On the 28th of July, at the Zolani Centre all the IkamvaYouth Western Cape branches met together for our annual talent show/ sport/ debating event.
The day was filled with fun activities such as singing, dancing, soccer, debate, chess and drama. The three branches- Nyanga, Makhaza and Masiphumelele, competed against each other. Nyanga branch was the host and the defending champion. Even though the Western Cape winter school is held in 3 different venues, the talent show is held in one venue where the competition was tough and all the branches came prepared to win. As the day went on we saw many acts from all the branches, some fierce soccer skills, and contentious debate. At the end of the day, however, there could only be one winner.
This year the Makhaza branch emerged victorious! Both its debating teams won against Nyanga and Masiphumelele. A grade 10 learner Gcobisa said of the debate, “It was so exciting. One of the things I enjoyed was meeting Ikamvanites from other branches. I was part of the winning debating team. Even though I was nervous as I was debating for the first time in my life I did great. I will continue debating, because debating increases my self-esteem and builds my confidence. Also, it felt so good to see other fellow Makhaza Ikamvanites supporting me while I was on stage.”
The cool kids on the block, Nyanga and Makhaza got their mascara and trendy threads out at winter school for a collaboation with Live Magazine.
Have a look here at a behind the scenes look at what happened when our stylish fashionistas got their hands on cameras and were let loose to scout locations around UCT for the perfect shot.
They have also uploaded some of the stories writed that week on the Live magazine mobile channel.
Huge thanks to Nkuli, Julia and the Live Magazine team for such awesome workshops!
“Drum Beats……” And the Winner of a New Samsung Phone is Mary Makgamatha who is joined by her colleague Nompumelelo Nkosi in celebrating her achievement. Mary’s poster won in an IkamvaYouth Democracy competition announced in a joint session between Ebony and Ivory Park Branches. The awarding of these prizes took place on Saturday the 14th of April 2012 just after the tutorial session. The competition was open to both tutors and learners.
Mary could not contain her happiness when Modjadji handed over the Samsung phone in a box and expressed her gratitude to her colleagues that have encouraged and supported her when she was engaging her creative juices, to produce a story-telling, winning poster. Well done, Mary!
Our Masiphumelele students have been invited to participate to the eMzantsi Carnival. The theme, this year, is focused on sustainable development. All of the costumes have been made from recycled materials. Youth will parade with 800 other young people from all over the South Peninsula Communities. It will be a time to celebrate our cultural diversities.
Save the 3rd of December to watch and encourage the Youth at the Parade on the Kommetjie Road. All information for time, location on their website: http://www.emzantsi.org.za/
On the last day of the winter school we held a talent show and a party. The talent show was a huge hit with learners and volunteers alike; in fact it got everyone up on their feet dancing and singing along to tunes sung by the ikamva ‘stars’ of the moment. The talent show was a powerful platform for learners to express themselves in spaces not usually available in the Ikamva framework. Besides creative talent, the learners also demonstrated insightful commentaries on life through performance poetry and speeches that they gave. This was all followed by a great party with celebratory snacks.
On the last day of the Nyanga Winter Programme, the learners had a chance to showcase their many talents. And they did not hold out! The volunteers and tutors were able to watch the 78 learners perform in any which way they wanted! Some read powerful and moving poems that they had written, others danced, a few learners showed off their vocals in songs, a few showed off their creative minds in raps and there was also a play!
All of the acts were creative, innovative and well thought out. Very impressive!