NID SIGN SUPERSTARS
The National Institute for the Deaf (NID)’s department for Integrated Support Services (ISS) launched an exciting, nationwide competition called NID Sign Superstars in September 2016. The aim of this competition is to promote South African Sign Language – to show its diversity, its vibrancy and its beauty.
Similar to the popular Idols competitions, contestants competed to determine who the first ever NID Sign Superstar for 2017 will be. This competition was open to any SASL user older than 18 years. The video entries – featuring a variety of genres such as poetry, music, comedy, and storytelling (2 – 5 minutes) – focus on SASL and showcase the language’s beauty and creativity.
The top 50 entries were selected by a panel of experts from NID. These videos were posted on social media and NID’s website for the public to vote for the top 20, top 10 and the final top 5 participants.
The top 5 participants went through to the finale – a gala event where a panel of external judges (all SASL experts) determined SA’s NID Sign Superstar for 2017.
Anell and Enrikus Koekemoer walked away with the R 15 000 cash prize and the title of NID Sign Superstar 2017.
- 2nd winner: R 10 000 – Coreza Buys, Leana van Rensburg and Dellavon Laubscher
- 3rd winner: R 5 000 – Shaun-Lee Jonas
- 4th winner: R 2 000 – Elzane van den Bergh
- 5th winner: R 1 000 – Vanessa Reyneke
Even the public won a few cash prizes for voting for their favourite:
- 1st voting winner: R 10 000 – Anel le Roux
- 2nd voting winner: R 5 000 – Jos van Zyl
- 3rd voting winner: R 3 000 – Trudie Jones
NID Sign Superstars’ 2017 DVDs is available to purchase at R 100 each. Order can be placed at email@example.com
We believe that promoting SASL in this way will advance the fight and gain support to get SASL recognised as the 12th official language of South Africa.
DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, THIS COMPETITION WILL BE LAUNCHED AGAIN FOR 2018! ENTRIES OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 2017! WATCH THIS SPACE!
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