VANESSA LEVENSTEIN

Come rain or shine the show must go on. But what about the drought?

For nearly 30 years Zama Dance School in Gugulethu has trained young dancers not only for the stage, but for life. However, life at the school has been challenged by something far greater than the magician’s spell on the swans. The crisis is that there is no water for the Zama swans in the lake!

Zama Dance School

A Balanced Place

Dance is a vital part of Cape Town’s cultural life. Zama Dance School has trained young dancers, choreographers and teachers, whilst equipping them with a sense of pride, self-discipline and achievement.

Andrew Warth, Director of Zama Dance School, is acutely aware of the threat the drought poses to the wellbeing of the students.

“Zama Dance School has provided a safe and nurturing learning environment for hundreds of at-risk children in Gugulethu and the surrounding townships. Water is vital for the daily functioning of our dance school, which for many has become a second home.”

The Waltz of Water

For Zama to continue to flow, they need an alternate water system, one that does not rely solely on municipal water.  The solution is simple: Water tanks that connect to the plumbing system, so that the toilets can flush and the dancers can shower. The cost and installation is approximately R 26 700.00. The remaining R3 300 will be used to purchase non-potable water from a licensed source to fill the tanks before (hopefully) the rainy season.

Zama don’t have the funds for this operation and that’s where Fine Music Radio has stepped in. FMR listeners are not only lovers of music, art and dance, but are pro-social, active citizens.

Zama Dance School

FMR’s Station Manager, Mark Jennings is confident that together they can help Zama. “Time and time again our listeners have proved to be deeply altruistic. At the moment the 100 students who attend the dance school in the afternoons have been instructed not to flush the loos or shower. This is because of the acute need to save water, and the high cost of municipal water caused by the drought. We want to plumb in a 5000 litre water tank that will give them 550 flushes per tank-load. It’s not a lot when you think that R30 000 breaks down to R300 a dance student,” he says.

Andrew Warth is hopeful, “I would like to thank Fine Music Radio and their loyal listeners for helping us keep our doors open during the Cape’s water crisis”.

To make a donation: Visit FMR.co.za or call 021 401 1013 during office hours

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