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ARTS and Culture Deputy Minister Paul Mashatile has commended South African pupils for their enthusiasm in contributing to the success of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
Mashatile was speaking in Pretoria on Saturday at the national art finals of the My 2010 Schools Adventure, which is a campaign used by government to mobilise support for the World Cup at schools.
Entrants submitted pieces in various categories that included essays, art, music and dance.
"My 2010 Schools Adventure has allowed learners to not only learn more about their own national symbols, but also those of other countries.
"They have been exposed to issues of cultural tolerance and this has helped promote anti-xenophobia messages," Mashatile said.
Building pride in our national symbols was part of the overall aims of the campaign, which is a joint project between the government and 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee.
It is also used to expose South African pupils to the cultures of the other 31 teams in the World Cup .
The top two winners in each category are:
Foundation Phase (Grade 1-3):
1. Seaba Mokheseng - Voorwaarts Get School, Free State.
2. Chane Cloete - Okiep Primary School, Northern Cape.
Intermediate Phase (Grade 4-6):
1. Matthew Vockerodt - Highveld Ridge Primary School, Mpumalanga.
2. Nkiyasi Ntimbane - Hitekani Primary School, Limpopo.
Senior Phase (Grade 7-9):
1. Mpendulo Khoza - Camalaza Primary School, Mpumalanga.
2. Kamohelo Msibi - LK Ntlabathi School, Free State.
Further Education and Training Phase (Grade 10-11):
1. Thorne Khoza - Rhodesfield High School, Gauteng.
2. Karabo Sedibe - Ditau High School, Mpumalanga.
Senior Phase (Grade 7 - 9):
1. Free State (Monokotswai Primary School).
2. KwaZulu-Natal (Lambothi Secondary School).
Future Education and Training Phase (Grade 10-11):
1. North West.
2. Eastern Cape (Masiphathisane School).