Music Academy is proud to have completed three successful performances at the
2012 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.In addition to sharing our music with diverse audiences and attending
many other Festival shows, the Music Academy received a Standard Bank Ovations Encore Award for excellence in music education.This award will help fund a new production
for the 2013 National Arts Festival.
was wonderful to see our ensemble of fifteen senior students perform together
at Festival.Our concert included
recorders, marimbas, percussion, flute, clarinets, saxophone, violins, and
guitar.Some of our students have been
working hard on new instruments and have made incredible progress in their
music making.Before we began our dress
rehearsal, we wrote a list of things to remember to help us play musically:
smile; stand up straight; move with the music; look at each other.One of the students called out a new
addition: “play like we are a family”.
our first concert, a solo flute came in three beats early.Other students recognized the mistake
instantly and glanced around nervously, working together to keep the music
going.The rest of the piece was shaky
but finished in a polished, if unintended, ending.Afterwards, the flautist approached with his
head hanging: “please don’t say anything to me about that piece…”
won’t say anything at all about it. But
you need to say ‘thank you’ to all your friends for fixing it.” A
small smile, a head held higher, a little more confidence.The next performance was perfect, happy
glances exchanged as everyone found correct entrances.Playing like a family.
addition to our performing ensemble of fifteen students, the rest of the
Keiskamma Music Academy joined us on the last day of Festival to participate in
the fun of Grahamstown.We enjoyed
shopping at the market and watching a performance by the Los Angeles Children’s
Choir.Their concert included several
African songs that were familiar to Keiskamma Music Academy children; the
choristers were delighted to have such an enthusiastic audience.
we wind down from the National Arts Festival, we are gearing up for UNISA exams
in September and October, and we are excited about performances as part of the French Season in South Africa in
November.Watch this space for more
Carol Hofmeyr, founder of the Keiskamma Trust,
will be in London UK this week, accepting a prestigious award from the Royal
College of Physicians.
Carol has been elected to be awarded a
Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, the highest level of
membership, in the independent
professional membership organization and registered charity, which represents
over 27,000 physicians in the UK and internationally.
All of us at the
Trust are incredibly proud that Carol’s achievements and expertise in medicine
are being recognized by this international board and we send her our warmest
congratulations and best wishes as she accepts this award.
We had a delightful surprise a couple of weeks ago when we heard from
UNISA that one of our Music Academy students, Khanyi Cuka, was to receive a
Hennie Joubert Merit Prize for her exceptional result in her Grade 2 alto
recorder exam in August 2011.
We knew last year that all our students had done exceptionally well,
with 8 Merits, 19 Distinctions and 3 young people achieving over 90% in their
practical exams. However we were thrilled for Khanyi to receive this extra
special award which is only offered to the top three candidates nationally per
Other students who were placed on the role of honour are: Aviwe Nkani
(pre grade 1 theory), Wonke Mapuma (soprano recorder grade 2), Khanyi Cuka
(soprano recorder grade 3)..
The award comes with a R650 prize too, but most importantly, it
validates the achievements of the Music Academy programme and the hard work of
both pupils AND their teachers.
The students are currently preparing for another round of practical and
theory exams this coming August, and Khanyi's success will surely spur them on
to be up there with the best in the country!
TORONTO, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The Primate's World Relief and
Development Fund (PWRDF) is undertaking, with the financial support of the
Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA), a health care project in South Africa. PWRDF
will contribute half a million dollars over five years towards the$2 million project
that will focus on preventing HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis among pregnant women in
the Ngqushwa district of the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
"This project will train village health workers to run education
programs in their communities about prevention of and care for people infected
and affected by HIV and AIDS and TB," said Adele Finney, Executive
Director of PWRDF. "The HIV infection rate in Ngqushwa district is 17.5%
in the general population, and a staggering 33-45% amongst pregnant
women. Those who are HIV positive in the region are at a greater risk of
contracting TB. The project will therefore encourage HIV and TB testing, especially
among child-bearing women and their partners. A family-centred approach
will improve the survival rate of infants and children, as well as their
The program will reach about 30,000 people in the region, increasing
access by 43% to anti-retroviral drugs among children under 16, through the
South African government's HIV and AIDS Directorate. It will mobilize
communities to promote HIV and TB prevention, care, and testing, and provide
counseling to pregnant women and specialized training to government health
Over the five years of the program, HIV and TB infection rates will
decrease as awareness of and support for testing, prevention, and treatment
increase, especially among children in the region. The village health
workers recruited and trained by this program will promote HIV and AIDS
education, testing, early access to health care and treatment for patients
before they become chronically ill.
PWRDF has a 40 year working relationship with CIDA, and looks forward to
its continuing work with the Keiskamma Trust, the implementing partner in