Eisteddfod Press Release

30 June 2017


The Departments of Basic Education, Arts &Culture, and the Motsepe Foundation bring you the second annual ABC Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod. The national competition will take place from 4 – 7 July 2017 at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg, Johannesburg.

The ABC Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod, formerly known as the South African Schools Eisteddfod (SASCE), is one of the Department’s prestigious events in the annual school calendar. Now in its 17th year, the Eisteddfod remains one of the most crucial school enrichment programmes.

Minister Angie Motshekga says “the National ABC Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod, which falls soon after celebrating Africa Month, is an important showcase to highlight our diverse cultures and talent.

This platform gives learners a platform to demonstrate that as a country and a continent we are united in our diversity, and through this festival of cultural expression we are reminded of the true essence of peace, tolerance, forgiveness and most importantly, love”.

“From our history as a country and on the continent in general, these simple nouns described “Ubuntu”, a quality that includes the essential human virtues; compassion and humanity. The ABC Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod therefore, resonates deep within our communities and represents our values as a nation”, added Minister Motshekga

“The Motsepe Foundation’s involvement in sport, music, and the arts, is part of our broad objective to build a brighter future for all our people. The Motsepe Foundation has been very excited and inspired by the talent that has emerged from this choral music competition. We Believe that our involvement in this competition will help to propel and support music artists from the youth, further contributing to our desire to see social cohesion in the country,” says Motsepe Foundation CEO, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe. 

Event Theme: Celebrating the centenary of OR Tambo through music”.

Daily performance breakdown, starting at 08h00:

Day 1: 04 July 2017

  • Primary School Choirs

Day 2: 05 July 2017

  • Secondary Schools: Farm School Section

  • Secondary B School Choirs

Day 3: 06 July 2017

  • School Choirs in the Secondary A and Open Section

Day 4: 07 July 2017

  • School Choirs in the Secondary A and Open Section

The choirs will also recite the Preamble of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and render the Enoch Sontonga original hymn, as a symbol of commemorating 120 years of iNkosi Sikeleli iAfrica.

Members of the media are requested to please RSVP by contacting Ms Tebogo Mushi by email: mushi.t@dbe.gov.za to provide their name, media house and contact details. 


Department of Basic Education:

Balosang Sanki Lerefolo: 082 836 8703 / lerefolo.s@dbe.gov.za


Motsepe Foundation:

Ms Nozipho Xulu: 082 431 6768 / nozipho.Xulu@motsepefoundation.org 

Motsepe Foundation Media Liaison:

Ms Kirigo Kamore: 079 187 4309


@DBE_SA / @MotsepeFoundtn / #Eisteddfod2017

Download music sheets for the 2018 Syllabus:

Primary Music Syllabus-2018 Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod

Secondary Music Syllabus-2018 Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod