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SBONGILE NEEDS HELP (article first published : 2001-07-20)

Sbongile Buthelezi is a hard-working young projects co-ordinator from Umlazi township who specialises in traditional dance training for disadvantaged and abandoned young children.

Last year, she won a prize for the Most Unusual Project at the Sixth African Awards Ceremony of Ma Africa South Africa, a competition which forms one of the African Renaissance Projects of President Thabo Mbeki.

In the same year, she attended a workshop hosted by the British Council as part of its Britain Dances with South Africa project which featured Sue MacLennan and Veronica Lewis from the London Contemporary Dance School. Also attending the workshop was German social worker Katja Pilger who wanted to come back to Durban to work with Sbongile to observe her skills which she considered invaluable for her own line of work.

Unfortunately, Katja was unable to obtain a work permit to return to South Africa but has managed to secure Sbongile a post overseas but this is dependent on Sbongile going through a four week training process which starts in London on August 1.

Unfortunately, the host organisation cannot cover the cost of her airfare so she is appealing for any sponsorship to allow her to take up this valuable opportunity.

Sbongile can be contacted on 083 218-9411. Katja Pilger can be contacted on e-mail: k.pilger@gmx.net




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