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Family Spirit | A Passion for Work | Simplicity | Presence | In the Way of Mary



offers a glimpse into our school


offers a glimpse into our school


Who’s Who ALUMNI COMMUNICATIONS Ellen Howell Alumni Relationship Manager

Layout and Design Cherry Bullard CJ Graphics

Thanks to

the alumni, parents, learners and staff who contributed to this edition of the Meliores publication.


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2 I Messages from Our Team A Note from the Head of College I 2 A Note from the Alumni Manager I 2

3 I Sacred Heart News

Work hard!! Get educated!! Change the world!! I 3 1st ever African Spelling Bee Champion I 4 Fun Day a huge success!! I 5 Making History and Fostering the Marist Spirit I 6 Catholic Schools Sports Festival for Youngsters I 7 Sacred Heart College celebrates Heritage Day with a music festival I 8

9 I Connecting with Alumni

Matric 2016 I 9 To the matrics of 2016 I 10 Valedictory Speeches 2016 I 11 Alumni Art I 14 Dr Nicole de Wet – Class of 2001 I 16 Puleng Lange-Stewart – Class of 2010 I 18 Vuma Levin – Class of 2005 I 22 Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri – Class of 2009 I 24

Reunions The Class of 1966 celebrating 50 years I 26 The Class of 1991 celebrating 25 years I 27 The Class of 1996 celebrating 20 years I 28 The Class of 2006 celebrating 10 years I 29

Contact details Pre-Primary and Primary School I 30 High School I 31

message from our team A Note from the Head of College Colin Northmore


acred Heart College Marist Observatory is a place that prepares our children to confront and try to solve the social challenges that face our nation. They are used to questioning and being questioned. They have learned to think critically and creatively. Our children fill us with an optimism and hope for our country’s future. They are the entrepreneurs and risk takers. Our children are given the skills and tools that they need to turn what makes them passionate into a way to become significant and successful. I attended two reunions this year that reinforced the truth of this belief. The class of 1996 and 1966 both exemplify the characteristics of social engagement and enterprise that reminded us that school days are not meant to be the best days of your life but the launchpad that allows you to reach self-actualization. In the last decade we have seen our capacity to provide scholarships shrink, from over a hundred scholarships, to less than fifty. Sacred Heart College has always been a place where the income of your parents does not determine your status or opportunities for success and we need to find ways to preserve this critical element of what makes our school unique and special. This is also an exciting period for us as our Champion of Change scholarship endowment campaign is launched. We are also hosting a reception here and in New York,to launch our Music Art and Drama Centre fund with a donation already promised by an alumnus from the class of 1959 and the exciting prospect of adding two new facilities to the College for the first time in over two decades. Until recently all of our fund raising efforts have concentrated on repairing and upgrading existing facilities. We have raised money to renovate the science block, the swimming pool and tennis courts


and to repair the roofs. The College has been able to raise over 12 Million rands in donations and loans in the last ten years. We have also been fundraising for the Three2Six refugee education project for the last 9 years and have raised 23 million to educate and feed children from 6 to 13 years in age in that time. On the wall in my office there is the saying that running Sacred Heart “is more a paradox that we manage than a problem that we solve.” The paradox is that the College does not enjoy the same reputation for excellence that many untransformed schools, using 19th century approaches to teacher – student relationships and outdated teaching methods enjoy. In this, our alumni and alumnae play an important role and are critical to our strategy to transform society in Johannesburg, South Africa and the World. You are ‘Meliores’, those who have become better and make our world a better place.

A Note from the Alumni Manager


am always delighted when fellow Alumni contact me wanting reunions. This year we have had four reunions: Class of 2006; Class of 1996; Class of 1966 and Class of 1991. The reunions were all different but appropriate to each particular group. As 2016 draws to a close, I reflect on the year and the changes that South Africa is going through. One realizes the importance of education and the issue of affordability. Consequently, we are launching the ‘Champion of Change Campaign’ to create an endowment which would enable students to receive Scholarships. This campaign affords you an opportunity to make a difference to an individual child, our school, our community and our country. Let’s get involved by getting in touch. Ellen Howell

sacred heart news Work hard!! Get educated!! Change the world!! Democracy Prep – from Harlem to South Africa


