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Amid all the challenges the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic has brought, Sea Harvest and Weslander thought it well to bring Weskussers some relieve with a creative outlet.

The Sea Harvest Weslander Talent Competition asked contestants to write original songs or poetry which they had to perform by singing, rapping or reading in a short video.

As an added challenge, these compositions needed to contain the words “Sea Harvest”, “coronavirus” or “Covid-19”.

Rappers, singers and poets had the Sea Harvest team, who were tasked with selecting the winners, in awe with their amazing talent.

However, only three contestants could win the prizes with a combined value of R10 000.

Cliffton Rajgopaul, Covid-19 project team leader at Sea Harvest and one of the judges, says: “Thank you to everyone who submitted videos. It’s refreshing to see such heartfelt efforts and encouraging messages from a community that Sea Harvest is proud to be a part of.”

Operations director, Terence Brown, says he regards everyone as a winner. “We are thankful for all the entries and hope these videos will encourage everyone to adhere to regulations and continue to keep themselves and their families safe.”

Third placed was Desiree Queiroz from Langebaan or Aunty Dez, as she is known, who won R2 000.

Second place winner Ashwin Adams from Vredenburg won R3 000 and first place winner Shameel Retief also from Vredenburg won R5 000.

Winners could choose if they want their prizes in cash or vouchers.

This is how it is done

Aunty Dez, a social worker at Langebaan Primary, says her entry was a team effort with colleagues John Hutchinson and Mirinda Briers.

“When the Grade 7’s returned to school, we wanted to do something special for the children and started recording these rap songs to keep them motivated.” She has always loved to compose songs. “We were super excited to read about this competition and had so much fun recording it.”

The trio will also be splitting the prize money.

Ashwin, a rapper and part of the group Brasse vannie Burg, says he hadn’t recorded a song in over a year.

“My girlfriend’s uncle works for Sea Harvest and sent me the poster. Family and friends encouraged me to enter the competition,” he explains.

Ashwin, a van assistant at Sasko, says he was surprised to hear he was one of the winners and sees this as a sign from God to continue and to never give up. He will be buying himself a flat screen TV, as there is never any extra money to spoil himself.

Winner Shameel says he is really grateful to have won the competition and it “came as just the right time”.

“With my song I wanted to simplify all the regulations, make it modern by adding a vibe so that it can appeal to people and they can learn from it.”

Although he already had the beat, it took him three days to write the lyrics, record the song and edit the video.

Weslander editor, Joline van der Merwe, thanked Sea Harvest for partnering with them to make the competition a success.

“Thank you also to each and everyone of the participants who took the time to compose and record their entries. Unfortunately there could only be three winners, but we hope to have similar competitions in future.”

Visit www.facebook.com/weslander to view all the videos.

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