Erin Sloane, a learner from Greenfields Girls’ Primary School in the Western Cape was the champion speller of the year at the 2015 National Spelling Bee championship held at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg on 10 October 2015.
Sloane, received a trophy, a Monash scholarship to the value of R200, 000, a R2000 cheque from the AVBOB foundation, and a R500 gift voucher. The 2nd place winner, Sumaiya Shaikh, a learner from Pioneer Primary School in Gauteng Province, was awarded a trophy, a R1500 cheque from AVBOB Foundation, and a R500 gift voucher. The 3rd place winner, Mapheto Malakia, a learner from Dikolobe Primary School in Limpopo walked away with a trophy, a cheque to the value of R1000, and a R500 gift voucher.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) Spelling Bee South Africa was initiated in 2013, and culminated in the first National Spelling Bee Competition in 2014. The aim of the Spelling Bee is to improve the literacy level of learners, especially in primary schools, with the primary goal of closing the gaps that have been highlighted consistently by the Annual National Assessments (ANA) results.