Francois van Coke sings at a benefit concert held to raise funds for the Saartjie Baartman women and children shelter in Cape Town, South Africa. © Setumo Thebe Photography
The event took place in aid of the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC), which like so many other NGOs struggles to stay afloat for the lack of funding. It is a little ironic that a centre which has seen countless battered and abused women and children walk in and out of its doors would be the beneficiary of a physical and aural punch up.
By the time their performance reached the half-way mark the drummer Jacobus “Snakehead” Venter’s dripping sweat threatened to drown the ring and lead vocalist Francois van Coke looked like he was struggling with a dislocated thumb from his antics.
Fokopolisiekar at The Armoury Boxing Club by Setumo-Thebe Mohlomi
Dwayne Anling of The Wailers, Trinity 2012
RhinoProtect is a platform which can be used to access information in the rhino conservation effort.The work that they do requires them to do extensive fundraising. One of their fundraising efforts was a concert called Stand Up! which featured The Wailers (of Bob Marley fame), as well at local act Fox Comet. This April 2012 fundraiser took place at a Cape Town superclub called Trinity.
A couple post a message on a fence close to the houses of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Right2KNow Campaign is a collaborative effort of people and organisations oppossing the Protection of Information Bill or “Secrecy Bill”. The Bill seeks to criminalise disseminating information declared sensitive by the government. Although security is a primary concern for most states, this bill has been opposed because of the possibility that it will infringe on the media’s right to collect and disseminate information, as well as hold the government accountable for their actions. Find out more about the right to know campaign here: http://www.r2k.org.za
An Upstart member sands down the inside of a shipping container which serves as a kitchen at a local school.
It is a new tradition being formed in South Africa for communities, companies and other organisations to dedicate 67 minutes to social upliftment projects in the name of the first democratic president Nelson Mandela. The call to do 67 minutes of service has been responded to by young and old nationwide. To encourage young Upstarters to recognise and appreciate the importance of communal social upliftment, the Upstart organisation organised a project at a local school in Grahamstown, South Africa. The Upstart team members and the Upstart members invested time rejuvenating a shipping container which acts as a kitchen for making free lunches for the school’s learners. Rhodes University dedicated resources such as gardening equipment, sandpaper, paint and brushes to help make the rejuvenation project a success.
Find out more about Upstart’s projects here: Upstart Youth Programme