The winners of the seventh weekly cash prize of R5000 are the learners of Rustenburg Girls High School located in Rondebosch, Cape Town. The school offers a leading academic programme committed to the core values of integrity, acceptance, respect and gratitude. The school is committed to creating a safe, supportive and inclusive environment, offering a wide range of opportunities to enable quality teaching, learning and personal development.
The COVID-19 pandemic sent many learners and staff alike into a place of ‘unease’ about not knowing what might happen next. The students became cautious, socially distanced and practised every protocol in the book – but with that, also lost a sense of connection and interaction. “The BBM dance challenge was a great way to become connected once again – we not only each other and the space we occupy, but rather that connection with our inner selves and being aware that we are indeed BRAVE, even through the unpredictable times. It was a fantastic way to reimagine dance during a pandemic. Overall, it reinforced this sense of ubuntu and knowing that we are not alone.” says Ulpha Edries, Head of Communications and Fundraising
The weekly prize money will be used to give back to the school’s ground staff as part of their annual Christmas package. The school hopes to win the grand prize of R20 000 to donate to Hannah’s Place of Safety – a home for abandoned babies and they are situated in Westridge Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town. “As South Africans, we have experienced a lot over the past year, with many of us feeling isolated and anxious, but this dance is a great way to reclaim your space and build unity because it teaches you to be brave, irrespective of the circumstances,” adds Edries
This season of Sponsors of Brave is calling on all South African residents to Be Brave, Mzansi and to do the Dance of Brave. To celebrate and commemorate just how far we have come as a country, the Be Brave Mzansi campaign is asking everyone to get up and dance, as we rise together to beat the virus. Those who submit a video to enter stand a chance to win a weekly cash prize to the tune of R5,000. Three video entries will be selected as overall winners: one by a nationwide public vote who will win R20,000 and two chosen by the panel of judges and The Ndlovu Youth Choir who will win R10,000 each – one for the best individual or family and one for the best school or organisation.
Nicole Austin, Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave ambassador encourages everyone to get involved, “Our country has weathered so many storms, and we continue to rise, mostly because of our spirit of gratitude. We express this in many ways, but there is no more impactful way to show our courageous South African spirit than through song and dance. It unites us, it fuels us, and it is central to this brand new season of Sponsors of Brave – Be Brave, Mzansi. So get up, be brave, and move, Mzansi!”
Take inspiration from the internationally acclaimed Ndlovu Youth Choir from the hills of Limpopo and local celebrities such as Lira and Siv Ngesi as they challenge you to learn the Dance of Brave and share in the joy across South Africa.
Find the dance tutorial and entry details below: