The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) South African College of Music student, Thabisa Dinga, uses her passion for music and dance to develop skills for KwaLanga township’s young community members. Through her Jika Madinga dance school located inside the Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre in KwaLanga, she teaches contemporary dance to the youth. Dinga is involved in many community programmes which include a UCT outreach programme where she teaches young learners about indigenous African instruments and how to play them.
Dinga, who hails from KwaLanga, is currently completing a Master of Music.
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The Western Cape’s oldest township, KwaLanga, is marking its centenary in April 2023, presenting an opportunity to reflect on the township’s rich history and heritage. The University of Cape Town (UCT) has a history of engaging with KwaLanga residents, conducting research work, and collaborating on community initiatives.
“The local people need to know that this is a place that houses their history,
and they should use opportunities to come and reflect on where we’ve come from.”
– Thami Sijila, Langa Heritage Museum curator and tour guide