Sea Vista Marimba band off to China

Local Children’s Band To Perform In China

Sea Vista Steel and Marimba Band off to China

Back : Abulele Silolo, Dean Kalo (bandleader and teacher), Bafana Santi, Ayanda Hlela , Grant-Login Harris and Banele Speelman Front : Sagin Rala (crouching) and Jo-Andre Swarts

At the invitation of the Yangcheng Municipal People’s Government, Jincheng city northern China, the Solid Rock Steel & Marimba Band will leave South Africa on 25th January to fly to Jincheng to participate in that city’s annual Chinese New Year festivities.

“This opportunity came about after a Chinese delegation, who were visiting the Sarah Baartman Municipal District, attended one of our shows at the Cape St Francis Resort,” said band leader Dean Kalo. “We often do shows for groups of tourists at the Resort and we always get a good response. But this invitation came as such a wonderful surprise! We have never been on a plane and most of the boys have never travelled beyond the Eastern Cape!”

The trip will include a 20 day stay in Jincheng with the band playing each morning in the grounds of the Prime Minister’s castle and then enjoying various cultural experiences and shows in and around Jincheng. The boys aged between 14 and 17 will travel with their band leader and teacher, Dean Kalo and other delegates from the Sarah Baartman Municipality who are sponsoring the band’s trip abroad.

Lesley Moore who founded the band in 2001 at the Talhado Children’s Haven is brimming with pride. “We have had our work cut out for us getting the boys equipped for this trip with passports, vaccinations and everything that goes into planning an overseas trip for the group and their equipment. The Sarah Baartman Municipality have been wonderful in assisting us and we are certain once the boys arrive in China, the Chinese people will receive them with open arms and make sure they are very well looked after. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for these youngsters.”

The boys who are travelling with the band are 25 year old Dean Kalo (bandleader and teacher), Ayanda Hlela (14), Sagin Rala (17), Abulele Silolo (14), Bafana Santi (15), Banele Speelman (15), Jo-Andre Swarts (15), and Grant-Login Harris (16).
Make us proud boys!

How Can You Help?

The band is often asked to play at weddings and other functions, and are regulars at the Cape St Francis Resort and St Francis morning markets. The biggest hurdle they face in fulfilling their engagements is transportation. The Haven are looking for a good Samaritan or Samaritans who would like to take on the responsibility of collecting and returning the boys and their equipment trailer from Sea Vista. If you can help call Lesley Moore on 0825561050

Article and Photograph by Lynn Aitken

Talhado Children’s Haven Learner of Year

Talhado Children’s Haven Learner of the Year announced

2017 Learner of the Year Mivuyo Zono with trustee Judy Slade and teacher Roseline Goeda

2017 Learner of the Year Mivuyo Zono with trustee Judy Slade and teacher Roseline Goeda

The annual Talhado Children’s Haven Christmas graduation event. saw little Mivuyo Zono of Grade RB graduated awarded Talhado Children’s Haven Learner of the Year.  Mivuyo’s Class teacher and headmistress Mrs Roseline Goeda, beamed with pride as Mivuyo received her award from retiring Trustee, Judy Slade.

Mivuyo will start “big school” next year as a learner at Sea Vista Primary and will be amongst the first learners to begin their school career in the brand new Sea Vista school premises due to open after the summer holidays.

The theme of the event this year was Funky Christmas and children and teaching staff alike joined in the fun and gaiety of the evening.

A sad moment arrived when school Administrator, Lesley Moore presented three departing teachers with special gifts to thank them for their service to the Haven. The three, Amorita May, Monica Guga, and long serving headmistress and Haven’s first teacher, Roseline Goeda will be moving with the primary school classes to the new Sea Vista Primary school next year.

Further sad farewells were made to retiring Trustees, Lew and Judy Slade. But perhaps the most heartfelt tribute for the evening was when the entire hall burst into song in celebration of school administrator, Lesley Moore’s birthday. The much loved founder and administrator of the Haven will pass the baton into the very capable hands of Catherine Hempel, who has up until now been the school’s Montessori mentor.

Although Mrs Moore will be retiring as the Manager of the Pre-School she will still be involved with the finances and After Care. Mrs Hempel will now take the Haven into its rebirth as a Montessori method pre-school for children between the ages of 3 to 4 boasting four Montessori classes and teachers with after –care facilities for primary school children.

Lesley Moore bids a foind farewell to Monica Guga, Amorita May and Roseline Goeda

Lesley Moore bids a foind farewell to Monica Guga, Amorita May and Roseline Goeda

Lesley Moore and Lew Slade

Retiring Trustee Lew Slade pays tribute to founder and administrator Lesley Moore

Catherine Hempel introducing the Montessori method to Talhado Childrens Haven   Article and photos – Lyn Aitken – Talhado Childrens Haven Facebook