Afrikaaps talk with Stefan, Emile, Janine, Adam Haupt & Shaquile. HTH explained how language was a powerful tool to divide people and how the youth on the Cape Flats. This presentation was moderated by Dr Adam Haupt from UCT and made for amazing understanding about the obstacles faced by community workers when dealing with or ignoring Afrikaaps or Kaaps, as a fundamental learning tool. Lessons learnt from the play definitely helped with Heal The Hood developmental programmes. 11th – Open Book Fest – Panel with Tanswell, Stefan & Don Pinnoch. Heal The Hood Project explained the work that they do in the communities that Don Pinnoch was writing about. His book “Gang Town” was about the history and realities of gangs in Cape Town. HTH challenged the generalization used to label the entire city of Cape Town as Gang Town in the title, perpetuating the illusion that the bad is the majority, when the reverse is the truth.
HTH compiled the 2nd in the Series of R.A.P.S.S. (Rhymes, Articles, Poetry, Short Stories & Sketches). It was also decided to publish the entire book as is. No spell-check nor fixing nor translating the Kaaps that stories and rhymes were written in. The focus would be on the story and the feeling that the persons true way of speaking or telling it, would create. We printed 100 copies of the book for the Open Book Festival the next day. It was decided that we would prepare a book each year for the launch at the Open Book Festival, starting officially in 2017.
Heal the Hood Project was asked to contribute to a workshop about heritage and around the cultural differences that were causing increasing tension at schools nationally.
Emile is announced the National Winner at the National LeadSA Hero of the year award at the Changemakers Conference held at Canal Walk Convention Center.
15 – 27 Aug.
This year marks the 2nd year that we hosted CFFF and it again showcased local positive stories. This year we featured “Tanne Trots”, a story about the origin of various words in our community and its connection to first people. It made for interesting conversation around the illusion of race in Cape Town schools, at a time when de-colonization and wearing your natural hair were topical at schools. We visited 2 schools a day and hosted saw around 20 000 learners.
LeadSA announces Emile as the Western Cape regional winner.
Screening of From B-boys to Being Men Documentary
Tanswell screened and hosted a Q & A of the Heal The Hood Project Documentary, “From B-boys To Being Men” at Cornerstone Winter Festival.
It was great experience for the South African dancers to connect with Lifestyle Crew from Zimbabwe as part of the “Break in Divides” supported by Prohelvitia Swiss Arts Council. The collaborative project hosted two South African dancers in Zimbabwe for a week to train and develop a 10 minute dance piece. The overall performance was held at the African Hip Hop Indaba on the 15th October. Impressed the outcome of the project, the Zimbabwean crew will be returning to South Africa in 2017.
This year we extended Positive Poster Day into a week long awareness of the importance of media giving a more rounded manner of reporting on communities in which the Good people Are Always the Majority. We did campaigns that were personal, virtual, group, international and continental. This year IOL community newspaper for Southern Mail got involved and shared some of our messaging and work with young people in the area.The campaign ran from the 30th May until the 3rd June 2016.
The Espresso Morning Breakfast Television Show on SABC3 decided to acknowledge Emile and his work in Heal The Hood Project, by Awarding him with the Mandela Monday Hero Award for 12th may. They featured Heal The Hood Projects work at Grassdale High in Grassy Park. Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNeqvtXMGcU