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Meadowridge Primary School scoops the R10 000 prize at the Liberty Promenade  Stage Play competition

 This exclusive partnership focuses on boosting literacy and creativity levels within Mitchell’s Plain

On Saturday, 12 November 2017, Meadowridge Primary School beat stiff competition from other three Mitchell’s Plain-based primary schools to scoop R10 000 prize money during the Oaky Stage play competition at the Liberty Promenade Mall this past weekend.

The competition, which is a partnership between Liberty Promenade and local non-profit organization, Read to Rise, is aimed at encouraging and promoting the importance of reading and art across the community. The top 4 schools had progressed from the elimination round one week ago where Grade 3 learners from ten local primary schools had been invited to the shopping centre to compete.

Meadowridge Primary School was closely followed by Rocklands Primary School which came a close second with a powerful performance. Liesbeeck Primary and AZ Berman came third and fourth, respectively.

 “We are extremely delighted to be part of this initiative The community and we are even more excited to see such a high standard of performance and talent among the young people of Mitchell’s Plain. We are especially grateful to the teachers and the parents that nurture this talent on a daily basis. Congratulations to Meadowridge Primary School,” says Najeeba Small-Ebrahim, the Marketing Manager at Liberty Promenade Mall.

Each school had to perform a 10-minute theatrical play which they have adapted from a book by three-time, international award-winning Mitchell’s Plain poet, and social philosopher, local poet Athol Williams. The book, entitled Oaky The Happy Tree, is part of The Oaky Series, which was written by Williams, and illustrated by Read to Rise’s very own Taryn Lock. Oaky The Happy Tree is a feel-good children’s book about an oak tree who discovers the secret to being happy.

Athol Williams feels that the translation of this book into a stage play provides valuable exercises in reading comprehension and active learning. “I am delighted to be part of this initiative with Liberty Promenade because the youth in Mitchell’s Plain are in need of role-models from their own community, and this opportunity can only inspire our talented learners to reach their full potential and unlock their creativity,” he says.

Liberty Promenade’s Food Court was transformed into a breath-taking wonderland, equipped with a theatre-like stage with professional sound, lighting and special effects which gave the event a professional feel and the local community came in large numbers to show their support to the youngsters.

“The Oaky Stage Play Competition has created a lot of excitement amongst the public, our shoppers, and most importantly, amongst the participating schools. We look forward to sharing this enriching initiative with all our shoppers”, says Dorothea Wright, General Manager of Liberty Promenade. “We are committed to our community and especially in enriching the lives of the youth and encouraging education. With this in mind, we are proud to sponsor 1600 Oaky The Happy Tree books for our participating Grade 3 learners”, she adds.



Liberty Promenade Shopping Centre, is owned by Liberty Group Limited and Liberty Two Degrees, additional information available at, Managed by JHI Retail Proprietary Limited, Registration Number 2013/192532/07 (“JHI Retail”) offers retail management and related services to its existing multiple clients and future clients, further information The shopping centre is situated in the heart of Mitchell’s Plain and attracts over 1 million shoppers each month. Since it was first developed, the centre has enjoyed rapid growth, and now boasts popular clothing stores, fast food take-outs, restaurants and an entertainment wing housing eight Ster-Kinekor cinemas. The 76 000m² centre has more than 160 shops that cater for all shopping needs in the Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha area.



READ to RISE is a non-profit organisation that excites children about reading and gives new story books to learners in under-resourced communities. The organisation works with all 45 public primary schools in Mitchells Plain and hope to inspire children to read with a fun, interactive classroom programme and also give each learner a new book to take home. To date, the organisation has visited over 1,700 classes to conduct their programme and given out over 86,000 new books.

Issued by: Gqamisa Communications

On behalf of: Liberty Promenade Mall and Read to Rise