or one week, 15 American children from Democracy Prep in Harlem, New York, visited Africa. They learned how our children are taught, their history, their culture, their daily struggles, their way of life, their hopes and their dreams. They “live life” in South Africa, eating our food, breathing our air, hearing accents from the many different languages that are spoken in our country. They learn that we do not live in trees and lions do not roam our streets – contrary to the images on their television screens. These children who travel half way around the world, would have been immersed in the “melting pot” of Sacred Heart College’s diverse student, teacher and alumni body as they participate in classes, tours to historical sites and activities. Alumni engaged with the learners about their experiences on different topics: the failures of the Rainbow nation; gender, racial and cultural issues and the #FeesMustFall campaign.

At Democracy Prep, learners are taught to become active citizens in society – skills they have used when they hosted a sports programme with learners from the Three2Six and Observatory Girls Schools. A mixture of culturally-diverse host families will further enhance the experience for these young people. We are the pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow Nation and our students, parents and staff want to share that with our American visitors. Democracy Prep is a charter school where learners are from economically disadvantaged homes in New York. The school emphasises that regardless of demographics or social status, learners who work hard and get educated CAN change the world.


sacred heart news 1st ever African Spelling Bee Champion


t 14 years of age, Zameer Dada, a Grade 8 learner at Sacred Heart College has been crowned the first-ever African Champion Orthographer. He was the last speller standing, making history for South Africa and Africa with his feat as the winner of the inaugural four day continental competition. Zameer beat 27 other finalists – three from each country – who are the best spellers in their respective countries. South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ethiopia participated in the spelling competition, represented at the apex of a total of 5 million learners across Africa who participated in the various elimination stages of the continent-wide spelling bee. The intention of the competition is to encourage a love of words and an enjoyment of reading among young children. “Although he is soft-spoken, Zameer shows a mastery of the English language every day


in class. It comes as no surprise that he has achieved 100% on every spelling test, but it must also be said that he is an engaged and insightful learner in class with a range of new and exciting ideas around any topic that we cover. Congratulations on being crowned the African Spelling Bee champion, Zameer!” says Ms Danielle Khoury, Zameer’s English teacher. “The sensational logophile Zameer Dada has hit poll position for two consecutive years 2014 – 2015 respectively and ultimately representing South Africa by winning the first Africa Spelling Bee. He has been with Mzansi Spelling Bee from 2013 and we have seen tremendous growth in him” stated Lindokuhle Mhlanga from The Mzansi Spelling Bee Team. We are extremely proud of the achievements of this young man and congratulate him on being crowned the first-ever African Spelling Bee Champion.

sacred heart news Fun Day a huge success!! Sacred Heart College Pre-Primary School Fun Day


he Fun Day, was held at Sacred Heart College Pre-Primary School on Saturday 16 July. It was a great success. Families, some of which brought friends along with them, spent a busy morning with their children on the beautiful school grounds. There were many activities to keep everyone entertained. These included tractor rides, face painting, pancake baking and story-telling, but the highlight of the day was certainly the surprise visit of a fire engine, which caused great excitement amongst the children! The Fun Day was just a small part of the Sacred Heart experience. This is a truly unique school that prepares children for the 21st century in a diverse, multi-cultural country.


sacred heart news Making History and Fostering the Marist Spirit “Let there be among you just one heart and one mind. Let it always be said of the Little Brothers of Mary as it were of the early Christians: See how they love one another!” – St Marcellin Champagnat, Founder of the Marist Brothers, a man devoted to Mary and dedicated to education.


t Marcellin’s vision of “loving one another” (family spirit) rang true during a 3 day festival held at Sacred Heart College. A soccer and netball festival brought together 260 Grade 7 learners from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. This union of young people was a historic event for the Marist Brothers in South Africa – never before had Grade 7 learners from all five schools, joined together in one event.


