PFA meet with The British High Commissioner at Langa High School

South Africa

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

John Hudson and Michael Bennett visited the new Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation offices at the Old Granary building in the heart of district 6 in Cape Town to meet with CEO Razaan Bailey and Dean Jacobs, Programme Manager to discuss the PFA’s Education/CSR programme and future partnership work with the Foundation. Whilst there, they were privileged to see the new Peace Museum and gave a short presentation to 40 young people around Mental Health and Wellbeing. 

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town. It follows the example of Archbishop and Mrs. Tutu by supporting local and international projects and initiatives that promote peace, reconciliation and Ubuntu for the benefit of all.

The Foundation’s activist role includes developing and managing partnerships and legacy-promoting programmes. At the same time, the organisation contributes to the positioning of Cape Town as a world capital for the intellectual and practical pursuit of local and global peace, morality and human dignity.

Langa High School

The PFA and TackleAfrica visited Langa High School in the morning to continue the Education programme remembering the history of Human Rights Day. Langa is Cape Town’s oldest township, established in 1923. Similar to the nearby communities of Gugulethu and Khayelitsha, Langa is one of the many areas that were established prior to the apartheid era designated for Black Africans.

The township still needs a great deal of support in areas of education, community and youth development and employment. Langa High School is a public school established in 1937 and serves over 800 students. The learners in Cape come from very poor backgrounds (many from nearby informal settlements) in an area where there is increasing crime and substance abuse.

Nigel Casey (British High Commissioner designated to South Africa) joined the PFA delegation at Langa High School to see at first hand the Education/CSR work of the union.

The High Commissioner is the UK government’s representative in a Commonwealth nation. They are responsible for the direction and work of the High Commission and its Deputy High Commissions and/or Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.

Bramble Way Primary School

The group then went across to Bramble Way Primary School in the afternoon which is a public school located in Bonteheuwel serving approximately 450 learners. Bonteheuwel is a township in Cape Town and suffers from a high rate of gang violence.

In areas consumed by violence and poverty, opportunities for schoolchildren are often few and far between. But Bramble Way Primary School is providing hundreds of schoolchildren with a positive environment in which to learn, develop and thrive.