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SunCares Arts Programme brings festivity to the school winter holidays

The Tsogo Sun SunCares Arts Academy holiday programme brought the wonder of the arts to 395 children from Mayfair and Diepsloot this winter holiday, through creative learning projects, all designed to help build life skills, self discovery and dynamic and symbiotic thinking.

Rob Collins, Chief Marketing Officer of Tsogo Sun, explains “As the CSI arm of Tsogo Sun, the SunCares Arts Academy is a programme that caters to all facets of the arts. We believe we have created a holistic programme for young learners at school that encompasses production, lighting, costume design, as well as an actual staged performance. Personal development is also included in the curriculum, which we hope will go far in preparing the children for their future, no matter what path they choose to take.”

SunCares-Arts-Academy-Students-JumpingThe winter festivities took place from 24 June to 28 June and consisted of two three day programmes – in both Diepsloot and Mayfair. The schedule exposed these dynamic and determined children to practical lessons on hip hop dance, theatre and educational workshops on behind the scenes preparation, symbolism, group image and theme plan, all of which was woven into group activities, including inspiring movies, innovative banners and rustic graffiti walls.

The SunCares Arts Academy winter holiday programme timetable was brought to life when the children were introduced to, and trained by, renowned American hip hop dancer Melly-Mel-Inspires, who has appeared in several Hollywood motion pictures including ‘Sex and The City‘, ‘Honey‘, ‘Chicago’, as well as South African hip hop dancer Kay-Roc & Q who is a ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ South Africa judge.

The dancing workshops were enriched by the inspiring Helen Desbois, who has experience as an actress, singer, dancer, voice artist and recording artist in the theatre, television and short film arena, as well as short film actress Kedibone Mokgophana.

Mellissa Flerangile, AKA Melly-Mel-Inspires says, “My aim is to work with youth in communities all over the world and use my passion for dance to motivate and empower them to be at the forefront of any path that transcends the ordinary. Teaching the youth at SunCares Arts Academy is parallel with my movement and it was heartwarming to see the youth express themselves with such character and style, and I hope to be given the opportunity to work with them again.”

“It is often cited that creativity will be the currency of the 21st Century – where the future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create, discover and achieve in a new and exciting paradigm, producing a society that is both culturally and logically literate. This is our aim,” concludes Collins.

For more information on SunCares, visit
Priya Naidoo | General Manager- Communications | Tel: 011 510 7583 | Fax: 011 510 7231 |
Cell: 084 440-0022

About Tsogo Sun
Tsogo Sun is the leading hotels, gaming and entertainment company in South Africa, providing a vast variety of hospitality and exciting entertainment and leisure experiences. Combining an established heritage with a professional and energised approach, the group proudly encompasses 14 casinos and over 90 hotels in South Africa, Africa, and Seychelles.

The company’s hospitality interests offer the widest distribution of hotels in Africa, providing world-class accommodation across all markets, including elegant, individually branded Deluxe Hotels and well known trusted market leaders in the premier through budget segments, including Southern Sun Hotels, Garden Court, SunSquare, StayEasy and Formula 1 hotels.

The exciting urban and resort casino portfolio includes the most popular entertainment destinations, strategically located throughout South Africa. In the Gauteng province, Tsogo Sun owns the group’s flagship property, Montecasino in Fourways, which features, amongst other attractions, the award-winning Teatro; Gold Reef City Casino and Theme Park in Southern Johannesburg; and Silverstar Casino to the West in Krugersdorp. Additional properties are owned and operated in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, including the Jewel on Durban’s Golden Mile, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.

Tsogo Sun (“TSH”) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The key shareholders of Tsogo Sun are Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited (“HCI”), a JSE listed investment holding company, and SABMiller PLC (“SABM”), the London listed brewing company. The remaining shareholding is held by various financial institutions and the general public.

SunCares is Tsogo Sun’s environment sustainability in tourism programme, which consists of three pillars through which Tsogo Sun aims to be a catalyst for change. These pillars are the company’s CSI programme, encompassing the SunCares Sports Academy and SunCares Arts Academy; Entrepreneurial Development, primarily through the established and impactful Book-a-Guesthouse programme; and Environmental Management. These pillars are creating a solid platform from which Tsogo Sun is able to leverage its considerable resources, experiences, and geographic spread within the hospitality, gaming and entertainment industry to provide the foundation for initiatives that have a lasting impact.

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