A huge 400 people attended Vision AfriKa’s 10th anniversary celebrations at the start of May, making the event a resounding success. Learners and their families as well as staff and members of the wider community all came along to take part in occasion, which lasted for a total of five hours. The educational charity’s headquarters in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, were decked out with colourful garlands and pictures showcasing its inspirational work over the last decade. The event itself was emceed by former Vision AfriKa participant, Siposethu Mbuli, while attendees were also treated to 17 performances by students, ranging from dancing and singing to poetry and drama. Prizes for the best performances were awarded at the end of the show. These comprised:
– Best Poetry: Olwethu Pakisi, who is a Grade 10 learner, and Sam Mariko, who is in Grade 12, both based in Kayamandi
– Best Dancing: A troupe of male students from different Grades in Vlottenburg
– Best Drama: Kayamandi’s Grade 10 class.
– Best Music: Kayamandi’s Grade 9 group
Neil Fortuin, branch manager at Vision AfriKa Vlottenburg, was equally upbeat. “I hope that Vision AfriKa will start more branches across Africa in underserved communities and provide a support structure, with Vision AfriKa youth having a positive impact on their peers in a kind of ripple effect,” he said. As for the next 10 years, Vision AfriKa’s operations manager, Gerrit Laning, who is based in Kayamandi, said that he was keen to see “the dreams of even more young people being inspired by excellent services that are delivered by competent, young leaders from the communities we serve”.