Learners from St Joseph’s in Cape Town and St Henry’s in Durban journeyed to Johannesburg to join their peers from Sacred Heart College, Marist Linmeyer and St David’s Inanda. The sports festival was preceded by Holy Mass which was celebrated in the chapel at Sacred Heart College, built in 1956 to commemorate Alumni killed in the 1st and 2nd World Wars. Family spirit was prevalent during the festival – children from St Henry’s and St Joseph’s were hosted by Sacred Heart College families. The five pillars of Marist Spirituality are: Family spirit, Love of work, Presence, Simplicity and In Mary’s way.

sacred heart news Catholic Schools Sports Festival for Youngsters


pproximately 900 young learners descended on Sacred Heart College in Observatory on Saturday, 28th May 2016, to participate in the 5th Annual Catholic Primary Schools Mini Soccer and Netball Festival. 13 independent Catholic and public schools participated in the festival. 48 soccer teams took to the 7 fields at Sacred Heart College, at times having 18 teams playing simultaneously. A total of 96 soccer matches were played on the day. The netball tournament had 42 teams playing a total of 96 matches. This was a fantastic opportunity for the young children to exercise and participate in a sporting activity, whilst having fun and learning team spirit – all in a safe environment. Sacred Heart College congratulates all learners who participated in the festival and we commend everyone for showing great sportsmanship. We thank all the schools that participated. It was a huge success.


sacred heart news Sacred Heart College celebrates Heritage Day with a music festival “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela.


acred Heart College acknowledges that providing an innovative and explorative education to young people prepares them to make a difference in our developing country and in the world. Raising funds for the Three2Six refugee Education Programme and Scholarships for deserving learners, is the aim of the Sacred Heart Music Festival, which was held on Heritage Day, 24th September at Sacred Heart College in Observatory. For the third year, Sacred Heart College hosted a musical extravaganza to celebrate Heritage Day. The day’s festivities began with a 13km family cycle ride which went past historical sites namely Satyagraha House and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. The Pre-Primary School held their annual Bike Rally and parents cheered their little ones on, as they raced around the tracks on their bikes. Each child received a certificate and medal for their participation in the event. High School jazz bands from Sacred Heart College, St Marys and St Davids took to the stage and wowed the crowds with their


incredible musical talents. Then it was the turn of the bands from Cape Town – Groote Schuur and St Joseph’s who meted out exhilarating musical performances. Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and the German Ambassador, Walter Lindner along with an Acapella group from Soweto had everyone on their feet. Sipho is truly a musical legend – one never grows tired of dancing to his infamous, “Gonna Burn out all my love”. In the late afternoon, the rapturous sounds of multi-platinum artist, Lira, ignited the festival and had both young and old dancing to her songs and chanting for more. Into the night, the party continued with Rise Academy and Kaya FM DJs and then of course, the international SAMA and BET award winner DJ, Black Coffee who took to the stage and entertained the crowd for an hour with his electric beats, ending his set by playing “Nkalakatha” by the late Mandoza. What a fantastic way to celebrate our heritage – supporting our own locally-grown musos and musical legends. The organizing committee from Sacred Heart College thanks our sponsors, our media partner Kaya FM, UParty and all who enjoyed the day with us.

Matric 2016


Matric 2016

To the matrics of 2016


emember that being the change you want to see in the world, doesn’t necessarily mean do something sizable. It means being present to an opportunity to make a small difference each day. These days will add up to weeks, months and years and ultimately a life. Each of you has made a unique contribution to Sacred Heart College and under the leadership of the LLC you have been present to many opportunities and made changes that have added up to something huge. You are some of the most creative and entrepreneurial individuals that have been at Sacred Heart College. This individual creativity and entrepreneurship goes hand in hand with a connectedness and concern for the other that will extend far beyond Sacred Heart College. “You did not wait for a map to follow instead you

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drew the map and are helping others to follow it.” (Seth Godin, Poke the Box, 2016) I wish you all the very best for the future that holds all the promise you believe it does and look forward to reconnecting with each of you throughout your lives. Heather Blanckensee High School Principal

In Meliora Contende

valedictory speech 2016 Cassidy Wood

douze ans et maintenant nous sommes à la fin à la fin de tous ces douze ans

Douze Ans douze ans depuis que nous nous sommes rencontrés depuis nous nous sommes connu les noms des uns et des autres nous avons dit salut il y a douze ans douze ans on s’est fait des amis on a chanté des chansons on a ri ensemble et on a ri plus souvent on est une famille depuis douze ans douze ans avec des longues heures avec l’espoir d’avoir une récréation avec des discussions intéressantes avec des blagues captivantes avec des bas avec des hauts il y a douze ans

douze ans et je me sens triste je me sens faible je me sens petite je me sens comme si je suis sans aide parce que maintenant est la fin de ces douze ans mais je me rappelle ces douze ans et je me sens jolie et je me sens forte et je me sens grande et je me sens comme si j’ai tout le pouvoir dans le monde parce que c’était les meillieures douze anées de ma vie

