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WLS presents the SYTYCS competition 2015 winners!

The fourth edition of the So You Think You Can Sign? SASL song translation competition closed on 11 September 2015, and judging of the videos took place on 17 September at the Wits Language School premises. The judging process was long and challenging but the judges unanimously agreed on the winners.

The 2015 SYTYCS competition winner is Jayne Batzofin and Marsanne Selzer from Cape Town! Congratulations! They walked away with R5500.00 in cash, a trophy and a certificate of recognition, and they may be featured on the SABC3 programme, DTV.

Jayne and Marsanne age 30 and 37, both hearing, performed the song Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars. Watch it and see the performance that led to the well-deserved win.

The first runner-up is Bella Monchwe, she performed Raise me up by Westlife. Monchwe who is (24) Deaf is from Johannesburg. She walked away with R2000.00 cash and a certificate of recognition. Well done! Watch it and see the performance.

We also held a public vote for the SYTYCS SASL song translation competition where our Facebook friend’s chose who they thought produced the best video. This category was won by Jasper Louw, the 2014 first prize winner and the 2013 public vote winner. The song performed was - Dark Times by Madonna Congratulations Jasper! Watch it and see the performance that led to the well-deserved win.

According to the poll taken on Survey Monkey via our Facebook page, Jasper garnered 37.7% of the votes – 435 people cast their votes.

Thank you to all those who submitted their videos – we appreciate your participation. We hope to see you again in the 2016 edition of the competition.

We also extend a very big thank you to all our judges and the DTV filming crew! Our judges were:

  • Alison Swannack –SASL Academic Coordinator/Curriculum Developer at Wits Language School
  • Olga Blose – PANSLAB
  • Lucas Magongwa – Deaf Education, The Deaf Centre, Wits University
  • John Meleste – GALA, Wits University
  • Isaac Monchwe – Shush Productions
  • Candice Morgan – Dtv
  • Natasha Parkins-Maliko – NASASLI / WASLI
  • Lindsay Rielly – SLLM, SASL Department, Wits University

Until the next competition, take care!