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MAKING US PROUD: Toyota SA has announced the winners of its Dream Car Art contest. Image: Quickpic

Sandton - Toyota South Africa has announced the local winners of its annual Dream Car Art Contest at an award ceremony held in Sandton on May 5. 

The contest invites children from more than 80 countries and regions to share ideas about the future of mobility by drawing their dream cars. This year marks the 11th edition of the annual competition, which is categorised into three age groups; younger than 8-years-old, 8 to 11-years-old, and 12 to 15-years-old. 

In 2017, the national competition ran from January - March 2017 and a whopping 16 955 submissions were received from all across South Africa. The top five contestants from each age group were recognised and awarded prizes including PlayStations, tablets, and the main prize of R10 000 in cash

SA winners

The overall winners for 2017 were Sumayyah Yusuf Moosa (under 8 years) with her submission of the UniYaris, a flying magical car; Celine Hamman (8 to 11 years) with the Nature Car that makes the world a cleaner place; and Danika Erasmus (12 to 15 years) for the Toyota Pet, a flexible car made out of Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles. We've included the top 5 winners in each category at the end of this article.

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Check out the wining Dream Car Art below:

Sumayyah Yusuf Moosa - UniYaris

Image: Quickpic

Celine Hamman - Nature Car

Danika Erasmus - Toyota Pet

Image: Quickpic


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Inspiring young designers

The top three contestants from each category are subsequently entered into the international segment of the competition, which is held in Japan, and includes TMC President Akio Toyoda on the judging panel. 

Reche van Niekerk, Senior Manager of Sponsorships and Promotions at Toyota SA, said: “The Dream Car Art Contest is undoubtedly one of the most inspiring events on our corporate calendar. These kids’ drawings are filled with ideas for improving our society, and portray their dreams of a better future. We are proud of the talent and imagination showcased by South African children through this competition.

“Toyota congratulates all of our winners and we hope that the Dream Car Art Contest continues to inspire children to chase their dreams year on year." 

The winners in each category for 2017:

Category 1: Younger than 8-years-old

1st Place: Sumayyah Yusuf Moosa
2nd Place: Rhea Ramsaru Maney
3rd Place: Daharidasan Govender
4th Place: Tyrell Jeremiah Munsamy
5th Place: Jaiden Lee Ramroop

Category 2: 8 to 11-years-old

1st Place: Celine Hamman
2nd Place: Liam Joseph Sayer
3rd Place: Renee Leah Chetty
4th Place: Aaron Chetty
5th Place: Elazar Indhur


Category 3: 12 to 15-years-old

1st Place: Danika Erasmus                                                                   
2nd Place: Mareli van der Merwe
3rd Place: Charlene Higgo
4th Place: Waldo Erasmus
5th Place: Leyya Sheik Hameed

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