Twelve Years twelve years since we met since we learned the names of one another since we said hello it was twelve years ago twelve years we made friends we sang songs

we laughed together and we laughed some more we have been a family for twelve years twelve years with long hours with the hope of having a break with interesting discussions with captivating jokes with the lows with the highs it has been twelve years twelve years and now we are at the end of all these twelve years twelve years and I feel sad I feel weak I feel small I feel helpless because now is the end of these twelve years but I remember these twelve years and I feel happy and I feel strong and I feel great and I feel as though I have all the power in the world because it was the best twelve years of my life

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valedictory speech 2016 Sandiswa Tshabalala

...our moments – and that made all the difference


battled with whether to write something for this occasion or not. I had this voice in my head reassuring me that in a few years, all of this wouldn’t matter anymore. Whether I did anything or not would be inconsequential because this time next year I would have better things to reminisce about if anything at all. But, another voice whispered the opposite, and I realized that talking myself out of things while convincing myself that they don’t or won’t matter is the problem. I realize now that this is just another moment, another normal day that may not matter in the grand scheme of any of our lives. However, that’s how any one of our lives is built up, of moments just like this one, moments which are just that until we make them sad, happy, exciting. And to encompass this sentiment, I have written something short. Dusk to dawn, together we’re connected Life is filled with light, felicitous light All of this eclipsed by sorrow... Life is the sum of this Beauty and even unhappiness in its obscurity of all good This creates the music of our lives, To which we are learning to dance.

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So, that was to say, class of 2016, that it’s been a difficult, busy journey, filled with disappointment, sadness and many who didn’t believe we could do this and were waiting for our missteps, but we’re here. None of that can ever be more important, especially to us, than our victories, our friendships and our impact. We did this all together and all alone, all at the same time, so thank you for making this the year that it was. 2016 may not have been the best but it was filled with our moments – and that made all the difference. Thank You

valedictory speech 2016 Kamila Makan As a grade, we’ve been through the most together. The good and the bad, the happy and the sad.


ood evening parents, teachers and of course fellow Matrics. I think that at this point in our lives it is safe to say that we are tired of school and that it’s about time we’re finally leaving this place. You see, there are several things that I will not miss about high school. I won’t miss wearing the same old uniform and going through the same old mundane routine every day. I won’t miss doing homework or going to P.E. and I most definitely will not miss getting attacked by the pigeons in the quad. But, contrary to what I’d like people to think, I actually am going to miss some things about this place. I’m going to miss the stillness of the fields and, in contrast, the chorus of “SANDI HAWU SANDI” nearby our locker area. I’m going to miss laughing at people tripping in the quad, even though I won’t miss tripping in the quad myself. I’m also going to miss the second break DMC’s and gossip sessions as well as the boys’ banter next to the matric bench. There are countless other little things like these that I’m going to miss and yesterday, our last day, when we were signing each other’s shirts, I was so overwhelmed with all the nostalgia from all these good memories that I actually started crying.

As a grade, we’ve been through the most together. The good and the bad, the happy and the sad. I’ve been at Sacred Heart since I was three years old – for fifteen years. That’s practically my entire life so far. I’ve literally grown up with the people in this room and yesterday, amongst all the tears, I realised that the thing I’ll miss the most about school is not the memories. I’ll always have the memories. What I’ll miss most is the people I’ve made those memories with – you guys, my SHC family. Because even though we may come from different places, speak in different tongues and believe in different things, this place bonds us in a manner that we cannot understand or deny. A manner that we can, for whatever reason, feel within our hearts. Our hearts that have inadvertently come to beat as one. It’s hard to say goodbye to the place where we have all become the people we are today, but this is not goodbye. You see, we may be leaving Sacred Heart, but Sacred Heart will never leave us. Some of us are beyond ready to take on the world outside of these walls, others of us are terrified of it. However, I know for a fact that the world is definitely not ready for us. We are, after all, made of GOLD.

