Search on for contenders for Matric of the Year

The search is on for the Eastern and Southern Cape’s top matric pupils for the 24th The Herald Continental Matric of the Year Awards.

The annual awards acknowledge the achievements of pupils across various disciplines – and for the very first time there is a cash prize.

School heads or representatives are encouraged to nominate their top Grade 12 pupils.

In the past, a bursary to Nelson Mandela University was provided for the winner and Excellence category winner.

This year they will take home R50 000 each to be split over three years to subsidise their studies at any tertiary institution.

The Excellence winner is a pupil who has excelled in spite of a disadvantaged background.

This year’s prizes are sponsored by Absa, Spec-Savers SA, Profiles Health Club, the Beach Hotel, Walmer Park Shopping Centre, Proline, Vodacom, Waltons, Caltex and Van Schaik.

Finalists and the Matric of the Year winner will also receive prizes valued at more than R200 000.

The Herald editor Brett Horner called it a pleasure to showcase exceptional pupils whose work often went unnoticed.

“Matric of the Year fails to disappoint year after year, turning the spotlight on the amazing work of our young matriculants.

“What a pleasure it is to showcase these youngsters and the work they do, not only in the classroom or on the sport field, but out in the community where their selfless endeavours often go unnoticed. We urge all schools to embrace these awards.

“Together, let’s keep raising the bar.”

Continental Tyre SA managing director Shaun Uys said: “Continental Tyre South Africa strongly believes in supporting initiatives that promote the upliftment of youth, particularly through education.

“The Herald Continental Matric of the Year event is not only an academic accolade, but recognition and reward for the region’s top pupils in various disciplines like sport and culture as well. We are proud to be a part of this initiative for the third year as title sponsor.”

Nominations open today and close at noon on August 25. Nomination forms are available at The Herald website,

Submit completed forms with all the required documentation to Matric of the Year Awards, Newspaper House, 19 Baakens Street, Port Elizabeth, marked for the attention of Berna Walters.

They can also be dropped off at these Spec-Savers stores:

Nelson Mandela Bay: Uitenhage, Walmer Park, Cleary Park, Korsten and Sunridge Village.

East London: Vincent Park Shopping Centre and Beacon Bay.

If you think you have what it takes to be The Herald Continental Matric of the Year,  click here to download the entry form and enter today.

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