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2019-05-07 06:00
From left are Sergio Benjamin, Georgia Benjamin, Patricia Hendricks, Charne Lewin, Simba Choto and Llwellyn Abrahams during the outing at the Hotel.

From left are Sergio Benjamin, Georgia Benjamin, Patricia Hendricks, Charne Lewin, Simba Choto and Llwellyn Abrahams during the outing at the Hotel.

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A group of aspiring filmmakers from Fairmount High School in Grassy Park says their future looks bright as their mentorship programmes bears fruits.

The programme is offered by two members of the Claremont-based Business Matters, Sharon Constable and Malcolm Lips.

Learners expressed their gratitude and hope following a successful outing programme at Milkshake Club at Vineyard Hotel in Claremont on Wednesday 24 April.

During the outing the learners were afforded an opportunity to mingle with clients and learned about the lives of people from outside their communities.

As they aspire working in an entertainment and creative environment, the programme ought to prepare them to be comfortable interacting with strangers and be able to carry out their duties without being distracted.

Berenice Adams, a Grade 12 learner said: “The best part of it was to meet new people.”

She said the majority of the 10 learners involved in the programme come from “poor backgrounds” with limited opportunities. She said the lack of opportunities, and social ills in their communities are the reasons for school drop-outs, violence and substance abuse among young people.

“When you look around there is just no hope for you, if no one ever made it as far as you dream, how are you going to make it,” Adams said.

“We have dreams, but our parents cannot afford fees for tertiary education.”

She said they have no role models and there are few successful people in their communities, and having a chance to mingle with “well-off people” allowed them to have some of their questions about the future, and becoming successful, answered.

She said all the participating learners are passionate about art, so when the duo, Lips and Constable opened up the opportunity to mentor the learners they grabbed it with both hands.

They all attend art classes as part of their academics and meet once a month to catch up with each other and work closely with various supporters to polish their skills.

For these meetings, they are joined by another group of 10 young talents from Manenberg High School who share the same passion. They then divide themselves according to their areas of speciality.

“We are all interested in different art. Some do drama, photography, make-up artists and studio assistants.”

For now, they are doing theory and they hope to start shooting a drama in June.

According to Adams, Fairmount supplies equipment and gets supported by various local sponsors who volunteer their time to help them.

Constable said: “I really liked the teenagers from the Film Club. They couldn’t believe what they were seeing.”

She said if South Africa is going to change for the better, everyone has to help. “If we make an effort here, who knows what good will come from it.”

Constable said it is through knowing that even those who run successful businesses or have successful careers also face problems in their lives, that other can be motivated by them. They came from similar backgrounds and worked hard to achieve their dreams.

A group of aspiring filmmakers from Fairmount High School in Grassy Park says their future looks bright as their mentorship programmes bears fruits.

The programme is offered by two members of the Claremont-based Business Matters, Sharon Constable and Malcolm Lips.

Learners expressed their gratitude and hope following a successful outing programme at Milkshake Club at Vineyard Hotel in Claremont on Wednesday 24 April.

During the outing the learners were afforded an opportunity to mingle with clients and learned about the lives of people from outside their communities.

As they aspire working in an entertainment and creative environment, the programme ought to prepare them to be comfortable interacting with strangers and be able to carry out their duties without being distracted.

Berenice Adams, a Grade 12 learner said: “The best part of it was to meet new people.”

She said the majority of the 10 learners involved in the programme come from “poor backgrounds” with limited opportunities. She said the lack of opportunities, and social ills in their communities are the reasons for school drop-outs, violence and substance abuse among young people.

“When you look around there is just no hope for you,” Adams said.

“We have dreams, but our parents cannot afford fees for tertiary education.”

She said they have no role models and there are few successful people in their communities, and having a chance to mingle with “well-off people” allowed them to have some of their questions about the future, and becoming successful, answered.

She said all the participating learners are passionate about art, so when the duo, Lips and Constable opened up the opportunity to mentor the learners they grabbed it with both hands.

They all attend art classes as part of their academics and meet once a month to catch up with each other and work closely with various supporters to polish their skills.

For these meetings, they are joined by another group of 10 young talents from Manenberg High School who share the same passion. They then divide themselves according to their areas of speciality.

“We are all interested in different art. Some do drama, photography, make-up artists and studio assistants.”

For now, they are doing theory and they hope to start shooting a drama in June.

According to Adams, Fairmount supplies equipment and gets supported by various local sponsors who volunteer their time to help them.

Constable said: “I really liked the teenagers from the Film Club. They couldn’t believe what they were seeing.”

She said if South Africa is going to change for the better, everyone has to help. “If we make an effort here, who knows what good will come from it.”

Constable said it is through knowing that even those who run successful businesses or have successful careers also face problems in their lives, that other can be motivated by them. They came from similar backgrounds and worked hard to achieve their dreams.

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