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Dr Nicole de Wet Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand

Dr Nicole De Wet is a lecturer in demography and population studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

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he obtained a PhD at WIts in 2013 after receiving scholarships from the NRF/ DAAD In-Country Scholarship Programme, and the Consortium for Advanced Research and Training in Africa (Carta). At the start of her PhD, De Wet was awarded a prestigious Carta Fellowship, and she continues to collaborate with many of the fellows on the programme. After completing her PhD, she was awarded a University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Fellowship and spent a four-month residency working with the population studies unit at the University of Michigan.

De Wet has identified the leading causes of death among adolescents as HIV, self-harm and transport injuries.

Her research on adolescent health outcomes in South Africa is aligned with government policies aimed at ensuring that young people make a safe and healthy transition to adulthood. Her research utilises robust statistical modelling (rare in the social sciences) to identify risk factors and causes of death that compromise adolescent survival and development. Using model life tables, decomposition techniques and multilevel models, De Wet has identified the leading causes of death among adolescents as HIV, self-harm and transport injuries. These contribute significantly to reducing South Africa’s future labour force. Her research shows that factors like poverty and average community income levels are determinants of risky sexual behaviours and illicit drug use among adolescents, placing them at higher risk of disease and mortality. Passionate about capacity building in her field, De Wet incorporates her body of research into her teaching at the university. In her short career she has successfully supervised 22 postgraduate students, mostly blacks and women. She is currently supervising eight postgraduate students and, over the past three years, has single-handedly secured funding from the National Research Foundation to host conferences and bring professionals in the field from around the world to train students in her programme.

De Wet has published 12 articles in internationally recognised and peer-reviewed journals, written four book chapters and made 29 presentations on her research. She serves as a peer-reviewer for eight social science and population-related journals, is a member of several international population research associations and serves on four committees in the Wits School of Social Sciences. Having received a fellowship under the Global Fellowship Programme of the Berlin Social Science Center and International Social Science Council, De Wet will leave for Germany later this year to work on a study on the economic challenges faced by young people in South Africa. She is also the holder of several research grants, including a NRF Thuthuka postdoctoral grant, which has made it possible to grant scholarships to two South African master’s students working in the area of adolescent health.

Passionate about capacity building in her field, De Wet incorporates her body of research into her teaching at the university.

Article published by Mail & Guardian 15 Aug 2016:

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class of 2010

Puleng LangE – Stewart Puleng Lange-Stewart came third in the PEN SA Student Writing Prize for her piece “A love poem to the ‘Problematic’ Black Womxn”.

Q&A with Lange-Stewart


ange-Stewart is a young poet, performer, illustrator and playwright from Johannesburg. Matriculating at Sacred Heart College in 2010, she went on to travel and teach in East Asia, before landing in Cape Town, South Africa to begin her degree in theatre at the University of Cape Town. Lange-Stewart is currently completing her Honours in Theatre Making at UCT. She is a queer black feminist, a mother, and a proud iconoclast who was involved in both protests and multiple performative interventions surrounding the removal of the Rhodes statue in 2015, and remains committed to the fight for decolonization in South Africa and further afield. Currently she is co-writing a theatre production (Figs) which will be showing at this years National Arts Festival, presented by the UCT Drama Department. She has performed in a number of short films and theatre productions and is currently working on her first independent short film. She is based in Cape Town, with her son and partner, and works towards creating innovative and critical artwork, that actively challenges notions of patriarchy, heteronormativity, and the violence of racialised class structures that underpin much of our existence as South Africans.

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What are your thoughts on the role of writing in South Africa today, particularly with regards to its ability to effect change? I think in a climate where such a multiplicity of voices are starting to find their place and power in public discourse, writing is a space that can make those many identities and narratives available. This is important, as being able to see yourself represented in pieces of art has a way of validating the power and importance of one’s own narrative, and allows people a greater freedom to take charge of their story. Womxn’s voices, Queer voices, Black voices, are all carving out a new space for themselves in the South African landscape, which gives me great hope for the vitality of this craft. Can you talk a bit about your piece “A love poem to the ‘Problematic’ Black Womxn”, which you entered into the PEN SA Student Writing Prize? I was on the train back from a march that was being held in the Marikana squatter camp in Phillipi, Cape Town, and on the train I met this womxn. Totally enigmatic. Entirely captivating. With this electricity in how she vocalised her pain and presence in a city that actively seeks to erase her. I had to write about her (she later became the godmother of my son). But then, when the Rhodes Must Fall movement was at its apex, I looked around and felt surrounded by a wave of those same womxn. The ferocity with which they demand to be seen and acknowledged in spaces that have been previously built on their negation… And it is to those black womxn, who bear the brunt of the violence of this world, that I will continue writing love poems.

