A Township Story
The “Happy Feet” uplift program has provided a means of entry to a larger world for the participants from Langa Township. Through music and dance, disadvantaged youth have acquired a new belief in themselves, and the conﬁdence to engage with communities around Cape Town and tourists from abroad. Operated on a not-for-proﬁt basis, the program has expanded to include girls as well as boys, and attracted support internationally.
Hear My Music
The Dizu Plaatjies Story
Iconic African musician Dizu Plaatjies has achieved a career as serious scholar of Ethnomusicology at the University of Cape Town, beloved teacher, and acclaimed performer of traditional African music. He has appeared on stages around the world, and recorded dozens of albums as leader of the Amampondo and Ibuyambo ensembles. His commitment to indigenous musical traditions leads him to rural areas throughout Africa, and the promotion of traditional artists who are a living link with the past.
Music Without Borders: The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival
demonstrates the power of culture, particularly music, to unite people of diverse origins and to overcome a a legacy of enforced separation.
Music Without Borders: The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival reveals a path forward from a dark history to a contemporary society of inclusiveness and shared opportunity. The chamber music festival at Stellenbosch University brings together performers and students from diverse backgrounds who share a love of this repertoire. Students have the opportunity to appear on stage with accomplished professionals who nurture their talent. Participation is based on the individual’s commitment rather than gender, race, or socioeconomic class. As “struggle icon” Denis Goldberg said, the Festival is an optimistic sign of South Africa’s direction in the 21st century.
Cape Town Profiles
A documentary series highlighting the unique perspectives of social activists confronting the reality of lingering inequality in 21st century South Africa:
Journalist at a community newspaper, Athlone News, exploits print and digital media to provide disadvantaged communities with the knowledge, and power to advance while acting as a role model for the next generation.
Performer and Musical Activist
Performer and musical activist, graces Cape Town’s stages with her own artistry, as well as promoting the compelling talent of another generation of performers from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Siviwe and Isabella
Life Partners and Community Activists
Life partners and community activists, inspire township youth through the “Happy Feet” uplift program of dance and music, and the international STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program for academic achievement.
CEO and Pioneer in the Wine Industry
Pioneer in the South African wine industry, Rosemary has broken through gender and racial barriers in an industry with enormous potential for growth internationally, and social and economic transformation domestically.