Market Deli holds much more

2016-05-10 06:00
Igshaan Higgins, third from right in front, with Raneah Carr on his left, encourage volunteers with their feeding project on Freedom Day before feeding families in Blikkiesdorp. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Igshaan Higgins, third from right in front, with Raneah Carr on his left, encourage volunteers with their feeding project on Freedom Day before feeding families in Blikkiesdorp. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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A visit to the Market Deli at Salt River Market means more than tucking into the tasty treats on offer.

When you have a meal here, you are supporting The South African Academy for Young Leaders (SAAYL), an organisation that is working to increase the potential for young leaders to emerge from communities across the peninsula and the Western Cape.

This deli was started by the academy because they wanted to show the world that they were not dependant on hand-outs and sponsorships. So buying a tasty meal here goes straight into supporting their many projects.

Based in Woodstock, the organisation was started when it became apparent that there was a need to create programmes in order to cement foundational skills for nurturing and developing the future leaders of South Africa.

Igshaan Higgins, one of the founders, explained that a serious problem exists in many areas of South Africa and is attributable to among many other things: the lack of exposure to role models, and coming from economically marginalised and dysfunctional families and neighbourhoods.

“For the youth to be prepared to be tomorrow’s leaders, more emphasis needs to be put on the leadership development process and less on the immediate results.

“Some of the targeted individuals may have an idea of what they would like to do in life but the necessary skills needed to realise these goals are not able to be refined or honed in their indigent communities.

“This organisation has been designed to provide opportunities for young leaders, artists, women and those with disabilities all hailing from different backgrounds to have the chance to develop and refine their skills as potential leaders.”

Higgins further explained that the academy offers a unique combination of programmes with contents including long-term leadership training, and aims to encourage the youth to become catalysts for change, enlighten and create awareness of the problems in their communities, promote healthy living, foster social responsibility and community service, increase self-esteem and encourage application of various skills to real-life situations.

“In developing this kind of programme, the youth will be equipped with conflict resolution and negotiation and deliberative democracy skills, and will be eager and prepared to participate in the constantly evolving South Africa of today and tomorrow.

“For these goals to be achieved, the presence of community members, experts, specialists and those of varied fields from within South Africa as well as international locations, would contribute to creating the positive atmosphere needed for change.”

To understand why the Market Deli plays such an important role in the organisation, one needs to look at some of the projects they need to support.

Raneah Carr explains that they realised that they needed a dynamic way to raise funds.

“We do have some support from generous sponsors but we wanted to show people that we could raise funds on our own, we don’t just want to go to people with a begging bowl,” she said.

“With the deli we have created an upmarket environment that is fast becoming a favourite place to be for many families, and the food is great.”

Some of the projects include promoting sport through the annual Trafalgar High Rugby Festival and through the festival creating awareness of their leadership training activities.

They are also involved in the annual marching band competitions and have embarked on campaigns to bring leadership development to the Eastern Cape.

Another ongoing entrepreneurial programme is where the young leaders are skilled with, among others, the ability to cook a 70-litre pot of food,which they are able then able to sell and generate an income for the family home.

V For more information about the academy or deli call Raneah on 083 571 6331.


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