The two organisations plan to collaborate on several fronts, but the first practical expression of the partnership is the participation of at least 15 young people from Hout Bay’s Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu areas in the CCCs Junior Rosa Choir.
The choir has doubled its size to over 40 young people, with groups from Hout Bay and other areas joining in recent weeks. The choir sings popular and traditional songs in the three regional languages, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English. It brings together youth from across social divides, fostering diversity and building non-racialism through the Arts.
“We are proud to be part of this initiative,” said Debbie Budlender, manager of the Denis Goldberg House of Hope initiative.
“The values of this project are close to the heart of Denis Goldberg who has spent his life struggling for a non-racial South Africa that belongs to all who live in it,” she added.
The CCCs Head of Operations, Mansoor Jaffer, said that he was sure the partnership would blossom into something quite powerful in the next few months as the two organisations put their collective energies into growing the choir.
“We will work with Project Manager Aziza Davids and the teams from Manenberg, Langa, Hout Bay and elsewhere to ensure that the work done impacts positively on the lives of the children”, he said.
The choir project also incorporates dance, drama and educational excursions.
The Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust is working hard to establish a House of Hope in Hout Bay where children and youth from different communities of the area can come together to grow, to learn and to enrich their lives through arts and culture programmes.
The Cape Cultural Collective has grown from a small initiative 13 years ago to a powerful arts and culture platform in the City, advancing inclusivity and cultural development.
It has three choirs and has produced a poetry anthology, participates in theatre productions and hosts a range of cultural and community concerts across Cape Town.
For more information and for photographs, please contact June Knight of the Cape Cultural Collective on 079 183 5170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Lavinia Staddon of the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust on 061 8855430 or email@example.com.
Issued by the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust and the Cape Cultural Collective.