There is always plenty to do in your spare time in and around Cape Town but this past week has been particularly eventful for the international volunteers at Volunteers Direct.
On Monday night we took the volunteers to the 12thAnnual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture at the University of Cape Town. This year’s speaker was Sir Sydney Kentridge QC, internationally renowned advocate and lead lawyer for the Biko family at the inquest into his death. The title of the lecture was “Evil under the sun: The death of Steve Biko” in which he gave a chilling account of how Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa, died while in police detention 34 years ago.
Wednesday evening we arranged tickets for the Premier Football League clash between Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs played at the World Cup stadium. Each volunteer kindly invited and paid for one kid from the township. Thankfully the local side Ajax won 2-1 in an entertaining match.
This past Friday one of the pupils known as Mr Bubbles at Hout Bay High School, which is one of the local schools where the volunteers teach, invited us to a tour of the local mosque where his father is the Imam. He gave us an interesting look into the culture and religion of Islam and its history in Cape Town.
The week was rounded off by the great news that our “star” Grade 3 pupil who we help teach at the local township school, Oranjekloof Primary, has been accepted at the fee paying Kronendaal Primary School for January 2012. This is a fantastic opportunity which should greatly improve his education. His fees and full expenses are being generously paid for by our recent Belgian volunteer, Annabel.