Organisation promotes art in rural areas

2016-02-02 06:00
Ithunga general manager Phumeza Bente (left) and CEO Thembeka Zondi. Photo: nosipho mkhize

Ithunga general manager Phumeza Bente (left) and CEO Thembeka Zondi. Photo: nosipho mkhize

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ITHUNGA Development is a non-profit-organisation founded in 2002 by DS Zondi to develop art in townships and rural areas.

The CEO, Thembeka Zondi, Ithunga focuses mostly on rural areas in and partnered with schools to develop pupils in performing arts, music and artistic work.

Thembeka said: “At that time Zondi was a teacher who developed pupils in art, and they won many competitions where they represented KwaZulu-Natal in Cape Town. “Thereafter a centre was established in KwaMashu where they trained young talent, some of whom were part of the Moja Arts Festival.

“Since Ithunga Development is an art organisation, we established the KwaZulu-Natal Carnival, a street parade supported by the Office of the Premier that worked with the youth commission in 2007. The carnival showcases a mixtures of different races, cultures and tradition by people from all over the province.

“The KZN carnival is funded by the National Lottery. It contributes to racial integration and social cohesion, contributes to the development of arts and culture and increases economic growth. It showcases the beauty of the diverse cultures all over the province and promotes a healthy lifestyle and skills transfer.”

Ithunga Development does not only focus on one wing, it works with communities, the Independent Development Trust and the Expanded Public Works Programme, which is aimed at the alleviation of poverty and unemployment.

“We focus on rural areas where we implement food security initiatives such as gardening. Community members are provided with a stipend, clothing, gardening equipments and everything that is needed to start a garden. It is a beautiful initiative because community members have started gardens and sell their products to other communities and provide food for their families.”

Currently the organisation is working with KwaMkhizwane area members.
“We have provided learnerships and training to about 100 beneficiaries in the KwaMkhizwane area. It is a pleasant feeling when you see community members cherish and take pride in the work they do.”

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031 702 3772.

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