What can we expect from you next and where can we find your work? I will be taking up a theatre production named FIGS to this year’s Grahamstown National Arts Festival, which I co-wrote with Namisa Mdlalose, created by the extremely talented womxn who make up the FEAST Collective Theatre Company. I am also in the pre-production phase of my first independent short film, in collaboration with Jannous Aukema, which I hope to start principle photography on in early September of this year. You can find out more about all these things at Writers that have had an impact on you? Off the top of my head, C.S. Lewis gave me an imagination. De Beauvoir made me a romantic. Tolkien gave me fantasy. Elena Ferrante recently reminded me that being a woman is also worth writing about. Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o gave me

the tastes and flavours of a continent I want to know and love. Writers that you’re enjoying at the moment? I’m currently on a mission to expand my exposure to African writers so I just picked up NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names, which I am finding completely magnetic and heartbreaking. It reminds me of how courageous having a voice can be. I also recently read Lauren Beukes’ Maverick which I just loved! To reunderstand our history, to me, means populating that narrative with the forgotten characters, the quirky outliers that do not fit into populist rhetorics of how things have been.

Article published by pen South Africa 15 June 2016:

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Puleng LangE – Stewart Continued

“A love poem to the ‘Problematic’ Black Womxn” by Puleng Lange-Stewart Aggressive? No. she said Undressing her in her sixth tongue redressing her with bland understandings of unilingualisms which have never truly acknowledged the five other skins wrapped snugly around her ability to create meaning Instead: Young and Black and Female and Loud quicktime translate into Aggression belying the intricate complexities which weave together the inflections of her Xhosa intonations of her Phedi the imperatives of her Shangane all squeezed into the eloquence of her English see she knows her privilege when she speaks words with none of the Long Elongated vowels no-one else seems able to say without (sub)consciously making fun Aggressive? asked the girl with long natty locks and a Biko gospel

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No- Passionate about those uncomfortable English words The loud ones The impolite ones that challenge a status quo which keeps the other five tongues in cages flicking the one you’ll listen to in shapes that conjure up images of an abandoned revolution the body count of monopolized social ‘evolutions’ Aggressive? No Angry she says and far less than she should be or could be because look beneath you you’re still standing on the same land : For Now living lives built on stolen time “My mother was a kitchen-girl My father was a Garden-boy That’s why I’m a Socialist I’m a Socialist I’m a Socialist” she sings And come scoff , please, scoff and tisk and click-tongues Clutch your Pearls at the palpable Burning

rage of today in the wake of a [not even slightly] ‘Bloodless Transition’ still claiming casualties And the people shall share in the wealth of the land SeeI understand how funny this must seem when it appears outside a Freedom Charter theme because the practicalities of equality were never supposed to be so extreme Instead: somewhere… at some point… (a few generations down the line) money will drip down into the right hands having slipped out enough car windows to enough car guards Because the egalitarian nature of neo-liberal capitalism just works that way? And privilege is naturally inclined to give itself up without a fight? And then- Yes -young black femaleBe Aggressive Bare your teeth! Be the bane of polite conversation. Ruin dinner parties, Lecture theatres, and all other spaces built only to tolerate you

with the aggressive insertion of yourself. The wholeness of you the blackness of you the curve and dip and rage of you as an extending site of struggle. Bang at the gates. Make them all bear witness to the wounds so actively unlooked at Brandish them and say “I have not forgotten you and you shall not forget me through ignoble attempts to nullify this history” Be Aggressive with those uncomfortable words Rage in all those tongues

I met this womxn. Totally enigmatic. Entirely captivating. With this electricity in how she vocalised her pain and presence in a city that actively seeks to erase her. I had to write about her

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class of 2005

Vuma Levin Jazz Musician Bio

Born a South African and raised during the unstable interregnum years of Post-Apartheid South Africa

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uitarist Vuma Ian Levin’s music is an attempt to interrogate conceptions of identity, nation, culture, power and being both globally and in the emergent, post 1994 South African Democratic project. First picking the guitar up at 14, Levin later received lessons from the South African Jazz guitar legend, Johnny Fourie. He completed a National Diploma at the Tswane University of Technology going on to be presented with the best Guitarist Award (2008). In 2009, Levin was selected as the guitarist in the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, led by Feya Faku, which culminated in a performance at the Grahamstown Jazz Festival and later at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival.

