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MBABANE – It is raining money for pupils this year. First it was SwaziBank who pumped a sum of E420 000 towards the SwaziBank Schools Choral Music Festival. And now, Macmillan Education Eswatini has done it.

The Matsapha based company has given the Swaziland Schools Arts and Culture Association (SSACA) a sum of E250 000 which is a sponsorship of the schools culture competition.
The money will go towards sponsoring some of the pupils competitions which include drama and theatre, drum majorettes, sibhaca and ummiso.

Macmillan is sponsoring the association for the third time. The first sponsorship stood at E150 000. Last year, the sponsorship increased to E200 000.
This year, the company added E50 000, putting this year’s sponsorship to E250 000.


Busisiswe Simelane, Macmillan’s Managing Director (MD), confirmed the sponsorship.
She said what they were doing as a company was part of their mandate of improving the country’s arts and culture.
“It is true, the company has contributed a sum of E250 000 towards the improvement of the country’s arts and culture,” she said.
She said they noted that such platforms help the pupils to realise their potential while still young.

“If you take time and watch the pupils competing, you get to understand the importance of assisting the pupils in making sure that these competitions become a success,” said the MD.
She said they were aware that the money was not enough but thanked the organisers for being able to use the little resources accordingly.
“We hope that even this year, the competition will improve and we will get to see more pupils identifying their talent while still young,” she said.

Edward Ngwenya, SSACA President, thanked Macmillan for being their partner saying had it not been the company’s support, the competition would no longer be exciting.
“Our gratitude goes to Macmillan for the support they have given us. As we speak, the pupils are able to showcase their talent and we have spotted talent from some of them,” he said.
Ngwenya said he hopes that their relationship with Macmillan lasts for a long time and promised that they will make sure that the money is used accordingly.

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