Talent show to unite community members

2017-12-12 06:00

Following a very busy year, a Tafelsig-based organisation plans to put talent on the stage for its official relaunch.

Nead Community Development founder Joanie Fredericks says the organisation was put on the back burner for seven months due to her involvement in other ­initiatives.

“For the last seven months, I and many other activists were forced to drop whatever we were doing because it was the time of the terrible rapes and killings of children and it was just one rape and killing after ­another.

“We have been in crisis mode for seven months, which is not normal. And for a long time I have been worried that we are only responding, instead of putting things in place to prevent crime,” she says.

She has since decided that a local talent show will be held to bring the community back together.

“There is a lot of division and we want to have this to bring the community together and show them that there is only one community,” she says.

The talent show is not a competition and will be used to help raise funds for a special Christmas party for 500 children to be organised with two other community workers, Warda Cay and Latifah Jacobs.

“Interest for the show has been very good and I have a few surprise appearances lined up,” says Fredericks.

“It is a show and not a competition, but we would like for people to donate towards prizes as a show of appreciation for the performers. We are definitely not doing cash prizes because it is not a competition. It is a feel-good event to bring the community ­together.”

So far, singers of all genres – including rap and gospel – have signed up to perform at the show. They will be joined by dancers, a modelling show, gymnasts, poets and other art forms.

“We have decided to open it up to everyone. And it is amazing because we have people of all age groups and people are saying: ‘Wow, we have not done something like this before,’” she says.

The show takes place at Mitchell Heights Primary School on Monday 18 December from 13:00 to 18:00.

“It will be an afternoon of fun and entertainment. We want the whole community, not only Tafelsig, to come and support us so that we can raise the money for the Christmas party,” she says.

Entry to watch the show will be R10 for children and R20 for adults. Fredericks also invites talent scouts and professionals in the entertainment industry to come.

“There is so much talent in Tafelsig. I have not focused on getting talent scouts but it would be nice if people who are in the industry could come and see the talent with the view of maybe even creating opportunities for them in the future,” she says.

They will also have a talk focussing on preventative methods for children to keep themselves safe as the majority of rape cases involve suspects known to the children.

V For tickets and more information call Joanie Fredericks on 076 921 6767.

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