TESTIMONIALS

INDUSTRY AMBASSADORS

Our loyal supporters include a number of internationally acclaimed performing arts professionals.

DELIA SAINSBURY
- DIRECTOR OF THE WATERFRONT THEATRE SCHOOL (WTS)

It was Delia, a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in London, who originally suggested that Amoyo should not only offer dance classes but, rather, a full performing arts programme. WTS now works closely with Amoyo to assist with qualified teachers; it also offers bursaries to our outstanding students, enabling them to pursue a sustained career in the performing arts.

“I have been thrilled, humbled and excited by the establishment of Amoyo. The development of the students in all performing arts genres has already been nothing short of astounding. It is incredible to see the level of dance, drama and musical theatre that had been produced under the most difficult of circumstances. I fully support all of Amoyo’s fundraising and sponsorship efforts and do not hesitate to recommend the school for assistance in any way. It is a unique project and of invaluable service to the community as a whole.”

DUANE ALEXANDER/LAMTA
- DIRECTOR OF MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP

In addition to being a highly acclaimed performer, Duane works as a lecturer, teacher and choreographer at The Cape Academy of Performing Arts as well as in film/television and children’s theatre productions.

“We at Musical Theatre Workshop are incredibly impressed by the talented kids of Amoyo. In the midst of certain adversities, these children and teenagers have managed to acquire a passion for the arts, and it is without doubt a result of the love and care they get from their teachers and facilitators at Amoyo. These amazing people are inspiring a whole community and new generation of performing artists and their families. What they achieve, with the limited resources they have, is incredible and needs to be recognised and applauded. Amoyo is more than just a Performing Arts Foundation; it is a ‘home’ to a whole group of kids who have found a new ‘family’ of support, love, encouragement and kindness.”

KWEKU MANDELA AMUAH
- HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT/PARTNER AT OUT OF AFRICA ENTERTAINMENT

Kweku is not “merely” Nelson Mandela’s grandson. He is co-founder of the Africa Rising Foundation, which is committed to publicising the positive image of Africa through publications, films, media and social interaction, thereby also instilling and heightening a sense of pride and purpose in young Africans. He is also the president of Out of Africa Entertainment, where his primary responsibility is to seek our interesting screenwriters and stories, develop screenplays for the production, and manage the organisation’s development of existing and new business.

“It’s amazing what you’re doing at Amoyo. I look forward to visiting when I’m back in Cape Town soon.”

PHILIP BOYD
- FOUNDER & CEO OF DANCE FOR ALL

A former principal dancer with CAPAB (now Cape Town City Ballet), Philip started offering township ballet classes in 1991, with Amoyo co-founder Nandipha Sandlana among his first 34 students. He subsequently employed her as his assistant dance teacher, and he has followed her career with close interest ever since.

“It is wonderful to see the experience and knowledge Nandipha has gained, coming from the background she did, and now being such a great role model by giving so much back to hundreds of children through this wonderful organisation, the Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation. Amoyo sits perfectly in the area it represents, empowering the children and youth of Hout Bay. I must compliment Amoyo on the wonderful work it has done to date and I fully endorse it for all the support it can get in future.”

Roberto Quintas
- ward councellor Hout Bay

Dear Kim

I cannot endorse more the good work being done by yourself and Amoyo and the valuable contribution that it is to the performing arts and life skill and orientation development of the most vulnerable youth in the Hout Bay community.

CHILDREN
Anele Hlophe, Girl age 14, 13th June 2017
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I have learnt from Amoyo and Amoyo has helped a lot for people to find their dreams and overcome fear with your workshops.

Miss Mandisa – I love your African music and rhythm and I look upto you as a great singer.

Miss Nandipha – I love your character and I love your ballet so much

Erika – I love your drama, I never saw you perform but I can see you are a great performer

Mbulelo – I love your singing so much and I also look upto you

Mama Lindy – I enjoyed coming to your house and had so much fun.

Amoyo Office – to all I thank you for all your support, I love to come to the workshops because it shows me how to overcome my fears and peer pressures that appear in my life.

To all the learners I want to be an example of motivation to not stop living your dream. At Amoyo as far as I know all Amoyo students and Amoyo teachers have very shining bright future. With dance you can live your dream and have good luck on it.

From Anele from the bottom of my heart.

From Tina Mgidlana, girl age 15 on 13th June 2017
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Marilyn Noble
10:57 AM (43 minutes ago)
to Lumi

To all Amoyo teachers

I want to say I’m so sorry about what happened, and I want to say that it won’t happen again.

It’s just that I got carried away I didn’t think about what I’m doing with my life.

I didn’t realise that I am throwing my opportunities and future away. I wanted to fit in with the others and I didn’t think about how are you going to feel and going to react about what I’ve done, but now I see that I’ve really messed up my life and your lives too.

I hope you’ll find it in your hearts to forgive me. Once you forgive me ill make sure that this won’t happen again.

I didn’t communicate with you I was just keeping things to myself because at first I didn’t know what the word communication means but now I do.

I really hope that you understand and will find it in your hearts to forgive me.

I really miss Amoyo, without Amoyo I’m nothing, without Amoyo I’m like an empty bottle.

I’ve realised that Amoyo keeps things to their hearts and don’t share personal things with others.

Especially if you have a mother like I have, communication is out of the question.

I really miss your tender loving care and you always make us feel loved when we are with you.

You make us proud about Amoyo and sometimes I think if I really deserve to be a part of Amoyo family.

I hope you do forgive me and I really miss Amoyo.

Amoyo Children
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“Mandisa is like a second mother to me. I love her, I respect her and – most importantly – I look up to her.” – Zintle, 14

“Nandipha is the most loving and caring person.
Without her, I would not have learnt from my
mistakes and I would have chosen bad things in life.
She is always on my side, wanting what’s best for me.” – Tina, 15

t Amoyo. I never believed I could or
would ever be on stage. Now I have dreams
and I am excited for my future.” – Shakile, 16

“My Amoyo teachers have taught me a lot. I’m looking forward to
my future now because I have found my true self and I have self-confidence.
I thank Amoyo.”– Ongeziwe, 14

“Kim, Mandisa and Nandipha, you are the best people in my life.
You teach me lots of things and keep me away from the street
and all bad things. I am proud and grateful to be part of Amoyo.
Amoyo means everything to me.” – Thobeka, 10

PARENTS
Phindile Phillip Shumi (parent of Thobeka Shumi)
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I really like this Amoyo group it keeps my daughter busy out of street activities.
I thank you teachers.

Linamandla’s mum
- mum from Linamandla

Amoyo teaches our children about respect , how to dance , singing and drama. It encourages them to have purpose in life to have goals in future. My child joined Amoyo last year from what I have seen from him his very happy he enjoys it, I don’t push him at all, instead he keeps asking me, what time is it now ? can i go yet? Well thank you so much to all of you at Amoyo and I’m glad I let my child join Amoyo because I know my child is in good hands .Being a single mom raising a boy is tough but if he stays at Amoyo and listens to your teachings hes got a great future ahead of him, in all thank you so much guy’s for being an inspiration to our children. keep up the good work God will bless you ❤❤❤

COMMUNITY MEMBERS
BRIDGET MANGCU
- HOUT BAY CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Letter of testimony

Dear Kim,
I am blessed to receive such a great award to stand in testimony to Amoyo Performing
Arts Foundation. I am short in words to try and testify to the great work that you
undertake with regards to our youth. I bless the Lord that we share the burden of the
distressing issues that Affect our youth. I pray that you do not ever come to me saying
you’ve run out of strength.
The foundation is a strong key and the only one of it’s kind in the community that
undertakes to bring about change, a positive attitude and hope for a better future for
the youth of Imizamo Yethu. Yes, we pray that by the mighty hand of the heavenly
Father you might come into the kind of funding support that would provide the
foundation with a solid foundation and great strength moving forward. I am one of
you cheer leaders in the work that you do. If you should fail in the effort to motivate
even one member of our youth into a successful career in the areas of arts or African
contemporary ballet or speech and drama or sing and musical theatre and even in the
men of change programme – instilling a sense of self confidence as you always say and
dealing with issues of selfishness and teen pregnancy issues – one of the issues that
breaks my heart personally, then unfortunately you will have failed the nation but if
you should succeed even with one youth member and the became successful and
made a career out of your efforts then you will have saved a nation. Because this way
we will always have a beacon of hope for the rest of our youth who are affected by hard
core issues.
I am leaning on you to wheel the youth forward. I apologise if I sound like I’m
burdening you with all this responsibility but I pray for you for all the success you
need and desire to carry out this responsibility in life.
I pray for you to champion in this mission, your mission in life.
Yours truly,
Ps Bridgette Mangcu

AHLEY NEWELL
- HOUT BAY PARTNERSHIP

“Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation is an organization which goes much deeper than the dance. The teachers are truly invested in the wellbeing of their pupils and strive to address the additional life challenges these young performers bring with them to the stage. Amoyo works in collaboration with many organizations and strives to provide a full timetable of activities across our community for a wide range of age groups and disciplines. They are bridging divides through a common appreciation of self-expression while upholding strong organizational values and governance to maximize the benefits they can bring to their beneficiaries and our community as a whole.”

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