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2016-10-25 06:00
Gideon Cebekhulu hopes to uplift communities through Ingoma. Photo: nosipho mkhize

Gideon Cebekhulu hopes to uplift communities through Ingoma. Photo: nosipho mkhize

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THE Gideon Foundation is once again assisting orphaned and vulnerable children by hosting an Ingoma competition that will raise funds for the foundation.

Foundation founder Gideon Cebekhulu’s passion to help needy communities has led him to look for alternative ways of raising funds.

“The Gideon Foundation has formed a partnership with Gidare Training Centre and offers beneficiaries technical and soft-skills training programmes, including fork lifting, health and safety, first aid, fire fighting, HIV/Aids and computer training.
“Gidare is accredited with Transport Education and Training Authority and has committed to donate to The Gideon Foundation once a year in order to receive an income tax relief Section 18A certificate to reduce their taxable income.
“The foundation is now registered as a public benefit organisation that works with Gidare in order to benefit from the BEE rating as well.”

Cebekhulu lived in Durban in 1988 after finishing his tertiary studies in Pietermaritzburg. He joined his friend, who worked at Everite in Congela, and friends who used to work for UKhozi FM, who were managing an Ingoma Zulu dance group and others from around KwaZulu-Natal.

Cebekhulu fell in love with Ingoma growing up in a village in Pietermaritzburg.
From starting as a secretary when he was young, he studied and later became a judge at Ingoma competitions.
“Most competitions were held in Wema Hostel, Dalton, and at the railway in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

“I have started a similar Ingoma competition under The Gideon Foundation and will be hosting my first competition possibly on 17 December in Pinetown.
“So I am asking groups who specialise in three Ingoma genres, Isibhaca, Zulu and isiShiyamen to contact me. I know there are many groups and Ingoma differs from area to area, but I would like to group them together because the cost of entering the competition will be for three categories. Groups must register in time so that we can change the venue should numbers exceed expectations.

“I am hoping that this initiative will benefit our organisation.”
Should you wish to partner with The Gideon Foundation, contact Cebekhulu on 076 387 1374 or go to the foundation website www.thegideonfoundation.co.za

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