The Abagold Choir is not a one-day wonder; this is its 13 th year of existence. In fact, it traces its
genesis back to the heady days of the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa when its citizens were
filled with a sense of national pride and Bafana Bafana were the country’s knights in shining armour.
In the choir’s first public performance that year, they were dressed in facsimiles of the team’s kit.
Its formation was an initiative of the company’s Human Resources Department when it became
aware of the extraordinary vocal talents of long-serving employee, Elizabeth Mabuya. She was
tasked with identifying other employees who had good voices and loved to sing. Amongst the 2023
choir members, eight have upwards of 13 years of employment at Abagold (Elizabeth has 24) and
have been part of the choir from the beginning.
An important development for the Abagold Choir came in 2018 when Human Resources intern, Luvo
Maranti joined it and subsequently became its conductor. After four years at UCT’s Opera School,
Luvo has become one of the country’s up and coming tenors on the international stage. His youthful
enthusiasm and knowledge of the choral tradition greatly inspired the members of this home-grown
But sadly, after many performances in and around Hermanus, including several for FynArts, Covid-19
brought the choir’s activities to a grinding halt. This year Luvo has once more stepped into the
breach and along with its founding members, has been able to recruit new singers from all sectors of
the company, and revive the choir. By the time he returned to university in February this year to
complete his studies, it had learnt a number of new songs, including one by his father, a renowned
choir master and composer from the Eastern Cape.
One of the choir members, Mzuvukile Qauka from the Hatcheries Department has become deputy
conductor under Luvo’s tutelage and the choir is well on its way again, filled with energy and in
excellent voice. The close to 500 employees of Abagold are immensely proud of their choir.