The Student Services Division hosted a lunch in honour of UKZN’s Choir which won four trophies at the SA Tertiary Institutions Choral Association (SATICA) National Choir Competition finishing in second place overall.

The lunch was attended by UKZN Executive Management representatives, staff of the Student Services Division and Choir members.

Executive Director of the Student Services Division, Dr Sibusiso Chalufu, paid tribute to the Choir: ‘We acknowledge and highlight you. We are proud of what you have achieved but need to do more for you. We need to provide more opportunities for your talent to be appreciated.’

Registrar Professor Jane Meyerowitz congratulated the Choir on their achievements saying ‘the Choir is one of the highlights of graduation’.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the College of Humanities, Professor Cheryl Potgieter, expressed her love for the arts and echoed Chalufu’s sentiments that further opportunities needed to be explored to give the young singers opportunities to showcase their talents.

Executive Director of Physical Planning and Operations, Mr Charles Poole - a former choir boy himself, said the experiences the members gained from being part of a choir would stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.

The President of the Central SRC, Mr Nelson Mabusela, said music spoke to young people and voiced his pride at the Choir’s victory in the competition, adding that the SRC would be supportive of the Choir’s future endeavours.

Choir member Mr Njabulu Phiri said they draw inspiration from the reaction of the crowd at the competition. ‘The reception we got from the audience was overwhelming. That was something to be proud of.’

Phiri acknowledged that the musical background of the students in the Choir allowed them to do arrangements for the various categories which helped them win the trophies.

Phiri thanked University management and acknowledged Chalufu and his staff members Ms Priscilla Cele and Ms Nokwanda Jali for their support.

UKZN’s Choir received awards in the following categories:

Western prescribed song (And the glory of the Lord) - 1st

Vernacular i.e. African Prescribed song (Ingqanga) – 4th


Gender based songs:

Female voice (Mtanami Mtanami) - 2nd

Male voice (Woza) - Position 7th


HIV/ AIDS song (Kwenziwe njani) - 3rd

Own Choice (Ihele) - 6th

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