extra hours polishing the raw talent of our learners to become the jewel of the nation. Their patience in developing our children will always be amazing and we are extremely proud of their contribution,” he said.
He said pupils should put the same focus and commitment that they showed in music, in their studies to ensure the North West achieves top positions in this year’s matric results.
He said the North West would be a target at the next year’s competition and the other province’s will seek to beat it.
Choir conductors have to continue with the good work they did in 2016.
Matlosana Secondary School’s principal, Simon Makhanye, said: “These awards will motivate the pupils to work harder in 2017 to defend our championship.”
The top choirs were rewarded with participation certificates and trophies.