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31 August 2010

The winners of South Africa's most prestigious business/arts awards include Standard Bank Group. 

At the 13th Annual Business Day BASA Awards, we were awarded The Chairman's Premier Award for our South African Schools' Festivals, which benefits more than 6 000 learners annually. We share this award with our co-sponsors The Grahamstown Foundation and Sasol Limited. 

Standard Bank Group was also presented with the Sustainable Partnership Award for our Young Artists Awards. 

This is what the judging panel had to say about our contribution to the arts in South Africa under each category we won. 

Sustainable Partnership Standard Bank Young Artist Awards (sponsor Standard Bank of South Africa) 2009 marked the 25th anniversary of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards (SBYA Awards), in partnership with the National Arts Festival. These awards, in the disciplines of dance, visual art, drama, film, music and jazz, are granted to South African artists who have demonstrated exceptional ability in their chosen field but not yet achieved national exposure and acclaim. The awards are regarded as South Africa's most prestigious cultural accolades and the list of recipients includes some of South Africa's most famous creative individuals. A new development undertaken with the support of SB's business operations in Africa, the French Institute of South Africa and the Alliance Francaise led to 2009 Jazz award winner Kesivan Naidoo and his band performing in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya. 

Chairman's Award South African Schools' Festivals (Grahamstown Foundation, Standard Bank, Sasol Ltd) The South African Schools Festivals bring 6000 South African learners and their teachers to the threshold of artistic, educational, dramatic and social enrichment. Aimed at grade 11s and 12s, the Schools Festivals programme aims to go some way towards meeting the need for a varied arts curriculum in schools. Regional Festivals take place in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Free State/Northern Cape, North West, Mpumalanga and in Gauteng. The Standard Bank National Schools Festival takes place in Grahamstown in July. 

Read more about our arts involvement here:  www.standardbankarts.com

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