First picking the guitar up at 14, Levin later received lessons from the South African Jazz guitar legend, Johnny Fourie.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, he went on to attend the prestigious Conservatorium Van Amsterdam where he graduated cum laude and earned the Non-EU Talent Scholarship to finance his masters study. In 2014 his quintet, won the 2nd prize in the National Leg of the Keep an Eye Awards (Netherlands). He went on to win the 3rd prize, incentive prize and prize for the most original band in the international leg of the Keep an Eye Jazz Awards, which featured bands from New York, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Vienna and Philadelphia. Finally, in 2014 he was nominated by the Jazz Guitar Department for the Eindwerk Prijs and went on to be announced as one of the 9 national finalists. Levin, has performed with some of the top musicians in South Africa including: Feya Faku, Herbie Tsoeli, Nduduzo Makhatini, Kevin Davidson, Ayanda Sikade, Sisonke Xonti, Justin Bellairs, Dan Selsick, Roland Moses and many more. He has performed at a number of top venues and festivals in South Africa and Abroad including: Standard Bank Joy of Jazz (Youth Band), Grahamstown Jazz Festival (Youth Band), More Jazz Series (Mozambique, Maputo), Mahogany Room, The Crypt, Tagore’s, Afrikan Freedom Station, The Orbit, De Tor (Enschede, Netherlands), Bimhuis (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Badcuyp (Amsterdam, Netherlands), The Amsterdam Jazz Festival (Amsterdam, Netherlands), The

Moors Jazz Festival (Moors, Germany), Jazz Showcase (Budapest, Hungary). Finally he has received lessons from and attended masterclasses by; Lage Lund, Jesse Van Ruller, Gilad Hekselman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Terryl Stafford, Reinier Baas, Ambrose Akinmusire, Gary Wittner, Helen Sung, Martijn Van Iterson, Maarten van de Grinten and many more.

in 2014 he was nominated by the Jazz Guitar Department for the Eindwerk Prijs and went on to be announced as one of the 9 national finalists.

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class of 2009

Yamikani MaHAka – Phiri Newham – born actor to star on London stage in show about Nelson Mandela


amikani Mahaka – Phiri will appear in the upcoming UK tour of Mandela Trilogy, debuting at Royal Festival Hall on August 31. The show follows three key stages of Mandela’s life: his early years; his jazz-fuelled days in Sophiatown, and his incarceration on Robben Island before he was eventually freed. According to the 24 – year-old, the “amazing” show is as educational as it is enjoyable. “Nelson Mandela wasn’t in prison for 27 years, most of that was under house arrest,” Yamikani explained. “What people also do not know is that he was a royal (of the Thembu tribe) too. He ran away from that.”

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At this point, he casually drops in that he met with the late and great man himself on more than one occasion. “A lot of his grandchildren went to my school (Sacred Heart College in Johannesburg) so he would come and watch them perform. He had this very strong presence and energy that no-one could match. He was almost omnipotent.” Yamikani said he was feeling “excited” about bringing the show to London, where he still has family. His mum and dad eloped to the UK before he was born and Yamikani spent his first few years in Newham before moving to Zimbabwe and then South Africa.

The young actor and singer graduated in 2013 with a drama degree and has been “on the scene” for two and a half years. He has performed in Shrek the Musical and various other musicals and theatres but would be open to doing TV in the future.

For now the young performer wants “to get this theatre bug out of my system”. “The show itself is fun. It is high energy with a lot of dance,” he said. “My favourite part is the cast. I have been here since 2014. They have taken me in and made me feel part of the family.

“I always thought I was never going to be able to dance but my choreographer knows how to transform people into machines on a stage, “he joked.

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The show follows three key stages of Mandela’s life: his early years; his jazzfuelled days in Sophiatown, and his incarceration on Robben Island before he was eventually freed.

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